The phrase ‘deep cleaning’ brings up images of hours upon hours of drudgery, instilling a sense of dread in many. With so little time to do even the most basic chores around the house, how can you be expected to do a deep clean? While it might sound scary, it doesn’t have to be.
Deep cleaning your home is exciting, as it leaves you with a clean slate to make aesthetic changes to your space. Whether you simply want to make your home cozier or have plans to completely redecorate, deep cleaning first is a must. Follow these three simple tips and you’ll have your home looking spick and span in no time.
Downsize your belongings
There’s nothing worse than trying to wipe down the back of your cupboards and having to remove all those spices that expired years ago only to put them back after you’ve finished. If you’re living in a cluttered space, deep cleaning will take you significantly longer.
Your first step should be to do a spring clean. A key component of any spring clean is to declutter your space. There are many methods you can follow to achieve this, including the KonMari Method, developed by Marie Kondo.
To follow this method, you’ll need to clean by category rather than the room. Go through each of your possessions one by one and ask yourself whether this item is something you want to take with you into the future. If it’s not, place it in a donation or throw-away pile.
Once you’ve sorted through your belongings, you’re ready to move on to the deep clean.
Make a plan
Before beginning the cleaning process, you should write up a plan for how you will tackle the job. Without a plan, you’ll find yourself wandering from room to room, wasting time as you walk back and forth. Having a plan that clearly outlines what needs to be done will also give you a clear indication of where the finish line is. Aimlessly cleaning with no end in sight can feel discouraging and reduce the likelihood that you will see the deep clean through.
Unlike in the KonMari Method, during the deep clean stage, you should work on one room at a time. As you walk through each room, make a list of tasks that need to be completed. Once you’ve compiled your master list, organize it according to the size of the task. Place the most difficult tasks at the beginning of the list, and the easiest towards the end. This way, you’ll do the most difficult jobs when you have the most motivation.
Ask for help
While it might seem like you have to do it all, there is no shame in asking for help. Whether you have family members around that can assist with the jobs that are better suited to more than one person (such as moving the oven to clean behind it), or you need to hire a professional, get assistance when you need it.
Cleaning your windows yourself might not be safe, requiring you to reach out to a window cleaning company. You may not have the right equipment for certain tasks, such as cleaning carpets, making hiring a carpet cleaning company a better choice than going out to buy expensive specialist equipment.
Now that you have the tools to deep clean your home, you’re ready to get started. Take a deep breath, and remember – you’ve got this!