Start Planning: Spring Cleaning

spring-cleaningAbout three-quarters of households participate in the spring clean tradition. Which means men and women everywhere are starting to get anxiety about this daunting task. The good news is we’ve still got a few weeks till the official start of spring. That’s plenty of time to find the best prices on cleaning supplies and mentally prepare for the job ahead.

checking-listMake a list. The key to a good spring clean is remembering those often neglected areas. Throughout the year you vacuum the floors and clean toilets, but the hard to reach or difficult areas are often left, quite literally, in the dust. Starting a list now will ensure no surface is left behind. According to a survey by the American Cleaning Institute, the top 5 areas people pay special attention to during a spring clean are the windows, blinds/curtains, closets/drawers, ceiling fans, and carpets.

Stock up on cleaning supplies. Waiting till you absolutely need a product, often means spending more. The trick is to stock up on cleaning supplies as you find coupons and sales. So take inventory of what you have, then make a list of what you need and start checking them off as you see good deals. Here are five cleaning coupons to get you started:

Bounty: $1 off one Bounty DuraTowel 6ct. Roll Pack
Scrubbing Bubbles: Save $1 on any Mega Shower Foamer with Ultra Cling
Tide: $1 off one Washing Machine Cleaner
Glad: $1 off any two Trash Products (27ct or larger)
Windex: Save $1 on any Touch-Up Cleaner Product

Shop online. Another advantage to planning ahead, you can order online! Cleaning supplies are one item many don’t think to shop online for, but why not? Especially when the price is right. New customers save 20% off and get free shipping at

carpet-cleaningBook any additional cleaning services. If you need to hire carpet cleaners, window washers, gutter cleaners, or a junk removal service, now’s the time to get it on the calendar. In just a few short weeks, spring-cleaning will be on everyone’s mind and these companies will start to get booked up. Check the local tab at for deals near you. I found a free sofa cleaning with carpet service and $25 off a deep clean in my hometown.

Research shortcuts for your most dreaded duties. Everyone has a household cleaning task they dread more than others, whether it’s achieving streak-free windows or scrubbing bathroom scum. Fortunately there are products that make certain jobs just a little easier. For example, Windex makes an Outdoor Glass & Patio Cleaner that attaches directly onto your hose, making it easy to spray and rinse. Plus, it will clean patio furniture and play equipment, so you can get it all done at once.

baking-soda-vinegarHave a few all-purpose cleaners on hand. You’d be amazed at the number of things baking soda and vinegar can clean. Keep these two products on hand. If you’re cleaning and realize you forgot to buy a particular cleaner, chances are one of those two can get the job done and get it done well.

Keep it clean long-term. Make 15-minute cleaning plans for each room in your house and write it on an index card. That way, you only have to do the big spring clean once a year. In between, maintain the order by completing one card at a time.

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