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2024 Spring Cleaning — Tips, Tricks and Mistakes to Avoid

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The flowers are blooming, the leaves are popping out and the days are getting longer. Spring is here, and that means it’s time for Canadians across the country to prepare for their annual spring cleaning chores. Whether it’s decluttering the basement, deep cleaning the kitchen or scouring the bathrooms, we’re here to help you cross off all the items on your spring cleaning checklist while avoiding common mistakes. Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you. Follow our advice and you’ll have a clean and tidy home in no time.

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Decluttering Done Right

The first step to any successful spring cleaning plan is to take on the clutter. Simplify the process by going room by room. Sort your stuff into three piles: keep, give away and chuck out. Be absolutely ruthless in your decision-making. If you haven’t used something in the past year, get rid of it.

Related: How to Declutter Every Room in Your House (Now’s the Time!)

When it comes to the “keep” pile, invest in some storage bins and shelves. Label everything to ensure each item has a designated spot in your home. This will not only make your rooms look neat and tidy, but it will also make it easier to maintain that tidiness year-round.

Remember to properly dispose of items that can’t be donated or recycled. Most municipalities offer special collection days or a central drop-off for hazardous materials, electronics and other hard-to-recycle items, so check your local guidelines.

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Spring Cleaning in the Kitchen

Once you’ve decluttered, it’s time for some of the deep cleaning. Start with the rooms that have the most use, like the kitchen and bathrooms. These areas tend to collect the most grime and need a more thorough scrubbing.

Related: The Ultimate Checklist for Your Monthly Kitchen Deep Clean

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In the kitchen, focus on the areas like the oven, microwave and refrigerator. Use a combination of baking soda, vinegar and elbow grease to attack tough stains and greasy, built-up residue. Don’t forget to wipe down the inside of your cabinets and drawers as well. While you’re a it, why not take the opportunity to reorganize and simplify your kitchen and pantry?

Related: How to Deep Clean a Dishwasher

Spring Cleaning in the Bathroom

When you move on to cleaning your bathroom, pay special attention to the tile, grout and caulking. These areas are breeding grounds for mould and mildew, so be sure to use a dedicated bathroom cleaner and a scrub brush to get them sparkling clean. Wipe down the vanity, mirrors and other surfaces to complete the job.

Related: Your 10-Step Bathroom Cleaning Routine

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Mistakes to Avoid

While spring cleaning can be a rewarding experience (we can hear you snickering), it’s easy to make some common mistakes that can derail your efforts. Here are a few to keep in mind:

Trying to do everything at once: Attempting to complete your entire spring cleaning list in one weekend is a recipe for stress and burnout. Instead, break it down into manageable tasks and address them one at a time over a couple of weekends and maybe a few weeknights. And get everyone in the family to pitch in. This isn’t a solo gig!

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Skipping the prep work: Before you start cleaning, take the time to gather all the necessary supplies and tools. This will help you work more efficiently and avoid annoying interruptions.

Failing to protect your surfaces: When using harsh cleaning products, take care to protect your floors, countertops and other surfaces from damage. Always use coasters, mats and other protective covers and pads to keep your home looking clean and tidy.

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Neglecting the details: It’s easy to get caught up in the big picture and forget about the smaller, often-overlooked areas. Be sure to clean behind appliances, wipe down light switches and vacuum up those dust bunnies hiding under your furniture.

Neglecting to maintain your cleaning efforts: Once you’ve finished your spring cleaning, it’s important to maintain cleanliness throughout the year. Add regular cleaning routines into your weekly or monthly schedule to keep your home in tip-top shape.

Related: 10-Minute Cleaning Routines: How to Clean a House Fast

Own Spring Cleaning in 2024

You may already be rolling your eyes at the thought of spring cleaning this year, but with the right mindset and a little bit of planning, it can be a not-horrible experience. By having a strategy, decluttering and avoiding common mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to a clean and organized home that you can enjoy all year round and be proud to show off to your family and friends.



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