5 tips for easy and complete spring cleaning

by | Feb 10, 2024 | Home and Living

Spring cleaning can feel like your big chance to get your living space under control and this can be a source of stress for many of us. Here are some tips for a quick, complete clean.

Plan your approach
It’s not going to get done if you don’t make time for it, simple as that. Think about what you need to tackle, and when you’ll do each thing. Whether you go room by room or start with one task in every room, set a date (or a series of dates) to get it done.

Do an inventory
Once you’ve set aside the time, don’t be sidetracked by a lack of cleaning supplies or tools. Include a moment in your schedule to check your stash of rags, stock up on cleaning products and make sure your vacuum is in good shape. Knowing you’re prepared can be motivating too.

Make it a party
Whatever keeps you entertained while doing boring tasks, embrace it – maybe throw on some tunes, or set friendly competitions with family members about who can do the most. Plan a reward for once you’re done – think takeout, your favourite TV show or something else you enjoy.

Play it smart
It’s about time to toss loose paper like junk mail and ancient receipts, right? Just be sure to shred anything with personal information like your name, social insurance number or address before you throw it in the recycling. Tossing intact pages gives thieves an easy way to amass the details they need to steal your identity. A shredding machine makes things more convenient, but you can always use scissors or rip it up if you don’t have one.

Don’t forget devices
Your digital life deserves as much of a clean as your physical space. Not only do you spend a lot of time on devices like your phone, tablet and laptop, but you also leave yourself open to identity theft and hacking if you neglect good security hygiene for them.

Offload unnecessary files or apps that sit unused, install anti-virus and anti-malware software and make sure your devices will automatically update. Also check on and strengthen your social media security and privacy settings.

Find more information about cleaning and securing your devices from BMO’s Financial Crimes Unit at bmo.com/security

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