Last Updated: March 1, 2020
Spring is a season all about change and new beginnings. As such, you should take some time this month to clean your home thoroughly. Maintaining your home prevents damage due to neglect, which isn’t typically covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to take weeks, though. We’ll detail how to spring clean fast with strategies to improve your efficiency.
If you want to get your spring cleaning done fast, remember the old adage, failing to plan is planning to fail. Make sure you buy and gather all the supplies you’ll need to clean beforehand. Nothing is more time consuming than continuously driving out to buy cleaning supplies you forgot you needed. Also, prepare a schedule complete with all the rooms and areas of your home you plan to clean.
Decluttering your home before you begin cleaning is a great way to save time. You will have more room to clean, and you’ll be able to reach areas previously covered by the clutter. The increased mobility you’ll have throughout the house after decluttering will also let you move and clean faster.
Decluttering is also a good way to childproof your home. If you have small children, now is the time to move toxic medicines and products to an area out of reach. Also, make sure to check for small items on the floor to prevent your child from choking on them.
Get the Family Involved
The task of spring cleaning shouldn’t have to all fall on one family member. If you feel you need help, get your family involved. Make it fun by playing music or turning cleaning into a fun game for younger kids.
Keep Your Doormats Dirt Free
Giving your doormats a thorough cleaning can keep them absorbing dirt and grime at peak efficiency, keeping your home's floors clean. The less dirt carried into the house, the less time you'll have to spend cleaning your floors.
To really save time, make this a regular part of your cleaning schedule all year round.
Adopting a room-by-room cleaning strategy is by far the most effective way to deep clean your home. Create room checklists which outline everything needed to clean each room. If your family is helping, give each family member a checklist to complete. And don't forget to create a master room list to keep track of your progress through the house.
Consider conducting a home inspection as you go through the rooms. Check for damage like leaks, cracks, and breaks in the interior and exterior of your home. Keep a record of issues for future insurance claims.
Work from Top to Bottom
Before you even touch a mop, think about the best way to approach the room. As a general rule, clean from the top of the room to the bottom. For example, if you sweep before you dust, you'll likely have to come back with the broom for a second sweep once you finish dusting. Cleaning from the top-down helps streamline your efforts and save you time.
Form New Cleaning Habits
Take steps now to form new on-going cleaning habits you can do throughout the year to make your annual spring cleaning a little easier. Create simple 15-minute cleaning routines to use regularly. This will keep your home clean and tidy all the way up until your next spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning is an excellent way to prevent the wear and tear insurance may not cover. However, sometimes unexpected damage can occur to your home which may not be avoidable, especially for Florida homeowners.
Sufficient insurance coverage to fit the needs of your family is available through Edison Insurance Company. Should you have any questions or concerns about your policy, contact your agent, or call us at 866-568-8922.