The cold days of winter are almost over (except here in Nashville) and the fresh breezes of spring are beginning to blow. As we usher in Spring, many of us take a look at our homes and want to rid ourselves of the stale, winter feeling and start the season off with a clean and organized home. Spring cleaning can be hard work, but it’s rewarding work and a way to start fresh. So get ready and roll up your sleeves, it is time to get your home in order.
All You Need Are These 3 Steps!
There are three basic steps to spring cleaning: Deep Cleaning, Organization, and Maintenance.
Step 1: Deep Cleaning. Deep cleaning consists of wiping down walls, cleaning windows, wiping out cupboards, and cleaning under furniture. This is the messy part of spring cleaning, but it will rid your house of the dirt, grime, and germs that you have collected over the winter.
Step 2: Organization. Organization means cleaning out closets, drawers, and cabinets. Go through clothing and toys to get rid of things that have been outgrown. Free yourself of all of the unused and broken items around the house and create more space to properly store the things that you do use regularly. Having a well organized home can make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone.
Step 3: Maintenance. The first two steps can be completed at the same time, but maintenance will take some extra steps and dedication on your part throughout the year. Keeping up on organization is usually the biggest hurdle for most families, as old habits can be hard to break and getting everyone on board to help keep up the changes can be challenging. To combat this make sure that you have everyone on board and go over the maintenance plan in order to keep your home in its new pristine condition.
While jumping into spring cleaning feet first might seem like the best way to approach the tasks at hand, your best bet would be to take your time and plan things out before beginning. Like they say “plan your work and work your plan.” Complete the following list of tasks before starting your spring cleaning and you will find your project going faster and smoother.
- Start by evaluating each room and its organizational needs. Grab a notebook and jot down everything that needs to be addressed in each room before starting. For instance, if there is a messy stack of magazines on the coffee table, make a note to buy a magazine rack. You can even make a spreadsheet or list if you like to do things on your computer. That way you can keep everything at hand.
- Take stock of what cleaning supplies you already have on hand and what you will need to get to complete all your jobs. Add to the list any organizational tools that you need for each of your rooms. Having your supplies ready before you start will save you from running to the store, dirty from cleaning, to replace something that you have run out of, which might also cause you to lose motivation and focus. Before you buy any organizing bins take stock of what you might already have and can reuse.
- Have a few motivators on hand. Find some type of reward for yourself for completing the larger tasks, such as a favorite snack for breaks. Turn on some upbeat music to keep you going and make the job go by faster. Take frequent breaks in order to refocus and re-energize.
- Give each room a quick once over before starting your deep cleaning. If the dishes are washed, toys are picked up, and laundry is done, you will have the necessary space to get into the bigger jobs.
- Return to your notebook and formulate your plan of attack. List each room and all of the tasks that need to be completed in detail. As you finish a job, check it off and see just how much progress you have made throughout the day. This will not only give you a sense of accomplishment but will also keep you motivated to move forward and keep going.
I hope that you will take these tips and action steps to get started on your Spring cleaning project. The sooner you get started the sooner you will be finished and can enjoy the rest of Spring in a nice clean, organized home.