By: Natalie Jean
Every year, we go through the transition from winter to spring. It's a beautiful awakening of nature and the world outside after a few months of dreary grey. Flowers begin to bloom, the breeze is crisp and clean, and we can just sense the awakening of the earth. Such a beautiful time!
Sometimes the beautiful transition outside doesn't necessarily reflect whats going on inside our homes. Autumn and winter clutter can pile up! Sometimes we need a little help, especially in the spring cleaning department!
If you try to take on too much at once, it can be overwhelming. So breathe and start with a simple list. What needs to be cleaned? What hasn't been dusted in months? When was the last time you scrubbed the toilets? Chances are you'll need to tackle a handful of projects but you want to work smarter (rather than harder) and the feeling of accomplishment will be even greater.
First you want to make a list. Write down every room in your home, leaving a little space underneath to write each task. Under the name of each room, think about what needs to be done. Dusting, vacuuming, mopping, taking out the garbage, disinfecting, laundry, etc. Write those things down as they pertain to the room. Then, tackle one room at a time! If you're truly doing a deep clean you'll most likely have every room with different tasks written down. Don't be overwhelmed!
Take each room as its own. Don't start to dust the living room and then go empty the trash in the kitchen and then wipe down the mirror in the bathroom if you still aren't done with dusting the living room! You'll miss some things and probably get tired of cleaning a lot faster.
Spend a day working on 1-2 rooms, checking tasks off on the list as you go. For example: Friday evening could be dedicated to dusting and vacuuming the living room and putting away clutter where it goes (a junk drawer doesn't count!) and then on Saturday you could clean the powder room, vacuum/sweep the stairs in your home, and then put away any toys, books, or clothing. Sunday afternoon you can dedicate to the kitchen. Clean out the fridge and pantry, sweep, mop, dust, get the grime off the stove top, wipe off your countertops and kitchen table, etc. Then the next weekend you can dedicate to the bedrooms and/or office. You'll have a clean house in a matter of days!
Keep or Toss
One thing that I really find therapeutic when cleaning is walking around the house with a garbage bag. Papers I no longer need, dried out markers, empty water bottles, empty boxes for "whenever we move we might need them"... those get tossed. They serve no purpose and they're taking up space.
Then I got through my closet and dresser drawers to see how much clothing no longer fits or that I didn't wear once that season; into the donation bag!
If its something I want to keep, I make sure it is clean and in a spot where it belongs. De-cluttering can feel overwhelming but breaking that tie to unwanted or unnecessary things in our homes can really revitalize and inspire you!
Put on some music or a podcast and let yourself be entertained while cleaning. No one says it has to be drudgery. You could even give yourself a goal to completely clean up the common spaces of your house and then have a friend over for take out (less dishes to clean). Reward yourself or make the process fun and spring cleaning won't be that bad.
I know for me, the bedroom is what needs the most cleaning. Things pile up, get shoved into closets or under the bed, and to be honest I don't remember the last time I dusted in their! Here's to spring cleaning!
What are some areas of the home you need to clean this spring? Any tips or secret cleaning tricks you'd like to share?