March 20 marks the first day of spring, and with the change in season comes fresh energy, more sunshine, and longer days. As you prepare for a fun-filled spring and summer, it’s the perfect time to get your home cleaned up and organized for the hustle and bustle of the season to come.
Yes, ‘tis the season for Spring Cleaning. Embrace the fresh energy that comes with the crisp Spring air by making your home feel brand-new, too. To help you tackle your long list of chores, we’ve put together some tips for spring cleaning and organizing.
Make a Schedule & Go Room by Room
Before you even begin your spring cleaning, create a schedule and compile a checklist for each room to keep track of your progress. Prioritize the areas that get cleaned the least in your daily or weekly tidying routines. Schedule a few hours for each room, so that you’re able to give every area of the home some much-needed TLC.
We recommend downloading a printable checklist like this one from Martha Stewart, so you don’t overlook anything.
Get Rid of Clutter
Declutter your space, declutter your mind. Studies show that a cluttered and messy home actually contributes to overall stress levels, so the best Spring Cleans go beyond the regular dusting and scrubbing. Sort through items, organize drawers and cupboards, and don’t be afraid to get rid of the things that you don’t use anymore.
Check out Marie Kondo’s Konmari Method, which encourages tidying by category. In this method, you go through categories of items and discard the things that no longer spark joy. As Marie Kondo advocates, declutter and clear out what you don’t use anymore so you have more space to live the life you want.
Always Work From Top to Bottom
Rule of thumb for all deep-cleans: start cleaning from the ceiling and then work your way down. That way, the debris and dust that falls from the top will be cleaned by the final step when you do the floors.
Deep-Clean the Bathroom and Kitchen
The bathroom tends to be the most dreaded room to clean in the house, but there’s no reason to fear it. Think of the things that you might forget on your regular cleaning days: change the shower curtain, go through your medicine cabinet and get rid of old or expired products, install or upgrade a bathroom fan, and scrub the walls.
And the kitchen is the heart of every home, so give it some extra love when you’re tackling your Spring Clean. Clear out the fridge and get rid of old condiments. Organize your spice cabinet and toss anything that’s past its prime. Wipe down the cabinets, inside and out. And give the oven a really good clean.
Don’t Forget The Seasonal Chores
With the warmer weather before us, you’ll want to make sure your outdoor area is clean and ready for all your spring and summer entertaining. Take some time to clean the grill, sweep the patio, and wipe down the outdoor windows. And pack up the heavy winter items, like coats and boots.
Freshen Up Your Décor
Once you’re finished cleaning your home top-to-bottom, you may want to add to the fresh-clean feel by upgrading some simple items in your home. Why not buy some new colorful throw pillows or table linens to upgrade your decor for the new season? Strategically replacing a few small items can totally transform the feel of a room.
Spring Cleaning doesn’t have to feel like a chore. With a well-planned schedule and an organized approach, you can totally transform your home and embrace that fresh Spring feel.