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I love a quality cleaning binge. How about you?  Did you know that 71 percent of people find cleaning relaxing? With the sun shining brighter, buds in bloom and the birds singing, it is the perfect time to clean your home top to bottom. Today, I am sharing cleaning efficiency tips and a few cleaning hacks to get you on your way to a fresh start for spring.

Cleaning Efficiency Tips

Declutter first. This is the best way to begin. This simple step will make your home look and feel tidier right away. Gather all old, broken, unused and unwanted items. Books, clothing and shoes, unused kitchen appliances and dishes, sports equipment, old mail and magazines, old linens and junk drawers are a great place to start. Sort everything into piles for charity, recycling, storage and trash. Complete this task by taking these items to their deemed places before you start the next efficiency tip.

Prepare your cleaning supplies. Grab a basket and fill it with everything you will need. Essentials include, rubber gloves, cloths, paper towels, sponges, all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, furniture polish, floor cleaner, bucket, mop, broom, and a vacuum cleaner. Plan to transport your kit from room to room.

Map your plan. Grab a notepad and a pen. List in numerical order every single room in your home. Begin with the first room in the front left corner of your home and list all connecting rooms ending with the room that is in the back right corner of your home. Continue the list if your home includes an upstairs. Be sure to include halls, the garage, porches and the basement. This is your cleaning map. Plan to clean each room completely before continuing to the next. Be sure to mark each room off the list as you go. This will result in a sense of accomplishment. I also recommend taking a break between each room and treating yourself to a drink and a snack.

Top to bottom. Surface clean each room from ceiling to floor. Dust the ceiling to include light fixtures and the tops of windowsills and picture frames. Continue to work down the walls vacuuming the curtains, blinds, and wiping the baseboards. Move on to the furniture, making sure you wipe and vacuum the surface area of everything. You have already decluttered, so the next step is tidying up. Lastly, vacuum and/or mop the room. Note: Consider adding seasonal pillows to add fresh charm to a sofa or an armchair. How about a new candle to set the mood for spring?

Music. Make a playlist of your favorite tunes for the event. Turn it up and dance your way to clean. Your broom will make a perfect microphone.

11 Cleaning Hacks

1. Sofa stains and odors. Sprinkle baking soda on surface and let it set for 30 minutes. Vacuum away.

2. Disposal. Drop in lemons and ice cubes and run for 30 seconds to remove grime and remove smells.

3. Dirty sponges. Fill a bowl with water, drop in your sponge, and microwave for 60 seconds.

4. Whiter and brighter clothes. Add a single cup of baking soda in the wash.

5. Glitter. Use play dough and/or tape to remove glitter from surfaces.

6. Stains. Pour salt on a fresh stain, let it set for 30 minutes, rinse.

7. Stainless steel. After cleaning with soap and water, remove spots and shine with baby oil.

8. Cloudy glass. Clean with white vinegar.

9. Greasy carpet stains. Mix four parts rubbing alcohol with one part salt. Rub mixture into stain. Let the surface dry. Vacuum away.

10. Broken glass. Press bread on the glass to capture the tiniest shards.

11. Dingy grout. Use one part Clorox and one part water to whiten.

Whether you're one of the 71 percent of people who find cleaning satisfying or not, you are well on your way to a FRESH START FOR SPRING! Happy cleaning everyone!

Gwyn Nielsen is a military wife, volunteer, public speaker, and founder of, 

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