Spring is that time of the year when every family member becomes busy decluttering and improving the home. Spring cleaning not only benefits the home, but some experts even suggest that homeowners also benefit from doing the annual practice. However, households could suffer physical injuries when cleaning. Homeowners may want to consider some safety tips for an enjoyable spring cleaning with the family.
Spring cleaning makes people feel good
In a recent CNN article, professional organizer Regina Leeds who believes in the power of decluttering said we do more than just save time and money when we clear space. “We open ourselves up to change and are in a better position to reach our potential.” Even psychologists recommend spring cleaning. Michael Tompkins, a licensed psychologist referred to spring cleaning as “mastery activities” which could also boost our moods. Tomkins explained that the arduous task of cleaning could “elevate us with an enormous sense of accomplishment once we’re done”.
Spring cleaning involves lots of hard work, equipment, and cleaning solutions. However, if done safely, spring cleaning is a truly enjoyable experience for the whole family. Here are the cleaning safety tips homeowners may consider this spring season.
Familiarize yourself with all cleaning equipment and products
A number of accidents happen when people don’t know how to properly use cleaning equipment. A step ladder is one of the common equipment homeowners use when cleaning elevated areas such as ceilings, windows, and cabinets. To prevent slip and fall injuries, it’s important that you read and understand the instruction manual of a step ladder before using it. Make sure to place the ladder on a flat surface for stability. It’s also ideal to wear non-slippery shoes before you climb the ladder.
Make sure to follow instructions when using chemical cleaning solutions. Wear protective gloves and goggles when using bleach or ammonia-based cleaning solutions.
Always maintain proper posture when working
Spring cleaning is often overwhelming, and people tend to forget or become unaware of their posture when lifting or moving heavy furniture around the home. Prolonged working hours and improper body posture increase the risk of back injuries. When lifting heavy objects, make sure to bend your knees and lift with your legs, not with your back. Always ask for help if you think an object is too heavy for you to lift.
If you’re using a vacuum cleaner or a mop, ensure that the handle is extended enough for you to work with your back straightened up.
Take breaks from time to time
For some households, spring cleaning could last a day or two depending on the scope of the work and the size of the home. Rushing to finish all the tasks at once not only will result in a sloppy job, but it will also increase your injury risk. Consider taking periodical breaks from time to time to relieve muscle tension. Taking short breaks during cleaning significantly reduces injury risks and it also allows you to think of ways on how to become more efficient. Some households find it ideal to prepare snacks and drinks that they can munch on during breaks.
Keep an eye on your kids
Allowing kids to participate in spring cleaning could be an ideal way to teach them proper cleaning techniques at a young age. However, it’s important that you always supervise them when they do simple tasks to make sure they don’t get hurt. Play expiration-date detective and “wax on, wax off” are just some of the creative ways to introduce spring cleaning to your kids.
Bonus: Learn how to declutter efficiently this spring
For some people, it’s difficult to get rid of the things that they really don’t need, not realizing that they are becoming hoarders. According to Marie Kondo, the easiest and straight forward way to declutter your home is to ask yourself this question: “Do you bring joy to my life?” It’s time to toss if you get a “no” for an answer. You might have clothes in your closet that you no longer wear, a few tools that you only used once and stays forever in your toolbox, or excess furniture. Find out if you can donate, repurpose or recycle things that you no longer need.
Lastly, there are house cleaning apps that could help you stay focus on your chores this spring.
Homeowners may feel a sense of achievement from spring cleaning. However, if you want to make spring cleaning more enjoyable with your family, you may consider practicing some safety tips to protect your family from cleaning-related injuries.