There is a big difference between cleaning your home daily and general cleaning your home. For starters, cleaning your home daily does not require long hours of sorting and decluttering. You also don’t need to clean your home from top to bottom when you do your daily cleaning.
These two, however, have a few things in common. One is that in order to do an effective job, you need to have the right tools. Another is that you should have a plan of attack in order to do the job properly.
Whether you call this annual cleaning task your spring cleaning or general cleaning, the fact remains that it is one that involves a lot of work. This is because this is the time when you discard old, useless stuff which clutters a home. This is also the time when you get that sense of achievement for letting go of such items that you might have had for ages.
What to Do Before Your Annual General Cleaning
Before you start your yearly major cleaning task, you need to have all the tools that you need. This will help ensure that you don’t stop in the middle of what you are doing simply because you don’t have one or two items that you need to finish the job. Stopping mid-task usually does not end well, with most people giving in to tiredness before the job is completed.
The tools that you will usually need when you do this include:
- Brooms and vacuum cleaner
- Mop and rags
- Cleaning agents
- Polishing materials
- Gloves and face masks
Aside from these, you will need a lot of elbow grease and patience in order to get things done without giving in to laziness or tiredness. You will also need to ask other members of the household to do their part, particularly in the decluttering stage of this task.
Steps for Efficient Annual General Cleaning
Before you start cleaning your home, you should have each member of your family sort through their stuff. Decluttering is the first step in general cleaning. Hand each member at least 4 boxes for this task and have them finish doing this within the day.
Items should be sorted into four categories – throw, donate, keep, and sell. Items that are to be kept but not used can be stored in the attic, while those that are to be sold can be kept in the garage until it is time for your garage sale. Stuff that are to be donated and also those that are to be thrown away should be marked properly and be moved to the side, ready for pickup by a junk removal service.
The next thing you need to do is to clean from top to bottom, literally. Start by removing cobwebs, if there are any, with a duster that has a telescopic handle. Clean any chandeliers that you might have, wipe down windows, and remove any dirt that you find from tabletops, tops of cabinets, and furniture surfaces. Once you are done with this, you can now focus on general cleaning floors and lower surfaces in your home.
To reduce the amount of floor sweeping and vacuuming you must do, you should cover furniture with drop cloths and blankets. The dirt that falls on these can be easier to remove than if these fell on the furniture itself since you simply need to wash these. Don’t forget to wear gloves and a face mask to prevent any allergic reaction to the dirt you come in contact with.
Handling the Clutter After Cleaning
The items that you and your family are planning on discarding can be handled a few different ways. As mentioned earlier, these are to be sorted in four piles or boxes. Those that are marked for sale can be sold either online or in a garage sale. You can also try to sell the items that are marked for donation. Also includes the stuff that does not get sold can then be donated.
After your garage sale, place all the unwanted stuff in boxes for easier disposal. You will then need to contact a junk removal company to schedule when your junk should be picked up. Some people choose to leave these unsold items on the curb for their garbage collector to dispose of. They forget that not everything you throw out can and will be disposed of by your garbage collector.
Going with a junk hauling service will ensure that everything thrown out of your house will be discarded of properly. In Huntington Beach, the company to choose for this task is Junk Smiths. We are a company that handles not only junk removal but also concrete removal and light demolition work. To find out how we can help you with your annual general cleaning and decluttering, all you need to do is to call 714-369-8886 or to email us at email@example.com.