Who doesn’t want a fresh clean home that feels like it’s been cleaned like you’ve hired a professional? Spring cleaning is not just about tidying up; it’s an opportunity to reevaluate your living space, update based on the changing needs of your everyday life, and create a sanctuary that is a refuge rather than a source of stress. But, like most of us, if it’s not within your budget to hire help regularly, here’s what you need to know to clean like a pro:


Start with a Plan

Before diving in, take a moment to assess the areas that need attention. Create a checklist of tasks for each room to ensure nothing gets overlooked. Breaking down the cleaning process into manageable chunks will make it less overwhelming.


1. Declutter First: 

Professional cleaners know that tidying up is the first step to a successful clean. Go through each room and declutter by getting rid of items you no longer need or use. Donate, recycle, or toss away anything that’s taking up unnecessary space. 


2. Gather Your Tools: 

Arm yourself with the right cleaning tools and products. Invest in quality microfiber cloths, sponges, scrub brushes, and a reliable vacuum cleaner. Choose environmentally friendly cleaning solutions or make your own using natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.


3. Work from Top to Bottom: 

One of the golden rules of professional cleaning is to start at the highest point and work your way down. Begin by dusting ceiling fans, light fixtures, and crown molding before tackling surfaces and furniture. This way, any dust or debris that falls will be cleaned up as you progress.


4. Pay Attention to Detail: 

Professional cleaners have a keen eye for detail, and so should you. Don’t forget to clean often overlooked areas such as baseboards, door frames, and window sills. Use a damp cloth or a vacuum attachment to remove dust and grime from these spots.


5. Deep Clean Floors: 

Carpets, hardwood floors, and tile all require different cleaning methods. Vacuum carpets thoroughly, paying extra attention to high-traffic areas. For hardwood floors, use a cleaner recommended by the manufacturer, and mop tile floors with a solution of warm water and mild detergent.


6. Refresh Upholstery and Fabrics: 

Give your upholstery and curtains a fresh lease on life by vacuuming them to remove dust and pet hair. If fabrics are machine washable, follow the care instructions for a thorough clean. For non-washable items, consider using a fabric freshener or steam cleaner.


7. Don’t Forget the Kitchen and Bathroom: 

These are often the most challenging areas to clean but also the most rewarding once done. Scrub countertops, sinks, and appliances in the kitchen, paying special attention to the stove and refrigerator. In the bathroom, disinfect surfaces, scrub tiles, and clean grout to banish mold and mildew.


8. Organize as You Go: 

As you clean each room, take the opportunity to organize and streamline your belongings. Use storage solutions like bins, baskets


9. Finish with a Fresh Scent: 

Once the cleaning is complete, treat yourself to the final touch—a pleasant fragrance that lingers throughout your home. Light a scented candle, spritz linen spray, or simmer a pot of citrus and herbs on the stove for a natural aroma.


10. Keep it Up!: 

To maintain order in your space, try the “one touch rule” which says you should only have to touch an item once rather than saving it to deal with later. If you’ve come home and taken off your coat and shoes, rather than leaving them somewhere to put away later, do it as soon as it is in your hand. If you’ve used a large pot that doesn’t fit in the dishwasher, give it a wash and store it away after it’s done its job rather than letting it sit on your counter. If you have a package for recycling, break it down right away and put it in your recycling bin rather than starting a tower of empty boxes that you’ll handle when you “feel like it.”  Remember, the key is consistency, so try to incorporate regular cleaning habits into your routine to save yourself cleaning time in the long run.


By following these steps inspired by professional cleaners, you can transform your home into a clean and inviting sanctuary this spring–and for seasons to come!


This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as financial or real estate advice. Consult with a professional advisor before making any significant financial decisions.