I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some Spring Cleaning around my house! April is the month I choose to give our house a second round of decluttering and give it a deep clean. I have to tell you that I love to clean. Cleaning is therapeutic for me and I do it any time I’m stressed out or overwhelmed. It is so nice to focus on one small task at a time and I live for that feeling of accomplishment when I’m finished.
For some though, Spring Cleaning can bring on that overwhelmed feeling and lead to anxiety about how they are going to accomplish it in their home. I believe that if you break it down into smaller tasks, focus on one area at a time and give yourself a reasonable time frame, you can get it done without all the stress. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Check your cleaning supplies + tools
Go through your cleaning supplies and see if you have everything you need to get the job done. Are you low on any cleaning solutions or have you been meaning to buy the swiffer refill and just haven’t gotten around to it? Now is the time to make a list of items you need to buy to be prepared. Check the filters in your vacuum or other small cleaning devices you use to clean. After you have your supplies and tools, you are ready to create your plan. Need help finding cleaning tools? I’ve rounded up my top ten, must have cleaning tools here!
create a cleaning plan
Spring Cleaning doesn’t need to happen in a week. Who has the time or energy to clean their whole apartment or house in a week? We have jobs, families to take care of and other commitments that make that impossible. I like to create a 4 week plan that focuses on sections of my home to complete each week. Here is an example of our family’s plan.
Week 1: LAUNDRY ROOM + KITCHEN
Go through each cabinet and drawer in these two rooms. Pull everything out and determine what needs to stay, what can be donated and what needs to be trashed. Stay focused on what you actually need in these rooms right now and make quick decisions. Throw away anything expired or that you simply don’t like anymore. Once you have decluttered your drawers and cabinets, learn to enjoy the “white space”. You don’t have to fill your cabinets and drawers with new stuff! While you are decluttering, wipe down and clean that drawer or cabinet you are working on, arrange the items you keep neatly and then move on to the next.
Week 2: LIVING ROOM + OFFICE
Go through each room quickly and take out any trash or anything you can quickly say you don’t want in your home anymore. Next, go through each cabinet, bookcase, drawer and decide what can stay, donate or trash. Then, go back and organize each space. Determine if what was stored there still makes sense for how you want to use the room going forward. Look at your decor, are you still in love with your decorative items, books, plants, etc? If not, remove them. DO NOT be tempted to replace these items right now. Wait until this process is over and then slowly over time, bring in items to decorate this space that you truly love.
Week 3: BATHROOMS + MAIN CLOSETS
Go through bathroom cabinets and drawers and do the same. Determine what needs to stay, donate and trash. Clean out main closets at this point in the plan. These are like the coat closet and linen closets. Leave your bedroom closet for next week.
Week 4: BEDROOMS
I save bedrooms for last because they can involve emotional decisions that may have been too difficult to make in the beginning of this process. Keep up those quick decision making skills and go through your bedrooms and their closets. Clothing is the hardest. Be sure to do this quick and determine if you can still wear each piece of clothing and if you still love wearing each piece. Create your dream closet of pieces you love so it will make getting dressed easier in the mornings.
WEEK 5: PLAYROOM + GARAGE
If you have a playroom and/or garage, take a 5th week to sort through these spaces. Keep only what your kids actually play with at this moment and organize these spaces so things are easily accessible and easy to clean up.
Follow the plan
You have your plan in place, you’ve been working hard getting each space back in order and cleaned out, keep up the hard work! You have seen the progress and I know it feels great. You are creating spaces in your home for your family to enjoy, feel safe and comfortable in and giving them more opportunity to create and thrive.