Nothing feels as good as looking around your home and seeing it sparkling clean and smelling fresh after a deep clean. Spring Cleaning comes around each year and you either tackle it head first or dread it because it seems so overwhelming. As someone who has been in both places I know how much fun, rewarding and also dreadful this task can be. Here are 12 Steps To Easy Spring Cleaning that help me to manage the task and truly take care of my home and possessions better. We take this chance to purge as well as do literal physical cleaning of things like ceiling fans, baseboards, closets, etc. that may not get as much daily or weekly attention in our cleaning schedule.
12 STEPS TO EASY SPRING CLEANING
- Make A List. Just like any project starting out prepared with a list of tasks you wish to accomplish will help you stay on task and focused until the "mission" is done. This is also a great way to follow through with our second tip of getting the family involved by assigning different aspects to each person.
- Get The Whole Family Involved. Assign each family member a task. Kids can spend time going through their toys, summer clothes or simply helping by hauling trash to the dumpster or occupying younger siblings while mom and dad work. Give Dad the shop, his office or the high cabinets to reach.
- If It Hasn't Been Used In More Than A Year Get Rid Of It. Unless it is a seasonal decoration or utensil, toss anything that hasn't been used in more than a year. That includes the kitchen appliance you thought you'd love but has only been the source of bruises when it fell on you or you bumped into it.
- Start At The Top And Work Your Way Down. Start with tops of closets, ceiling fans, high banisters and crown molding first. Dust falls to the floor to be vacuumed later.
- Clean In Sections or Groups. Don't stress doing everything in one day. Tackle each room a day at a time over the course of a few weeks/weekends. This helps you not be overwhelmed and allows more help from your family.
- Set Hard Rules. If cleaning involves purging toys, clothes and junk that has been collected set hard rules of how many items must be gotten rid of or what things you no longer allow. This helps kids to keep from saving every little thing.
- If It Is Broken Throw It Away. While some items may need minor repairs, this rule applies to the bits and pieces of toys, games, etc. that we often say we will get around to or that kids tend to hoard. Throw it away if you don't see yourself able to repair it within 1 month of the day you clean.
- Create A Junk Drawer/Nook/Closet. Inevitably we will all have an amount of junk that we just don't have another place to put but can't part with. Designate one small area for those items. Grabbing colored tubs at the dollar stores and labelling with family members names is a great way to give each person a "junk" space that is off limits when trash bags come around. Do remember your hard rules in this and limitations.
- Sanitize While Cleaning. Do double duty by using things like vinegar, antibacterial cleansers/wipes and bleach sprays to not only clean debris and dust but sanitize in the process.
- Organize By Color, Size, Style. When it comes to things like closets, shoes, books and crafts organizing by color, size and style are the best direction to go. Like things together and similar styles or sizes together will make it easier to find what you want at a later date.
- Avoid Comparisons. One of the biggest issues we as women tend to have is comparing ourselves to others. Don't worry about what your girlfriend or neighbor has accomplished, focus on what YOU can and are able to accomplish. If that only means going through 2 closets, that is a great place to start and something to be proud of.
- Treat Yourself To Something New. Whether it be a few simple cheap bins for storing books, magazines and small toys in or a new area rug for the living room, treat yourself to something new as a reward for your efforts. This can also help you brighten a room and focus on better organization.
These 12 Steps To Easy Spring Cleaning are just a few things your family can do to put your house in order without feeling overwhelmed. No matter how you tackle your household Spring Cleaning the results whether big or small will be rewarding and leave you feeling proud and ready to tackle a new fresh start in this year.