By Tiffany Rowe of boatangel.org
As the weather warms up and we become active and emerge from our winter “cocoon,” spring is the perfect time to engage in a cleanup and decluttering effort. Getting rid of junk is beneficial for numerous reasons, including helping to get you more organized, find more space, and make your home sparkling clean. Furthermore, there are psychological benefits of clearing out clutter, including an improved mood, lowered stress, and increased creativity.
Ready to tackle a spring clean, but feel a bit overwhelmed? Read on for some handy tips you can follow today.
Work Area by Area
One of the first things to keep in mind is that spring cleaning can often seem like such a huge task that you keep putting it off. To help with this procrastination, it’s best to work area by area, and room by room.
Once you break the project down into smaller parts, you’re more likely to get started and to see success more quickly, which will spur you on to keep going. After all, when you can look at a completed room that is clean, clear, and refreshed, it’s hard to not want to get the same results in other areas.
By just concentrating on one space at a time you won’t get distracted either, which can happen if you jump back and forth between different parts of your home. If, as you’re working in a particular area you find items that belong elsewhere, don’t stop what you’re doing to find their rightful home. Instead, have a large box, basket, bag, or bin with you, and put everything in place to sort out later. That way, you’ll stay focused on the space you’re in.
Invest in the Right Supplies
Next, it’s also important to plan ahead and invest in the right supplies before you start on your spring clean so that you don’t have to lose momentum in the middle of it to go buy cleaning items or organizing products.
For starters, stock up on your favorite sprays, sponges, cloths, detergents, and so on. Check, too, that your cleaning equipment will be up to the task. For example, you may need to purchase a new broom or buy new heads for your mop; replace the bag in your vacuum and dust or wash the filter; and de-scum your dishwasher.
It is also a good idea to think about what types of storage compartments and other products you will need to help you organize the items in your home when you’re done clearing out each room. For instance, perhaps you will need a drawer organizer to keep your office pens and other stationery in order; or a large organizer (like this 3-tier storage unit with 11 multi-use bins) for your garage, hallway, or children’s playroom, to keep sports equipment, books, shoes, toys, tools, and other bits and pieces off the floor.
No spring clean is complete without decluttering, so that you can make more space and order in your home. Apart from examining your items to see what needs to be thrown out because it’s broken or past its use-by date, you should also see what needs to be mended or cleaned. This is particularly true of clothes.
You should also see what items in your home can be sold or donated to a charity so that others might make use of them. Think about whether things spark joy for you, make your life easier, or have certain meaning to you. If not, it’s time to move on.
For example, do your children no longer play with certain toys because they have grown up? If so, there are plenty of needy children who would love to receive them. Similarly, do you have an old boat or car sitting in your garage or driveway that you haven’t actually used for years? Consider donating it to an organization for a little tax savings for next year. This will not only free up space but also make you feel good.
Bring Some Fun to Your Clean Up
Another tip to help you get through your spring clean is to find ways to make it more fun. While you probably wouldn’t immediately put this job and fun in the same thought, it is possible to ramp up the enjoyment so that you get it done more quickly and easily.
There are numerous ways to go about this, and it all depends on your personal taste. However, some things that can help are opening up the windows to let in the springtime breeze (this also helps to clear your head), and blasting out some of your favorite tunes as you work.
You could even get your family together and turn the clean up into a competition or game to increase the fun factor. Make sure you have some regular coffee (or wine or cocktail!) breaks too, where you can stretch your body and take in all the progress you have made.
It also pays to set yourself a reward that you can enjoy when you’ve finished your spring cleaning. Suggestions include buying a new decor piece for your freshly rejuvenated home, booking yourself in for a pamper session at a spa, buying a new dress to add to your cleaned out wardrobe, or settling in for a relaxing movie or TV marathon.