Isn’t this time of year inspiring? The days are a little longer, the weather is warming up just enough to remind us that winter is almost over, and the sun is beaming through our windows. The sun beaming through our windows also politely reminds us that it’s time to do a little spring cleaning, too - the window streaks are more visible and somehow the junk drawer got out of control since winter. Before you dive into some good old fashioned spring cleaning, we have a few tips for you!
Make a plan. You’ve got the cleaning gloves and eye protection ready, but first you need a plan! Tackling each room one at a time will maximize your efforts, too. I would vote to start with whichever room stresses you out the most - maybe the craft room? The garage? By the time you’re done, you’ll be able to marvel at all your progress and truly pat yourself on the back!
De-clutter. Sort your belongings into four categories:
Your trash box should include any items that you do not need or want, but also that are not worth donating or selling. If it’s something of value, definitely try and sell or donate it, though! You’ll end up storing items that you might need seasonally, and simply putting away things you use on a regular basis.
Remember to establish new cleaning habits. A good, thorough spring cleaning that includes the whole house is a great time to establish new on-going cleaning habits, and it can also make the next spring cleaning a good deal easier. Simple 15-minute cleanup routines practiced every few days, each including a series of 1- to 2-minute chores, can make it remarkably easy to keep your home clean and tidy all year long.
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Your Bookshelves. Pull everything off of your bookshelves and dust. From there, you can opt to organize what you’d like to keep by alphabet, coordinating by color, or sorting by size.
Your Closet. If it doesn’t fit, has a stained, or simply doesn’t bring you joy, then the piece will either get donated or trashed (depending on its condition, of course). When your wardrobe has been pared down and you’re ready to hang everything back in your closet, hang them backward. As you wear the items, you’ll end up putting them back on the right the normal way. By the end of the season, you’ll be able to see what you really wore vs. something that’s taking up valuable space in the closet!
We know how much your home means to you and we’re sure these tips will give it the freshening up it likely needs after a long winter. As Peter Walsh says, “What I know for sure is that when you declutter - whether it’s in your home, your head, or your heart - it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life, and your family.”