Tips for a Refreshed and Immaculate Home!
Spring Cleaning is a ‘mental thing’. When the outside air warms up, even a little bit, and we open the windows to let that fresh breeze waft through the house, something happens. The ‘spring-cleaning-gene’ wakes up, you see your home in a new light, with new fresh smells mingling with old, stale odors, and not all of them fragrant! In the corners, along baseboards, in your closets, other odors present themselves. And, you know, you just know it in your bones; it is time to do something about the clutter, the dust bunnies, the soiled door knobs, and the general malaise that winter doldrums engender.
First of all, remember that Nok-Out and Sniper will not contribute toxins to your household. Using them is a great way to keep the air in your home clear of toxins that other cleaners leave behind.
Here is how to organize your spring cleaning tasks, and finish them in record time.
1. Begin by Minimizing the Mess:
- Take a dispassionate look at every room. Do you see clutter? Remove every non-essential item and make two piles. One is a ‘keeping pile’. The other is a (YES, you can do it!) ‘throw-away’ heap. Depending on your penchant for keeping/not keeping things, this is hard. It can feel brutal. If this item hasn’t been used or found necessary for 3 years, it belongs in the throw-away heap. Especially, this is true in your closet. Anything that has gone un-worn for 2 years – take it to the Salvation Army.
- Bag it up. Put it in your car, truck, vehicle. Don’t look back. It’s part of your history – not your future. Take a photo of the throw away pile. You can share it (with your spring clean story) – or throw it away too!
2. With the rooms de-cluttered, your home may already look neater, and fresher, and really and truly, you have done the hardest part of all.
- Take a hard look at the corners, baseboards, door handles.
- Move furniture around to peer underneath and around.
- Smell pillows, upholstery, and window coverings.
- Make note of window sills, check for dust on the tops of picture frames, and other household knick-knacks and treasures.
- Now, you know where dust, dirt and odors are hiding in plain view. You have a plan of action. Tackle each room, methodically, with intention, and full of energy. You will need: clean cloths, your cleaning equipment, and a Super Cleaner to fully restore your home to fresh,clean and sweet smelling.
- There are many cleaning supplies to choose from. Only one, can disinfect, clean and deodorize at the same time – SNiPER. You can use this product can be used straight from the bottle. Use Nok-Out full strength to get rid of odors or diluted to suit the cleaning job at hand.
3. Jot down all of the tasks you will be doing for each room. (This may sound over-the-top, but it is so easy to get distracted from the main task, and waver off into a side job that is not essential to your goal…a clean, shiny, sweet smelling home). Delegate tasks to other household members. Now, you are mentally prepared to begin the task with a notion of what needs to be done, you have your cleaning supplies at ready, and you are set to go!
- The best advice in a general cleaning such as this, is to monitor your time. Depending on the amount of work to be accomplished in each area, set a time limit for the room you are attacking. (Re-read #3!) It is easy to get sidetracked when you begin a big job, and by being consistent and staying on-task, the work goes quickly.
- There is (of course!) that extra job that becomes apparent, the one you overlooked in setting your time schedule. Mentally add the time it will take to remedy the snagged carpet, or soiled pillow, and continue. DO NOT get bogged down in another big job, like cleaning the blinds, or washing windows now! Tasks like this require you to spend one whole day performing such a time consuming task. It belongs in spring cleaning, but should be allocated to another day. (Some people also put baseboard cleaning and repainting into this category. It’s your call.)
4. Take breaks as you need them. Drink plenty of water. Housekeeping is a thirsty job!
5. When you have reached the end of the tasks assigned to one day, retrace your steps to each room, or area that you have worked and note if any corners have been neglected, or if you missed a soiled spot, or if you see something else that didn’t get on the list and needs another wipe or spray.
6. When you have finished for the day, take a few moments to reward yourself. After all that hard work, you deserve a reward! Reach around and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done (even if you didn’t quite finish, and there is more work for the next weekend).
Systematically cleaning, reviewing your work, and then storing cleaning supplies (noting when a cleaner is almost empty, or when it wasn’t successful) will put you in a good place for day-to-day and week-to-week cleaning , whichever is your preference.
It really is a lot of work to do a major cleaning, but it’s really quite necessary as well. Imagine how great you will feel when your home is pristine again! Imagine your home free of pent-up odors, clean and fresh smelling. Get some SNiPER today to realize that in your home!
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Links to guidance and help
http://www.nokout.com/House-Cleaning-with-Nok-Out.html – All around “How-To’ instructions
Check the left-hand column of www.nokout.com, under the heading “How To Use” for MANY more great guides.