Though we like to think we keep our homes clean year-round, springtime is the perfect time to tackle big cleaning projects or get back in the habit of keeping everything neat. Think of it like cleaning out your den after hibernation. The change of season is a perfect time to look around and recommit to making your home what you truly want it to be.
The benefits go far past just having a clean house. In fact, a clean, tidy home can lead to:
-A more focused mind
-A sense of calmness and less stress
-Reduced mold exposure
-Fewer accidents (like tripping over that gym bag that’s always on the floor)
Keeping things clean is easier said than done, especially if you look around and see a lot of work to be done. Don’t worry, we’ve got a few tips to help you stay focused and avoid overwhelm. So throw open the windows, put on some upbeat music, and keep reading to plan your spring cleaning plan of attack.
Start With a Plan
First things first, make a goal or a master plan. You might be tempted to grab your vacuum and just dive in, but having a clear plan will make spring cleaning so much easier (and dare we say, enjoyable). Nothing takes the wind out of your sails like the magical ever-expanding chore. So, make a goal for what you want to accomplish first. Decide if you want to focus on decluttering or cleaning (Hint: You’ll probably end up cleaning after you declutter).
Nail down the scope and ideal timeframe of your project: do you want to tackle your bedroom in an hour or cover the whole house over the next few weekends? For the outside of your home, your goal could be a clean garage, which means you may need to work around your neighborhood bulk waste schedule. That old broken treadmill isn’t going to fit in your regular trash can!
Consider the time you think it will take to accomplish each task. If you know you only have the weekend, don’t plan on deep-cleaning your whole home. Generally, it takes more time to clean than we think, so be kind to yourself and budget extra time to process your emotions, especially if you’re doing a lot of decluttering.
Make Your List
After you have your big goal, list all the little tasks you want to accomplish and what you need to get it done. Write out every room, closet, or space and what needs to get done for it to be completely clean. Clean windows, wipe down walls, clean baseboards, vacuum carpets, etc. Include every task so you can have tools, cleaning supplies, and snacks at the ready.
Do you need to enlist the help of your family, so they can decide what they want to get rid of, too? Make sure everyone knows what you’re doing, so they can plan ahead and help.
Clean smarter by putting tasks in the most effective order. Before you do anything, decide if you want to declutter and get rid of things. Do that first by emptying out your closet or drawers, and get rid of old, expired toiletries and worn-out running shoes you don’t wear anymore.
Then, once you know what’s staying with you, move on to cleaning. Start high and clean off lights, ceiling fans, and knock down any cobwebs that might have appeared over the winter. Then, clear off waist-level surfaces and dust off the shelves next. Only focus on the floor when you know it can’t get dirty again.
This advice works for any project. If you’re tackling the kitchen, you might want to start with the fridge first. Take everything out, put it on the counter, and give each shelf a wipe-down with warm, soapy water. Then, put food back in clear containers (so you can recognize those healthy snacks). Toss expired condiments and to-go containers that are just taking up space. After the fridge is clean, completing the rest of the kitchen will feel like a breeze!
Cleaning and decluttering your home is a powerful way to support the life you want now. What will you clear out this spring? Tell us in the comments!