The time for spring cleaning has arrived! Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I absolutely love the weather, and the blooming flowers are always so pretty. It feels like everything is brand new.
Students are heading to the beach for spring break and everyone seems to be in a better mood. Besides my allergies, I love this season! When spring comes around, I know it is time for spring cleaning.
When we talk about spring cleaning it typically means a thorough cleaning of your home at the beginning of spring. It’s a great way to clean areas of your home that get missed throughout the year and refresh your decor.
Spring cleaning comes with feelings of nostalgia for me. I remember waking up on Saturday mornings with music playing throughout the house and my mom working through her spring cleaning routine.
I felt so accomplished after cleaning the house with my mom because it was a lot of hard work. The house looked and smelled great going into the spring season.
Over the years, I’ve created spring cleaning routines of my own. I have also realized that there are a few important things to do in addition to spring cleaning.
1. Organize Your Home
A few years ago, I was working on deep cleaning my room when I realized that I was not very organized. I found books under my nightstand and documents laying all over my desk.
My room had a place for most things, but a few items did not have a proper place and I had to find a way to fix it. There had to be a better way to store my scrapbooking and planning supplies while keeping the visible clutter at bay.
I began organizing things while I completed my deep cleaning and this made it so much easier to keep my home cleaned throughout the rest of the year.
Organizing made such an impact on my home that year that it is now a regular part of my spring cleaning routine.
Use the following tips to get organized.
- Create a list of things in your home to organize. Don’t forget to add things like bookshelves, dressers, areas under the bed, and closets.
- Find storage and organization solutions around your home. Throughout the year, our items outgrow or no longer need their storage solutions. Re-purpose boxes, crates, and shelves for different items as your needs change.
- Work on organizing in 15-minute increments. Breaking your work down into smaller increments makes the task a little less daunting.
The more organized your home, the easier it is to keep it that way. As each item is checked off of your list, you should feel good about being one step closer to an organized home.
2. Declutter Your Home
Throughout the year we accumulate clothes, shoes, documents, and other random things and they just continue to pile up. It doesn’t occur to us that we could get rid of one thing each time we bring in something new.
This would cut back on the clutter in a major way!
Decluttering is a way to go through all of your items and get rid of things that do not bring you joy. This is a great way to let go of attachment to our material possessions while also cutting back on the number of things that we own.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started with your decluttering project.
- Clear off counters and throw away anything that is outdated and no longer useful.
- Purge old documents that are cluttering your desk. Keep important documents in labeled folders placed neatly in a drawer.
- Remove clothing items from your closet and dresser drawers that you have not worn in a while or don’t like anymore.
- Clean out bathroom drawers and throw away expired products and empty bottles.
- Go through your pantry and throw away expired food. Create a pile for food items that you no longer use, but have not expired.
- Remove shoes from your closet that you have not worn in the past year.
Decluttering is a huge task and may take a while to complete, but I encourage you to do it and stick with it. It will make your home easier to clean and more peaceful to live in.
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3. Donate Or Sell Items Immediately
This is the most important step in the spring cleaning process. Get rid of the things that you don’t need anymore! Do this immediately to prevent it from standing in the way of you having a clean home.
If you have food items from the decluttering step that have not expired, please donate them to your local shelters to bless someone else. Donate any additional toiletry items that you may have as well. Be sure that they are unopened and not expired.
Donate or sell any clothes or shoes that you have collected depending on your preference. Holding a garage sale is a great idea if you have enough stuff to make it worth the effort.
If not, selling your items to consignment shops like Plato’s Closet is an option. If you don’t want to sell them, feel free to donate the items to your local Goodwill or shelters.
Anything that you choose will help someone else while keeping your home clutter-free.
It may take a little longer to complete your spring cleaning, but it is definitely worth it. Think of it as a month-long project and do a little bit each day.
Break down the tasks to prevent becoming overwhelmed. You may even want to write down your daily tasks in a notepad like the Weekly Kickstart Notepad. Just remember to do what works for you to minimize the stress.
I hope you have found some useful tips here to aid your spring cleaning. Let me know what you plan to do in the comments!
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