Winter is gone and spring is here, right?! This is always such an exciting time of year with lots of planning and hoping for the warm weather to come. However, before you can get ready for summer, you should declutter, organize and clean. In that order! Decluttering and organizing will set you up for an easier transition into spring cleaning. Your home should only have items you truly love and use and "Spring Cleaning" is the perfect time to downsize and get rid of clutter. If you are tackling this on your own, here are some helpful tips...
Tip 1. Evaluate. Go through your home room by room and see where you can minimize your "stuff". Good questions to ask yourself through this process are; Do I actually use this? Do I have a need for this? Do I love this or am I just holding on to it? (Make a plan and do this in stages. If you don't pace yourself it will feel overwhelming. )
Tip 2. Minimize. This is a good time to donate the items that no longer serve you. You can also recycle, or simply trash them. Go through your clothes to see what you actually wear. Take inventory of items in your kitchen. Tackle the junk drawer. Visit old and outdated electronics you've been holding onto.
Tip 3. Organize. Give everything a "home". Contain certain items. This makes cleaning up faster and more efficient. When items have a home we always know where to put them when not in use and where to find them when we need them. An example of this would be; Keeping all of your batteries in one place like a utility closet, contained and labeled. Or, various charging cables neatly stored in a small tote. Once you have minimized the clutter in your home and removed the items that no longer serve you, it's time to clean up! You will find that being organized and having less clutter will make cleaning much easier.
Tip 1. Room By Room. Don't overwhelm yourself! Cleaning a whole house can be a large task. Make a plan and set yourself up to accomplish things at a comfortable pace. Make a goal to complete a room or two a day, or maybe three! Tip 2. Top To Bottom. You want to start at the top first, dusting fans, light fixtures, and molding. As you do this, dust is going to fall and you don't want to create extra work for yourself. Tip 3. Attention To Detail. Clean the baseboards, walls, windows, vents and to get the floor sparkling. EXAMPLE: Bedroom
Donate unused clothing
Donate unused or old bedding
Look through your drawers and make sure things are in their correct home
Wash bedding including sheets, pillows, duvets, and bed skirts
Dust ceiling fans, lamp shades, molding, curtain rods, window sills, blinds, and baseboards
Shampoo and vacuum carpets, mop floors
Wipe down furniture and polish