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4 Things to Do Before You Start Spring Cleaning

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Before you dive into deep cleaning any room in your home, it can be helpful to strategize how you’re going to tackle it. A plan of attack can make housework a lot less stressful, and the steps below will help you come up with one.

You don’t have to put as much work into the planning as you will the actual cleaning, but making a few lists and a schedule can make the process go much smoother. So rather than just diving into all that dust, follow the steps below to plan your spring cleaning tour around your home.

Make a List or Two

Lists will remind you what needs to get done, and they’re pretty useful in all areas of life. When it comes to using lists to create a cleaning plan, you can structure it just as you would a weekly to-do list.

It will remind you to clean the bathroom, dust under the couch, or vacuum the dog hair off the stairs. Whether it’s digital or on paper, you can check off each task as you get it done. Seeing your progress in black and white can be motivational.

You should also create a list of the stuff you don’t need to do every week, like dusting ceiling fans or cleaning the stovetop. Include one of these tasks on your regular list each week, then just start over after you’ve completed them all.

Make a Schedule

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Speaking of each week’s plan, having a schedule is a great way to motivate you to clean. Rather than writing all of the to-do items on one giant list, break things up into daily assignment lists.

For example, if you schedule bathroom cleaning one day of the week, the kitchen the next, and the living room the day after that, you’ll feel more focused each day.

A more manageable list system and a schedule make tackling big cleaning tasks much easier, especially when you’re also working, chasing kids, walking the dog, and trying to stay in touch with friends and family.

If you can just clean one room each day, it’ll ensure that every dirty corner gets the proper attention.

Make Sure You Have the Right Supplies

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Before you start cleaning, you’ll also want to double-check and make sure you have all the cleaning products and supplies you’re going to need for each task. As you know, some cleaning projects require different products.

Check under your bathroom sink and make sure all the essentials are there. You’ll definitely want some white vinegar and all the other necessities for a sparkling kitchen.

And, of course, make sure your vacuum cleaner is emptied of debris and ready to suck up all that gunk from your carpets.

Plan Your Attack

One last thing to do before you start cleaning is to know exactly where to start. There are good and bad places to begin a cleaning project.

For example, sweeping the kitchen floor before you clean the counters and stovetop is a bad idea. You’ll just end up having to sweep again, which is a waste of time.

It’s usually best to clean everything from top to bottom, doing the dry stuff before the wet stuff.


Just knowing when and where you’re going to start can make cleaning your home so much easier. It doesn’t take much time to make a list, then you can easily keep track of what still needs to be done. Better yet, it makes it easier to assign some of those tasks to an assistant or two.

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