I’ve never understood spring cleaning. Don’t get me wrong. I love spring and I love throwing my windows open at the first sign of it. But, if the weather is nice outside I’d also rather be, well outside, than stuck instead cleaning up after winter.
So every year my plan is to de-clutter and refresh my home before spring stops in for its annual visit. Which brings me to my first step.
5 Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Easier Later
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1. Spring clean your wardrobe.
If there are winter items you haven’t touched yet – because they don’t fit, you don’t like them, or they’re really not that useful – throw them in a donate bag. Also, go through your spring and summer items before the seasons hit. Weed out what you didn’t touch last year but for some reason keep holding on to.
As to what you do with that stuff – you have some options. First, you could sell them. I hear Poshmark is hot these days for making money off old items. But there is also Craiglist, garage sales or just eBay. If that doesn’t work or you don’t want to bother then donate your clothes. Someone else out there may be looking for just that item and you will now make their day.
Personally, I like to offer items to my family and friends first before donating and then what’s ever left heads to the Salvation Army, and hopefully to a new good home.
Find our more about how I clear out my wardrobe here.
2. De-clutter the rest of your home.
While this may seem like a daunting task, now that you’ve practiced with your wardrobe you can handle the rest, too. If you need a little help, here is a post I wrote on de-cluttering your home or office.
Hint: Ask yourself three questions: Do you love it? Do you need it? Can it make you money? If not…out it should go. If you can’t tell, I’m a big proponent of only keeping what you absolutely love and need. Why? Because you find you don’t need 10 of the same items, or to keep items you never use. It not only makes cleaning easier, but you appreciate what you have more.
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3. Keep counters clear and clean and get in the habit of putting stuff away immediately.
Yes, this tip is two-fold: First, keep your kitchen, bathroom and other surfaces free of stuff (within reason of course). For instance, I use my toaster once or twice a week but store it in my pantry and only get it out when I am going to use it. I then put it away as soon as I am finished.
But that seems like so much hassle! -You may want to shout at me.
Not really. It takes me a total of maybe 20 seconds to do both and for the rest of the time my counter is clear.
Think about it, if you load up your surfaces with stuff how often are you likely to clean your counters? Not very often. It will take so much time to move everything off them, clean then, then put the stuff back there. Why not store it away in the first place?
That way, say in the morning, I’m able to just do a quick swipe of my bathroom or kitchen counters before I head to work without using up any time moving items.Even if it sounds like too much of a bother just give it a shot for a week. Once you get in the habit it will help keep your home more organized and fresher heading into spring.
Plus, it’s a good excuse to re-organize and clean out some of those cupboards. I’m looking a your Tupperware drawer.
4. Use up chemical-filled cleaners.
Eventually I’m going to dive into a post on why you should avoid certain chemicals in your home and life but for now someone else already wrote a great piece outlining hidden toxins in cleaning products.
However, similar to going on a diet I don’t believe you need to make the switch all at once. Don’t throw out your Oreos today. Eat them. Just don’t buy them tomorrow.
Similarly, don’t throw out your cleaners today. You already paid for them. Use them to clean your home first, then buy natural, chemical-free and/or organic cleaners next time.
Which happens to be tip #5.
5. Make the full switch to all natural organic cleaners.
The good news is that since more people are concerned about chemicals in their cleaners, companies are making cleaner brands. Personally, I love mom and pop shops because I know I am getting good stuff. Right now I love Essential 8, which creates organic, homemade products for your body and home.
A mom who became increasingly concerned with ingredients in the products she was using at home started it. When she couldn’t find good replacements, she came up with her own and only used 8 ingredients or less in each product. All products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, and artificial fragrance. They are also made in small batches using organic ingredients.
I’ve been using essential 8 products for several weeks now and am super excited to share them with you. I have the all-purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and scrub. The all-purpose is probably my favorite because it makes my kitchen surfaces shine like no other (thank you vinegar) AND cleans up the carpet like my cat never puked on it. That’s some good stuff.
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