Don’t forget food
istock/rez-art You might be tempted to jump right into the cleaning, but plan your meals first to make the whole process go more smoothly, says Novak. A healthy breakfast will start your day on the right note, and planning dinner—whether throwing something in the slow cooker or choosing a takeout spot—will be a lifesaver after a tiring day of cleaning, she says. Keep some easy snacks on hand as you clean too so you don’t have to interrupt your cleaning marathon. “First you have to find peanut butter to make a quick sandwich, then you make a mess and actually add to your workload,” she says. Make sure you avoid these cleaning mistakes that can make your house dirtier than before you even started.
Set a timer
istock/Nastco Decide how long you want to spend in each room, then set a timer so you don’t lose track of the time. “You’re giving yourself a goal in the room, and it makes it a fun challenge,” says Novak. “Can I get this done in 45 minutes? It keeps you on track so you don’t spend all day in one room.”
Start the laundry
istock/PeopleImages Jump-start your spring cleaning by going from room to room, gathering anything that can go in the laundry. “That way that’s working as you’re working,” says Novak. Bedding, slipcovers, shower curtains, rugs, bath mats, throw pillows, and more can go in the washer for a hands-off cleanup. Stop making these 10 laundry mistakes when cleaning your house.