It’s National Cleaning Week! Every year, the fourth week of March is reserved on our calendars as a time to put away our winter essentials and tidy up our homes in preparation for spring. HomeTeam Pest Defense is celebrating this year by sharing our favorite spring cleaning tips that help us stay organized.
Attempting to clean a dirty house can quickly become overwhelming. Make it easier on yourself by writing down what needs to be cleaned and what day it should be conquered. Breaking your to-do list down step-by-step will also help you realize which areas should be a higher priority. If you find yourself having a hard time developing a schedule, feel free to use our 30-day guide to help you stay on top of your cleaning checklist.
Once the cleaning is underway, it is easy to find yourself wanting to scrub, polish, and dust everything in sight at once. Separate your to-do list one step further by focusing your energy on cleaning one room at a time, and do not move on until you have accomplished cleaning the entire space. By designating one day for the kitchen and living spaces, another for bedrooms and bathrooms, and another for the garage, your daunting list will seem to shrink in size.
When tackling each room, start high up and work your way to the ground. Many people overlook ceiling fan blades, hanging lights, and air vents, so start by wiping down each of these fixtures. Then move on to washing the windows, blinds, doors and doorframes until you reach the floor. Once you begin wiping the baseboards, checking corners for cobwebs and vacuuming, you will collect up any extra dust and grime that might have fallen off of higher places.
When is the last time you moved your couch or peeked under your refrigerator? Junk has a way of accumulating under living room furniture, beds, and appliances, all of which are attractive places for pests to hide. Avoid missing hard-to-reach places by moving your furniture around to check for hidden dust bunnies. After washing or vacuuming the area, pick up any scraps that were previously hidden out of sight. Keeping these areas clean will help prevent future pest infestations.
Spring cleaning is a daunting task that all homeowners have to deal with, but staying organized and keeping up with your to-do list can make the chore much less intimidating. Maintaining a clean household is also the best way to prevent pests from inviting themselves into your home. If you find any traces of pest activity while cleaning your home, contact your local HomeTeam Pest Defense service professional.