Out with the old, in with the new. Spring cleaning is the once-a-year ritual of sweeping, sorting and decluttering. Our homes become shiny and new again, in preparation for the new year.
Spring cleaning is an important part of keeping our homes and lives in order. It gives us a fresh start and helps us reevaluate everything we have managed to accumulate over the year.
So, if you have any minimalist ambitions, spring cleaning is a great way to jump start your new lifestyle.
In addition to keeping your home clean, here are some other do’s and don’ts associated with spring cleaning that will ensure you are successful.
Don’t do it all at once
You might think that you can take a Saturday and knock-out all of your spring cleaning. But, try to resist the urge to do it all once. Odds are, you are underestimating the amount of stuff, clutter, and dirt you have accumulated.
You don’t want to be too ambitious and leave yourself frustrated. The easiest way to quit your spring cleaning adventure is to get overwhelmed, tired, and defeated.
Do tackle one area at a time
Instead, tackle one area at a time. Remember that spring cleaning does not have to be a sprint. It’s better to think of your spring cleaning as a marathon.
Take your time and go through each area meticulously and with care. Maybe today you start with your bedroom. Once you’re done with that, use the rest of the day to rest or reward yourself for a job well done.
Tomorrow, focus on the kitchen. Go through your home comfortably and take breaks where needed.
Doing this will help you stay motivated and allow you to see your gradual spring cleaning progress.
Don’t clean in your free time
Spring cleaning is an important activity. It increases your productivity throughout the year and helps you to stay healthy. Furthermore, a clean house is likely to make you happier and reduce stress.
For these reasons, you should make spring cleaning a priority, rather than an afterthought. Don’t designate your spring clean for free time—mark your calendar and prepare ahead—your free time should be enjoyed in your freshly cleaned home!
Do make a plan and stick to it
Instead, make your spring cleaning a priority. Strategise how you will complete your spring cleaning bit by bit. Create a schedule that outlines on which days you will complete which areas of your home.
After you have a schedule set, make sure you stick to it. Don’t prioritise social engagements or the desire to rest above following through with your spring cleaning plan.
Also, make sure to keep track of progress. As you clean an area, mark it off of your plan. This way, you can see how far you have come and keep focused on how far you have to go.
Don’t overlook the details
Spring cleaning is not a time to just straighten-up your home. The idea is to really get in there and clean all of the nooks and crannies you wouldn’t usually get to.
So, it’s important that you don’t gloss over the corners, underneath large items, or items above your head.
Do clean from top to bottom
Instead, make sure that your plan and mind frame are set for a deep and detailed cleaning of your home.
You will immediately notice a difference in the smell and orderliness of your house by cleaning from top to bottom. This is also the best way to ensure that you go through all of your stored away items and get rid of anything that you haven’t used and no longer need.
Don’t go it alone
A messy house can be embarrassing. And inviting someone to see all the dark corners of your home can be even more nerve wrecking.
However, when it comes to spring cleaning, it’s important to swallow that pride.
Trying to tackle spring cleaning alone will certainly prolong your task. Also, when you are not accountable to anyone, you leave yourself with more opportunities to quit.
Do ask for help
Instead, enlist the help of friends, family, or a professional cleaning service. Make sure that your helping hand is aware of your plan and how they fit into it. Try to exploit their strengths to get the most out of your spring cleaning journey.
For example, if you know that your mother is very detail oriented and likes to organise, she might be the best person to go through your collection of nick-knacks.
Or, you could hire a cleaning service to come in and complete the bigger tasks like cleaning the floors, ceiling fans, and blinds.
Having assistance will get the cleaning done faster, provide support, company, and keep you accountable to your plan.