This year, over 72% of American households will engage in spring cleaning according to the American Cleaning Institute. But to be effective in cleaning, start by cutting clutter.
Clutter in a home makes it more difficult to clean effectively and makes cleaning take significantly longer. Getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of housework in the average home, according to the National Soap and Detergent Association.
Below are four tips on de-cluttering from The Cleaning Authority to make spring cleaning easier:
- Sort it Out. Begin by sorting, room by room, into the following piles: keep, donate, sell, trash and recycle. Focus on the end result and go with your gut when deciding what to do with an item. If it makes it in a pile, leave it there.
- Get rid of it! Purge items in the recycle and trash piles so they no longer take up space in your home. Consumers spend one year of their lives looking for lost items, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers. Having more space in your home makes it easier to organize and find the things you keep.
- Make a Little Cash. List items for sale on Craigslist or eBay, or take them to a thrift store. Give yourself a deadline to sell everything and whatever has not sold by that date, donate.
- Give Back to the Community. Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity are just a few options to consider when donating your household goods. Not all items may be accepted, so check with your local charity if you are planning on donating furniture or any larger items.
De-cluttered and ready to start cleaning? Check out home cleaning tips from The Cleaning Authority.
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The Cleaning Authority, an environmentally responsible residential cleaning franchise, is committed to using Green-Seal Certified® cleaning products. Creators of the proprietary “Detail-Clean Rotation System” designed to guarantee a thorough clean, The Cleaning Authority completed over 1.7 million cleans last year. Founded in 1989, the company has been franchising for almost 20 years and has over 185 locations in the United States and Canada. For more information, please visit www.thecleaningauthority.com or follow us on Twitter @LiveLifeWeClean.
SOURCE The Cleaning Authority