It’s spring cleaning time and that means getting your home sorted and reset for the year. Here are our tips for tackling the biggest spring cleaning tasks one by one:
Reducing the amount of clutter that you own can greatly impact how you maintain your home. Professional organizer Regina Lark estimates that the average U.S. household has 300,000 things, from paper clips to ironing boards. Take some time during your spring cleaning to sort through your belongings and either toss, donate, or sell what you no longer need. Click here for a great resource from The Spruce with tips on how to declutter your home, room by room. Decluttering will make cleaning your home easier and keeping it clean easy to maintain.
Sort Through Your Paperwork
After you declutter your home, it’s time to tackle that stack of paperwork on your kitchen table or in that drawer filled with bills, bank statements, tax returns, policy documents, etc. that you have been meaning to get to for ages. To avoid all of the paper clutter, consider going digital with any of the documents that you currently get in the mail like utility bills and bank statements.
Deep Clean Your Home
Break out your rubber gloves and your all-purpose cleaner! It’s time to give your home a good scrub. Baseboards, throw pillows, doormats, windows, shower curtains…all of it gets a deep clean this spring. If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done, break up your tasks room by room. Consider creating a checklist or finding a template online that you can use to keep track of your progress, like this one from Taste of Home.
Maintain Your Freshly-Cleaned Home
Incorporate a “20-minute tidy” into your daily routine. This means setting a timer for 20 minutes every night to go through your home and do some minor cleaning and decluttering. This could mean running a load of laundry, wiping down your kitchen counters, vacuuming, putting dishes away, etc. These 20-minute tidies can help you avoid the dreaded full-house scrub once a month when the mess becomes unbearable.