What are your spring cleaning tips?

You may have noticed my little series of “spring cleaning tips of the day.” These posts have included groundbreaking suggestions to wash windows with vinegar, acquire a self-cleaning child, time yourself while cleaning, and phase out toxic cleaners gradually. And now my well of spring cleaning knowledge has run dry. What are your handy spring cleaning ideas?

Spring Cleaning Tip of the Day: Raise a child who understands the joy of cleaning

If you are pregnant or have just given birth, you may have to wait four or five year until putting this tip into effect. I don’t know how I did it, but somehow I managed to raise a child who enjoys tidying up her own room. And she does not want any help! Her room does get messy—clothes, books, and toys start piling up in unattractive lumps. But that’s okay! We simply “challenge” our five-year-old daughter to clean the room all by herself, and she will hole away in there for over an hour so that she can surprise us with the results.

Spring Cleaning Tip of the Day: Time yourself while cleaning

I certainly didn’t invent this tip myself—I’m not sure where I first heard of it. But ever since I did, it changed the way I clean my house. It’s simple: set a timer before you clean. I do a 15-minute burst if I don’t have much energy. Sometimes I get extra motivated and allow myself a whopping 45 minutes on the clock. What is the purpose of this, you ask? I find I work more efficiently under pressure—even if it’s artificial pressure like setting a timer. Also, it removes the whole “how will I ever be able to tackle this pig sty” from the cleaning equation. And that’s the beauty of it: you don’t have to clean the entire house—you simply have to clean for 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in such a short burst of productivity!