Cleaning the bath tubSpring is your chance to turn a grimy home into a spotless oasis. But it isn't easy, especially if you do things that actually make your home dirtier in the process. To help take the headache out of Spring Cleaning, we asked the experts for tips on how to sidestep common slip-ups.
Mistake #1: Not Getting Organized
Write down a game plan to help you prioritize and stay on task. "Start with your least favorite rooms, like the kitchen and bathrooms, which typically take the most work," says Meg Roberts, president of Molly Maid, a national residential cleaning service. Then, gather your supplies in a bucket and carry them with you from room to room so you don't waste time running back to the cleaning closet.
Mistake #2: Going At It Alone
Doing the brunt of the work by yourself can lead to a long day and sore muscles. Delegate simple tasks, such as dusting, shaking out rugs, and clearing clutter to children. (For a printable kid chore chart, visit