Now is the time to get your living space in order!
Flowers are in bloom, the world is lush and green, and the sun is shining. Everything is beautiful and ideal this time of year. The only problem with the extended hours of bright sunlight is the fact that you’re now confronted with the dirt, grime, and clutter that quietly accumulated this Winter. What to do now?
Your home should be your sanctuary – a place where you can easily unwind, relax, and recharge. Don’t undermine your ability to enjoy your space by putting off a massive spring cleaning project if it’s necessary. So, where do you start? The process can seem daunting, and the mere thought of tackling the job can stifle your motivation and energy to get it done. Keep reading to learn how to transform this overwhelming task into a manageable and rewarding experience!
Step 1 -Create a cleaning plan and schedule.
Whether your home is large or small, it is essential that you break down cleaning out your entire home into manageable chunks. Write a list of the rooms that need to be cleaned in your home, and then schedule the days you’re going to work on each one. Some rooms might need one day, and others might need more. The important thing is for you to break down this process into bite-size pieces. This will help you mentally process what you need to do while turning it into a streamlined, organized process.
Step 2 – Focus on organizing one group of items at a time.
Once you’ve made a list of all the rooms you need to clean and when you’re scheduled to clean them, it’s time to get started in room 1. It’s overwhelming to look at a mess and not know what to clean first, so you need to sort through things one at a time. For example, if you tend to leave important paperwork around with the intention of filing it, scan the room for unfiled paper and place all of it in a single stack. Sit down and go through that stack one page at a time and place each piece of paper into the appropriate file. If you’re not sure what to prioritize or where to start, check out this list:
- Collect any garbage and discard it
- Collect any loose papers and place into a stack to sort through
- Scan all surfaces and remove unnecessary clutter
- Collect any clothing and place in laundry room or hang up
- (Optional) Rearrange your furniture! Doing so will freshen up your space and make your home feel new.
Of course, you can do the above in any order that makes sense for you. The point is for you to systematize the process of cleaning so that you can use your time in the most efficient way possible.
Step 3 – Sweep, Mop, Dust, & Vacuum
After step two, you’re ready to thoroughly clean your room. This step in the process will make your home feel new again. If you have hardwood floors, you need to sweep and then polish the floors with an oil-based, wood-safe cleaner like Murphy’s Oil Soap. This product will protect your gorgeous flooring and keep it looking its best.
If you have carpets, consider getting them professionally cleaned every Spring –- you wont regret this choice (especially if you have pets). Dust mites can cause allergic reactions, so buy a pack of disposable dust masks and wear one before you begin this part of the process to save yourself the misery of a reaction.
Many people dry-dust without realizing that doing so simply creates a cloud of dust mites that fall right back to the surfaces you’re cleaning. Spray your cleaner directly on the dust to keep it from flying everywhere when you wipe it up. Doing so ensures the dust is immediately immobilized, which enables you to banish it more effectively from your space!
Final Step – Enjoy your Space!
Now is the time to rejoice in your hard work. You can kick back, relax, and truly enjoy your space. Maintain the work you’ve done by scheduling in dusting and tidying up every week. If you want to add decorative items, now is the time to do so. Consider purchasing a piece of artwork or a new rug — you’ve earned it!
We hope you enjoyed this entry, and that you’ve found our tips helpful. What organizational tips do you find helpful when starting on a big project? Comment your thoughts below!