“Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. The practice of spring cleaning is especially prevalent in climates with a cold winter. The most common usage of spring cleaning refers to the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom which would take place in the first warm days of the year typically in spring, hence the name. However it has also come to be synonymous with any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise.” (definition taken from Wikipedia)
But, the question is: Will spring really show up this year? I’m beginning my spring cleaning and organizing even though it’s going to be 15 degrees overnight, and there are still some big frozen snow banks in Somerville. March is coming in like a lion, but hopefully, it will go out like a lamb.
Have you begun your cleaning and organizing for spring?
Here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Thoroughly clean one room each week. If your home isn’t too big, this should take you to the end of April. Vacuum, dust, rearrange furniture, purge, and organize the stuff in each room. Yesterday, I cleaned my bathroom. Next week, I’ll give my living room a thorough go through.
2. Sort through one shelf, drawer, box, cabinet and bin at a time. Keep it simple, so you do not get overwhelmed. I am going to sort through and organize a kitchen junk drawer (see photo of cluttered drawer above) that holds kitchen utensils, plus a lot of rubber bands and baggie ties.
3. Practice the age old expression: ‘When in doubt, throw it out’. If I don’t love, need, use, or want an item, I throw it out! Or, give it away, or recycle it.
4. Don’t spend money, be creative and re-purpose the containers you already have! Look around and you will most likely find empty boxes, canvas shopping bags, or plastic containers for storage. I have a bunch of them up in the attic. You can also sort through and purge any full containers you have to make them re-usable.
5. Take a few minutes before work or after work to recycle plastics, wash a counter, sweep the floor. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that life will be easier if you take on this task each day. It works for me.
6. Don’t worry about following someone else’s system for cleaning/organizing. Use the system that works for you. My way may be different from yours.
7. And, make a promise to yourself to not procrastinate. Get it done! I’m a big procrastinator, but when I get a household task or organizing project accomplished, I feel great!
Do you have any TIPS for spring cleaning/organizing that work for you? I’d love to hear about them.