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The thought of deep cleaning your house can be overwhelming, especially if its something you haven’t done in a while or if you don’t know where to start and what you should be focusing on. This Ultimate Deep Cleaning Guide along with the FREE Deep Cleaning printable checklist can help make the entire deep cleaning process easier with tips, tricks, and
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Why Bother Deep Cleaning Your Home?
Deep cleaning your entire home can be a time-consuming process that a lot of people would rather not do. Which is completely understandable, I mean who wants to spend their free time cleaning when there are a TON of other things to get done. But taking the time to clean your house from top to bottom has a lot of tangible benefits including
- Reducing the symptoms of allergies and asthma
- Reducing the spread of germs and bacteria (particularly helpful during cold and flu season)
- Cuts down on the time you’ll need to spend keeping your house clean on a daily basis
- Keeps bugs and other pests away
- Makes it easier to find the things you need
There are also psychological benefits of having a clean house which include
- Improved quality of sleep
- Reduces feelings of stress and anxiety
- Improves mood and decreases symptoms of depression
- Increases productivity
- Improves your ability to focus
How often should You be deep cleaning
You can get away with only doing one deep cleaning a year but I highly suggest doing it at least twice. Generally, I do one at the end of the summer and again in the spring.
Doing a deep cleaning at the end of the summer helps me transition the house from summer to fall/winter and gets the house cleaned before the rush of the holiday season starts. Doing a deep cleaning in the springs helps me get the house cleaned after being closed up during the cold winter weather.
I also suggest doing a good deep cleaning in the bathrooms and bedrooms after someone in your family has had the flu or any other contagious illness.
Deep Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Don’t Do it All at Once – If your house is in serious need of some TLC then I wouldn’t try and tackle everything on this checklist at once. Trying to deep clean your entire house in one afternoon is a sure-fire way to burn out. Instead, just pick one area to focus on at a time and give yourself plenty of time to get it done.
If you have the time then I suggest focusing on one area each day over the course of a week. If you don’t have the ability to do that then pick a few areas to focus on during the weekend and slowly make your way through the list over the course of a month or two.
Paper Clutter – I’ve found that the best way to deal with paper clutter is to gather it all in one place and then go through it all at once. If it’s important then file it away, i
If you don’t already have a file cabinet or place to put important paperwork a traditional file cabinet like this Lorell File Cabinet work great. If you’re limited on space or don’t require a lot of storage, you can use a file box like these Prandom File Boxes. To properly dispose of paperwork and mail containing person information a simple shredder like this one AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder is perfect. I have this exact one and for the price, it does an amazing job.
Get The Entire Family involved – Making the process of deep cleaning a family affaire is important for a few different reasons;
- You didn’t make the mess all on your own so you shouldn’t be the only one responsible for cleaning it up
- Many hands make light work – the more people you have helping the quicker you can get everything done. And the more time you’ll have to go do fun things together as a family
- Getting everyone involved in deep cleaning makes them more aware of the mess they make and also makes them more invested in keeping things clean on a daily basis.
Deep Cleaning Tools
Before you get started you’ll need to make sure you have the right tools to get your cleaning jobs done. Take a few minutes to go through all your cleaning supplies to make sure you have everything you need and that it is all easily accessible. The basic supplies I suggest you have on hand are;
- Mop or Steam Mop (I swear by my steam mop, it’s an absolute must-have!)
- Microfiber cloths
- Toilet brush
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Window cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner
- Dishwasher Cleaner
- Garbage Disposer Cleaner
- Washing Machine Cleaner
I’m really neutral when it comes to the whole homemade vs.
How to use the deep cleaning checklist
This deep cleaning checklist is pretty in-depth and covers every room of your house. Don’t let that scare you away! Remember you don’t need to do everything on this checklist all at once. You can also customize it and pick just the tasks that work for your home.
When you’re ready to start your deep cleaning pick the room you want to start with, gather all the tools you need, get some good uplifting music or your favorite podcast/audiobook playing and start knocking off one task at a time until you’ve finished that room.
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