Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips


5
Top Down
If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you can even vacuum your ceilings!
If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you can even vacuum your ceilings!
Simon Bremner/Lifesize/Thinkstock

There's nothing like driving around in beautiful spring weather in a convertible with the top down and the wind in your hair. Just keep those thoughts in mind while you're cleaning your house. If you don't have a convertible, maybe you could treat yourself to a rental after you accomplish your goals. OK, back on track. One time-honored trick when you're spring cleaning is to tackle each room from the top down. Yes, you were supposed to make a list. But do you always do what you're supposed to? I sure don't. If you're more the type to wing it, you can get lots done by going into each room and literally going from ceiling to floor.

My house is a split-level with very high ceilings in the main living area, so cleaning from the top down means getting out an extension pole. Other than that, though, it's a pretty simple concept. Dust and clean the ceiling, molding and the light fixtures. Then wipe down the walls, clean the windows and window treatments, dust pictures and other art and sanitize the doors and light switches. When you're done with what's on the walls, move on to the furniture and the outside and inside of any storage pieces. You can either start with the closets or do them right before you clean the floor, which is always going to be last.


More to Explore