It’s finally that time of year again—a time of rebirth, renewal, and cleaning. Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to for you to get cracking on your annual spring cleaning.

Because it’s usually the only time of year that you do a deep clean of your entire home, spring cleaning can be a daunting task. But we’ve got some helpful tips to make sure you get the most out of your cleaning ritual—and maybe even make it a little bit easier.

Keep Cleaning Supplies in Every Room

If you have multiple bathrooms, place a bucket filled with bathroom cleaning supplies in each bathroom. Have another bucket dedicated to your kitchen that’s stored under your kitchen sink. With cleaning supplies on-hand in each room, you won’t have to waste time gathering them and carrying them around the house. This will also make regular upkeep faster and easier throughout the year, so chores will be a snap.

Get Rid of Clothes You Don’t Wear

A big part of spring cleaning is tossing or donating items that you don’t need. When it comes to getting rid of old clothes, we often lie to ourselves by saying, “Oh, I’ll wear that again.” An easy trick to help visualize which clothing items you don’t wear is to turn every hanger one direction and flip the hanger to the opposite direction when you return it to your closet after wearing the item. After a year (to account for all seasons), you’ll clearly see which clothes you didn’t touch, and you will have no excuse not to ditch them.

Clean from Top to Bottom, Not the Other Way Around

Sometimes in all of the hustle and bustle of spring cleaning, you end up completing tasks out of order. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but going out of order can undo some of the cleaning you’ve already finished. In general, it’s best to clean every room starting up high and working down toward the ground. Sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming should be your last task when cleaning a room. For example, if you were to dust after vacuuming, you’d just be knocking dust onto the carpet that you already finished cleaning. By doing tasks in the right order, you can avoid wasting your time and energy.

Don’t Forget These Often Overlooked Areas

Spring cleaning is the perfect time to make sure you clean areas of your home that often get neglected during regular day-to-day cleaning. Giving your walls, cabinets, and baseboards a good scrub now is a good way to prevent them from getting neglected for longer. Sometimes, it just takes a reminder to clean these areas, so here are some often forgotten places that deserve to be cleaned this spring:

  • walls, baseboards, cabinets
  • light fixtures
  • air vents, wall and ceiling fixtures
  • doorframes
  • under cabinets and counters
  • small, tricky corners
  • underneath and behind furniture and appliances

Spring cleaning can be a substantial project, best-suited for a weekend, but the rewards are worth it. There’s nothing quite like relaxing in a sparkling clean home with the soft spring breeze blowing through your windows. With these spring cleaning tips, hopefully, you’ll be relaxing sooner rather than later.