While spring cleaning is an essential yearly event, it’s not always a easy task.
But when you see the changes it makes in your home, you know how important it is to get rid of the old and bring on the new!
These 10 tips will help make it much easier on yourself and make your home feel like a brand new one!
1. Have a Plan in Place
Having a list prepared of what you want to accomplish helps you stay on track and flexible when unexpected events arise.
2. Play Upbeat Music
Gather your favorite tunes and prepare a special spring cleaning playlist. Lively music with a good, strong beat is one of the best ways to keep your energy up when you have a big job ahead.
3. Schedule in Breaks
Even a 15-minute break once every few hours will keep your spirits up. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and grab a snack during this time, as it will give you the energy you need to stick to the task.
4. Set a Goal with a Reward
This will give you something to look forward to, and to motivate you when you are feeling burnt out and ready to quit.
5. The One-Year Principle
Although there are exceptions to this rule, if you haven’t used an item for at least one year, you probably shouldn’t keep it.
Think about when you last used it, and if it has been too long, it is likely useless and taking up valuable space.
6. Clean Top to Bottom
Begin cleaning at the top of each room and continue on toward the bottom. For example, begin with washing walls, then cleaning furniture and tables, and finally give the floor a thorough cleaning.
Most particles generally fall downwards, and this secret ensures that you will not clean the floor, only to have dust and other junk fall from furniture as you move to the next step.
7. Work in Sections
If you attempt to tackle spring cleaning all at once, you will soon be overwhelmed.
Move through your home room by room, and corner by corner. In no time at all, you will have completed your entire list.
8. Keep, Donate, Trash
Keep this simple rule in mind: keep, donate, or trash. Always divide the items into three piles as you sort them.
Keep the items you love, donate the items that are in good condition but someone else can put to better use, and trash anything with damage. This makes every pile easier to deal with and to organize.
9. Don’t Work Alone
If possible, include family members by giving everyone their own personalized “to do” list.
If you are not getting enough cooperation from immediate family members, or you live alone, consider doing a cleaning swap with friends, or think about hiring a professional.
The fewer items you have, the less you will have to clean and organize later on. Get rid of unnecessary items whenever possible. Create a box for those items to be donated.
By implementing these spring cleaning tips, you will notice how much easier it is to keep on track and get the job done. A squeaky clean, organized home can be yours! 🙂