The arrival of spring means a chance for a fresh start. Flowers are blooming everywhere, the sun is shining a little warmer, and we look forward to opening up our homes to let in some of that pleasant, clean air.
Back in the days before central heat and air conditioning, people were forced to keep their windows and doors tightly shut throughout the winter. Without proper ventilation, this made it somewhat difficult to clean; not to mention the fact that the days are shorter in the winter, which meant there was less daylight to see things by. This is how the term “spring cleaning” came about. While these days we are able to deep clean our homes at any point throughout the year, spring cleaning has become somewhat of an annual tradition for many people.
Spring Cleaning Tips to Get You Started
If you haven’t started your annual spring cleaning yet and feel somewhat overwhelmed about everything that needs to get done, you aren’t alone! It’s easy for our home storage spaces to get crammed full of our belongings throughout the year and for us to put off a lot of those deep cleaning tasks. However, studies actually show that a cluttered, dirty home can lead to more stress in our lives, and no one needs any more of that.
If you don’t know where to begin, here are a few spring cleaning tips to have you on your way to a tidy, organized home this season:
- Define your goals. First, decide what you’d really like to accomplish with your spring cleaning this year. Maybe you need to tackle the closet in the master bedroom or clear out the basement. Perhaps the bathroom needs a deep cleaning, all the way down to the grout. Go room by room in your home and make lists of the goals you’re hoping to achieve before you even get started.
- Set timeframes for tasks. If your entire home needs to be de-cluttered and thoroughly cleaned, it’s probably not very likely you’ll accomplish all of that in just one day. Instead, set some timeframes for when you’d like to get everything done and stick to that schedule. Maybe one weekend is spent cleaning the kitchen, including the refrigerator and pantry, and the next week is spent purging items from the attic.
- Assign chores to family members. Get the family involved in spring cleaning as much as you can. Chores split amongst a team will get completed much faster! You can even create a special spring cleaning checklist just for the kids and reward them for getting tasks done, like with some ice cream or other treat.
- Clear out clutter first. Before you can start deep cleaning projects, all that clutter needs to be dealt with. Put everything back in its proper place and make some decisions about what to keep, toss or donate. If you find you’re running out of storage in the home, renting a self-storage unit is a perfect option for getting some of that clutter out of the way, especially for those items you don’t need or use on a daily basis.
- Pay attention to the details. Spring cleaning means completing those chores you don’t usually do on a normal household cleaning day. For instance, wash all your bedding, including the comforters and pillows. Take everything off the shelves and dust. Wipe down ceiling fan blades, crown molding and baseboards. Tackle those detailed tasks that only need to get done every once in a while for a thorough, deep cleaning.
- Create a calendar of chores. Once you’ve finished spring cleaning this season, keep your home tidy and organized year round by scheduling some monthly deep cleaning tasks. Minimal maintenance done all year long will make for an easier spring cleaning session next year!