Spring Cleaning Made Easy

spring cleaning made easyRegardless of what the weather is telling us, last Thursday was the first day of spring 2014. I don’t know about you, but here in Delaware it definitely felt like the longest winter ever. While we may not be experiencing beautiful spring weather on a regular basis quite yet, it will come and we will be ready. Because today we’re going to talk about spring cleaning.

I know I’ve said this before but I am all about de-cluttering and organizing. Spring cleaning is really just another excuse for me to go through my home and get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be there. There’s also nothing better, in my book, than a clean apartment on a warm spring day with the windows open and the curtains blowing in the breeze. But it can seem like a daunting task so I figured I’d take a little time and break it down into more manageable bits.

1.       Make a checklist – Take some time and create one master list that details all of the things you’d like to get done. Include things like, organize closet and dresser, clean windows, de-clutter kitchen, yard work, etc. The list will probably be pretty long, but that’s okay because step number two will break it up.

2.       Organize your list – You can do this one of many ways depending on what works best for you. Do you want to break things into groups based on how long they will take? For example, “weekend projects” versus “one hour projects.” If that doesn’t work for you, try grouping things based on room; “kitchen,” “bedroom,” “living room.” You can also break things up by category such as cleaning, organizing, de-cluttering, or by man power – can you complete the task alone or will it be a family project? Play around with different ideas, the point here is to make your list less scary to look at.

3.       Take it one thing at a time – You do not need to get through your list in a day! If you want to and you can, by all means go for it, but don’t break your back trying to accomplish everything at once. You’re house isn’t going anywhere and watching a to-do list decrease over time is a great feeling. If you’re really organized you can make yourself a schedule to follow. For some people this actually helps motivate them to get things done, almost like a deadline.

4.       Enjoy it during and afterwards – Play your favorite songs while you’re cleaning and organizing. Come on, you know it’s fun to dance around with a broom (mainly when nobody else is home). It’ll also help the time go by faster. My mom likes to listen to a book on tape when she’s in her cleaning ritual. I prefer upbeat music but to each their own. Then, when your checklist is all checked off, ENJOY your spring ready home. Open the windows, bask in the sunlight and relax. You’ve earned it.

After this long and brutal winter I know we’re all excited to enter the spring season. The idea of cleaning your entire home and property is probably exhausting but just think of how great you’ll feel once it’s all done.

What is your spring cleaning routine? Share your ideas in the comments below.