With spring just around the corner and the days getting warmer and brighter, it’s no surprise that many people will be looking forward to decluttering their homes and letting some fresh air in. Spring cleaning can take many forms, such as completely overhauling your entire house or just sticking to the areas that need attention the most.
If you are unsure of where to start, don’t worry as we’ve got you covered with our 10 tips for spring cleaning. Read below to find out how you can make the most of spring cleaning, and have your home looking and feeling great just in time for warmer weather!
1. Make a schedule
If you feel overwhelmed at even the prospect of cleaning your home, it’s a great idea to start small and create a realistic schedule of things that you can tackle. Take it day-by-day or week-by-week; whatever suits your timeline. Making a schedule helps hold you accountable and ensures that tasks are getting done in a timely manner.
2. Clean one room at a time
Another way to simplify your cleaning schedule is to plan on cleaning one room at a time. Dedicate each day of the week to a different room, and stick to the schedule to have your whole house clean and sparkling by the end of the week. Keep in mind that some rooms may require more attention than others. In this case, plan in advance by scheduling to clean those rooms on the weekends when you have more time.
3. Tackle clutter
Tackle clutter head-on by making it your first priority and getting right on top of it. Don’t wait for clutter to pile up in order to take action. Get to it immediately, and make sure that you have a plan in place for organizing your items after decluttering.
4. Replace air filters
When spring cleaning, remember to also consider the state of your air filters and furnaces. Consider investing in a HEPA filter or air purifier, especially if you develop allergies in the spring. Make sure your filters are clean and all working properly. Replace them if you have to, and consider it an investment into your health and well-being.
5. Try minimalism
Minimalism is a great approach to organizing that keeps your home clean, decluttered, and with room for the things you do love. Try getting rid of or donating any unwanted or unnecessary items that you are keeping, and get into the mindset of purging your space periodically. Go through your closets and cabinets, and clear countertop space while decluttering. If you have items that you absolutely cannot get rid of, but that are taking up space, consider using self-storage to keep these somewhere offsite.
6. Choose cleaning products wisely
When cleaning surfaces, countertops, floors, and windows of your home, be mindful of the cleaning products that you are using. Try to stick to eco-friendly, natural solutions rather than harsh products with toxic chemicals that can be irritating to you and your family.
Always read the labels, and make sure that you are using appropriate cleaning solutions for wood, leather, and fragile materials that can become easily warped or damaged.
7. Listen to music while cleaning
To get your blood pumping and motivation soaring, try putting on some music while cleaning. This should give you an extra energy boost to keep going, even if you feel like you can’t anymore.
It’s not unusual to dread the task of cleaning and organizing. Change the mood by putting some of your favourite tunes on and getting excited about cleaning your space!
8. Ask for help
If you are feeling too overwhelmed to tackle decluttering on your own, try enlisting the help of your friends and family. Bring the pizza and drinks, and get everyone together on the weekend to make it fun.
If you don’t want to ask your family or friends, you can always get professional help at a cost. Professional cleaners and organizers will work with you to clean your space and make it work for you.
9. Use self-storage
As previously stated, using an offsite storage unit to keep excess belongings will help clear up some space in your home and give it a minimalistic look. Storage units come in a variety of sizes for your convenience and are relatively affordable, depending on what you are looking for and how long you are hoping to keep the unit.
10. Strive to maintain
Once you’ve finished cleaning and decluttering, keep in mind that you will now have to maintain the space regularly in order to keep it looking great. Dedicate 15-20 minutes each day to organizing and cleaning up after yourself.
Remember that doing a little every day is better than leaving clutter to pile up and becoming overwhelmed after weeks or months of neglect.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be something to dread. Make it something to look forward to every year by putting on some music, enlisting the help of friends, or rewarding yourself for a job well done.
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