The cold weather is on its way out, and spring is finally here! As you prepare for the new season, you may have noticed some dust collecting on the shelves from wintertime. (Don’t feel bad: It happens to all of us!) However, we’re here to help you get – and stay! – organized so that you have a clean start to your spring. In doing your own spring cleaning research, you may have found that some checklists seem more like a novel than an actual list. To make the process of spring cleaning less overwhelming, we have compiled a “basics” spring cleaning list. Ahead, are our best practices for spring cleaning and organization.
A clean space can help you feel more organized and relaxed. Plus, it does not have to be a five-day-long spring cleaning affair. However, more often than not, our surrounding environment can directly affect our mood, so let’s ensure that your space is in the best shape possible. Here are some easy cleaning tips to get you started!
1. Start with the basics, like opening your windows. Winter is a long time and letting some fresh air into your home can make all the difference. Air out all the stuffiness of winter and let spring rush in.
2. Over the winter months, a lot of dust can accumulate and, sometimes, we may not even notice it. Dust may be hiding on ceiling fans, TV consoles, bookshelves, and dressers. Take a couple minutes to take notice of where the dust may be collecting around your home so you can eliminate it!
3. Your heavy-traffic areas are probably going to need the most attention. Take your entryways, for example, if you have rugs in your doorways, bring them outside and give them a good shake. If they are machine-washable, stick them in there, too. Give the floors a good scrub – especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.
4. Vacuuming is a quick, easy, and efficient way to eliminate dirt. In fact, you would be surprised how much dirt gets trapped in your carpets.
Organization is just as important as cleaning. For the most part, we are able to keep our home clean and presentable. However, over those long winter months, organization can fly out the window. So, if you find yourself in a position where it may be time to organize and purge some things, you are not alone! Here’s where to start.
1. Donate any clothes or linens that you have not touched within the past six months. We have a tendency to continue buying clothes without giving anything away, and this can cramp up your closetFortunately, reorganizing your dresser and closet can make a huge difference. Simply refolding clothes so they easily fit in your dresser is key.
2. Go through your fridge and get rid of any old food. This may sound like common sense, but never underestimate the Tupperware that has been shoved to the back of the fridge for months. While you are clearing out the old food, take a wash cloth and wipe down the shelves, as they can also get pretty messy. Organizing the contents of your fridge and pantry will also help you with your next grocery list.
Be sure to also check the expirations dates on your food – time goes by quicker than you may think!
3. Clear off your counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom. Usually, if it is on your counter, it can find a home in a cabinet, drawer, or even the trash. You will be so surprised by how organized a cleared, clutter-free countertop can transform your space.
As we mentioned before, these are just some of the basic steps you can take to keep your space looking organized, tidy, and clutter-free in time for spring, summer, and beyond. Happy cleaning!