Spring Cleaning Secrets from the Pros

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Spring Cleaning Secrets from the Pros

Most of us are familiar with spring cleaning. For many folks it is an annual task that can seem a bit overwhelming. There are some secrets that every individual should know that can help make the process run more smoothly. Check out these tips we can take from the pros that will make a daunting project more efficient and manageable.

The One-Year Principle

Most professionals have at least one variant of this particular rule. The gist of the rule is that if you have not used an item for at least one year, you probably shouldn’t keep it. There are exceptions to this rule, but in general it is a theory that works. When deciding whether to keep or toss an item, think about when you last used it. If it has been so long you can’t remember it or it’s outdated then it is likely  taking up valuable space you can better use for something else.

Top to Bottom

This is a basic rule that simply makes sense. Most dust particles and dirt generally fall downwards. So, when spring cleaning (or cleaning at any time), begin cleaning at the top of each room and continue on toward the bottom. For example, begin with washing walls, then cleaning furniture and tables, and finally finish by cleaning the floor.  This secret ensures that you will not clean the floor, only to have clean it once again after dust and dirt fall from furniture.

Keep, Donate, Trash

When you are going through items determining what to keep and you find yourself unsure, keep this simple rule in mind: keep, donate, or trash. Divide the items into three piles as you sort them. Keep the items you love, donate the items that are in good condition that someone else can put to better use, and trash anything that is damaged. The piles force you into a decision and everything is easier to deal with and to organize.

Don’t Work Alone

Even the most ambitious and organized professional will tell you that it is almost always easier to get a job done with a little help. If possible, include family members by giving everyone their own personalized to do list. If you do not have enough family members or if you live alone, consider doing a cleaning swap with friends, or give thought to hiring a professional.

Work in Sections

One tried and true method for making spring cleaning easier to handle is by working in segments in your home. If you attempt to tackle everything at once, you will soon be overwhelmed. Move through your home room by room, and corner by corner. In no time at all, you will have completed your entire list.


It’s common sense that the fewer items you have, the less you will have to clean and organize later on. As mentioned before – when you are going through your home during spring cleaning, think about what you can live without. Get rid of unnecessary items whenever possible.

Spring cleaning is not always easy. With these secrets, and a little work, you will soon have your home looking neat, tidy and organized once again.

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