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Spring Cleaning the Efficient Way

Published on NewsOK Published: February 18, 2013
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2. Work hardest-to-easiest: A little trick I have figured out is that getting the hardest task done first makes the rest of the job seem easy. For me, the kitchen is the most labor-intensive room during spring cleaning, so I tackle it first. Start with the worst job in the worst room. Cleaning the oven and range top is the worst job in my kitchen. The second worst is pulling out all of the appliances and vacuuming and mopping behind them. Third is dusting the tops of the cabinets. Fourth is pulling everything out of the cabinets, and cleaning inside the cabinets. You get the idea. However, before you work hardest-to-easiest, work top-to-bottom.

3. Work top-to-bottom: It makes no sense to dislodge dust from above if you've already cleaned below. The absolute first thing to do when spring cleaning is dusting the ceiling and high parts of the walls. If the dust falls onto the ground or onto your furniture, no big deal since you will be cleaning it later in the day.

4. Your spring cleaning check list: How deep you clean is (obviously) up to you. There are thousands of spring cleaning guides and check lists on the Internet; it seems like every DIY blogger has published one. For me, the priority is always deep cleaning the kitchen and actually dusting off all of the books and bookshelves (in my house, this is a big job, as an entire wall of our living room is covered by book shelves and books). If you work full time, as I do, breaking spring cleaning down into smaller pieces and prioritizing the big, tough jobs might be the most efficient way to approach the task. Unclutterer published a very reasonable spring cleaning list; check out Martha Stewart's spring cleaning checklist if you are more ambitious. By purchasing all of your cleaning supplies before you begin spring cleaning, and by cleaning top-to-bottom and hardest-to-easiest, your spring cleaning can be efficient and tolerable.

Chaya Kurtz writes about everything from electricians in Phoenix to roofers for Networx.com.

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