How to Spring Clean like a Pro
The road to obtaining an organized life-
Spring Cleaning is crucial but I don't think it should only be done in the spring. Cleaning and organizing your house clears your mind and spirit. Allowing you to be more productive and present. We shouldn’t wait for a specific time of year - the right time is now to spring clean. I do love the colors and feel of spring so it’s definitely a great time to get started. This is why you should always be maintaining and organizing the spaces you work and live in. For one, it doesn’t make it overwhelming cause you have less time to accumulate stuff and two when tasks are done regularly it creates a habit. I can sit here and tell you to toss and/or donate everything and live a minimalistic life but that doesn’t work for everyone. So you have to find what works for you. Following my account and other organizing accounts on social media is a good method to stay organized. I fill my feed with tips and ideas on how to stay organized and they serve as reminders to stay on track. Everyone always asks me how do I start to Spring Clean my home. And it’s often just as simple as starting. My advice is to get a piece of paper and walk through your house and start jotting down every single room/closet/bathroom you come in contact with. After you have listed all the spaces in your home you are going to add a start and finish date to each space. This depends on your time availability but it also depends on your personality. If you are someone that is really electric and has time on your hands it might only take you several hours to complete each space. You want to work with whatever else you have going on but you don’t want to give yourself too much time for a designated space because then it just drags on and you’re less likely to finish. I think especially when you are spring cleaning it’s important to enjoy and learn from the process not so much the end result. As I go through each room I always start by emptying out the closet, bookshelf, drawers, etc. Looking at an empty space can spark creativity. When you have let’s say a closet that is filled with clothes it’s hard to envision what you would like that space to be. Have in each room 2 trash bags. One for items you are going to donate and another bag for items you are going to discard. Having those 2 trash bags already open when decluttering a space is vital. It forces us to fill them up. Let’s say you are cleaning out a closet. You would get each piece of clothing and ask yourself several questions to determine what the correct home for this item.
- How long has it been since you have worn this?
- Does it fit you?
- Is it in good condition?
- If this was at the store today would you purchase it?
The place each item takes in your closet is dependent on how you answer these questions. For example, if you haven’t worn something in years ask yourself why you haven’t. Is it because it’s something really fancy and just haven’t been able to go to an event where you would wear something like it? Something like this should not take top priority in your closet, it should probably be in a garment bag with other dresses in a corner. This same principle can be applied to every room. In a playroom, the question of - How long has it been since you have worn it? -can be thought of as- How long has it been since your child has played with this toy? Once you have cleaned out each room there are certain items you can buy hangers, jars, and baskets that maximize your space. I am an Amazon Influencer which means that I have a dedicated Amazon page that I have curated with organizing products. These are items that I have tested in both my client's homes and my own. You can find the link on my site.
And I’ll leave you with this
The easiest and most effective way to maintain your house is to always make sure each item has a home and never put something down Always put it away.