5 Spring Cleaning Hacks for the Super Busy

We all know how life can get…crazy, hectic, a mess…When you’re super busy trying to keep your house clean can feel like that final push off the ledge…never enough time to get it all done…but you’re in luck today because I have 5 super hacks from the fabulous Gemma Tyler from www.smartvacuums.co.uk! 

Spring cleaning is one of the most relaxing things you can do, after all, it means that you are giving your home the deep clean it needs so that it is ready for the summer. Of course, many of us are incredibly busy with work and family, so there isn’t always time to get it done in one fell swoop. To help those who are super busy, we have a few top tips to ensure that you get the spring cleaning done, and done well.

#1 One Room at a Time

If you look at the big picture, the whole thing becomes overwhelming, and so the best thing you can do is take it in stages. When you start cleaning, just go for one room at a time. You could focus on cleaning the bathroom on Monday, the kitchen on Tuesday, and so on. Work around your own work/life schedule so that you leave enough time to clean, but also to relax. After all, you don’t want to burn yourself out.

#2 Organise Your Wardrobe

Spring is here, and winter has left until the end of the year, so now is the time to sort your wardrobe out. Take those winter clothes and sort through them. Get rid of the items that you won’t wear again (donate them to charity), and put the rest in the back of your wardrobe, or on the far end, where they can be stored safely and nicely until the cold weather returns. You can also sort through your spring clothing before placing it at the front where it is most accessible.

#3 Declutter

Take the time to declutter each room as you clean. Over the course of a year, we all end up with stuff that shouldn’t be there, and clutter truly can be the worst when it comes to collecting dust and making a room look untidy. Ask yourself if you really want or need an item before placing it in a box and donating it to charity, or putting it back where you found it (after cleaning it). The process of decluttering can leave you feeling lighter and more relaxed as your home starts to look better.

#4 Clean the Light Fixtures

It’s amazing how much dust and dirt your light fixtures will collect, and when you are organising your cleaning schedule, you simply must remember to take a moment to quickly dust them off. It’s a fast process, and all you need is a dusting cloth to get it done. On top of and around the lampshades, the top of your light switch, all of these places are dust traps. It’s a cleaning task that will only take a moment and leave the air in your home feeling clearer than ever.

#5 Vacuum Little and Often

Getting the vacuum cleaner out is important, as most of the dirt and grime in your house can be found in carpets, rugs, and on your flooring in general. You should try to fit in a little vacuuming three times a week, or once a day if you have multiple pets in the home or high volumes of traffic.

You should also consider investing in a model that has a HEPA filter, as this acts to trap all of the dust and allergens, allowing only clean air to be pushed back out. This means that you have less dust to clean up later – as everything is trapped in the vacuum. It’s the best way to rid your home of dirt and debris quickly and efficiently.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this has helped make your spring cleaning efforts a little easier. After all, it’s not easy running your life and finding time to clean. The best thing to do is to look at the smaller chunks instead of the big picture so that you don’t get overwhelmed, and to take the time to declutter when you can. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be done in a day!

About the Guest Author

Gemma Tyler is a freelance writer and blogger. You can keep up to date by following Gemma on Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest. If you are interested in reading more of her vacuum and cleaning related content, be sure to check out her ultimate guides here .

How to not so Usual Spring Clean for a Spectacular Spring

The calendar says it’s Spring but I awoke to 4 inches of snow on the ground this morning…I have Spring Fever soooo bad! Snow or no snow, I’ve been getting busy with my Spring cleaning to get myself ready for an awesome Spring and Summer ahead. We all know the usual Spring Cleaning tasks – wash the bed sheets, draperies, shampoo the carpets, clean the windows…all that good, deep house-cleaning stuff you do as you get ready to open the windows – ah that is definitely in my top three of the favorite times of the year, the first time you open the windows for Spring. But (always a but right?) what about all the other stuff, you know some of the finer details? 

  1. Clean out Your Closet – Okay this one is kind of the usual and most of  us do it but I still put it on the list cause it’s a big one for me.So here’s the details of why this one is a top Spring Cleaning task for me (and I do this at the beginning of every season Summer, Fall, Winter too). First and foremost, it’s time to swap out and rearrange some clothes as I transition from Winter to Spring. Second, as I start getting back into my fitness mindset (out of what I like to call my “bear weight” because well I’m just going to say it, the extra keeps me warmer during the winter – being real here – and naturally I fluctuate a bit more during the Winter in my weight because I’m not as active being inside more), pulling out an visualizing my Spring and Summer outfits helps get me motivated. Want some tips on closet clean out? I wrote a kick butt post, Power Tips for an Awesome Closet Clean Out, that shares what I’m like cleaning out my closet (I go all in for the haul!)
  2. Clean out your Inbox – who wants to be sitting at their computer on a beautiful sunny day going through emails, not me! So I’ll take a little extra time now cleaning out the collection of promotional emails that have stacked up from the holiday season (don’t judge me, it’s been a crazy busy beginning of the year). Check out my Bringing Peace to Your Inbox post for tips on keeping it under wraps after you get it all cleaned up. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I’m totally plugging myself this blog post but man I got resources I want to share with you!)
  3. Clean out your health and beauty products – I don’t know about you but I’ve been adding some more color to my stash and getting ready to get my ‘fresh, Spring face’ on for everyone! Did you know that we should be rotating out our beauty products several times throughout the year? This helps keep bacteria from forming and keeping your face clear (you know how you wet your brush, dip it in your eye shadow, apply, and repeat? Unfortunately that could be adding some potential for bacteria to grow to – so swap out your products and clean your brushes girls!) I also take stock of moisturizers, vitamins and all the other good stuff I’ll be using up to make sure I’m stocked up and not hanging on to anything I don’t use that adds clutter…oooh and get some yummy new floral or citrus scents to bring in Spring with!
  4. Clean out your fridge and freezer – and not just for the clean factor but also for the ‘let me stock up on healthy vegetables and fruits’ so I can be successful working this “bear weight” off kind of mindset. Prep adds to success! Give this baby a good wipe down as you go through it too. Move over frozen vegetables and fruits, cause the fresh ones are coming in! Think grilling too – oh yay, my favorite!
  5. Clean up your finances – Saving up for a Summer Vacation? Gotta get those finances organized so you can stay on track…plus hopefully by now we’ve been able to bounce back a little from the holiday spending. I find myself on the go more during the Spring and Summer so it’s important for me to have a good budget and record of spending in place for myself that I can easily and quickly update. Here’s the budget planner I use (yes, another self plug but it’s a good one, I promise!) – How to Build a Budget for those that Hate Budgets – umm, like me, but this made it so much easier for me so I hate it a little less now.
  6. Clean out your books and magazines – this can be paperbacks/hardbacks or kindle format, whatever you got. Some laying on the beach Summer reading is ahead so get through your books and get ready. Have books you’ve never read? Move them to the front so they’re convenient to grab when packing…I’d tell you to get rid of the books you’ve already read but that’s not my strength. I totally see my books as trophies after I read them and I envision myself someday having a home with either a library room stacked floor to ceiling with shelves of books or a very long hallway with the same so I can’t back you up on that one but if it’s for you and it fits your fancy, then by all means, yes de-clutter away!!!

So back to my Spring Fever – on days like this when there’s snow on the ground (which I’m happy to report has been melting throughout the day), are the days I tuck inside with a good Yoga practice…but I’m biting at the chance to get outside for a great hike! So for now, I’ll focus on wrapping up my Spring Cleaning so when those warm days hit I’ll be ready to get out!

What kinds of unusual Spring Cleaning do you do?