Spring is in the air…
And so is dust.
Time to break out the yellow rubber gloves, and finally unpack those boxes you’ve had in your garage since you moved in. If you are an organizational freak, like me, or if you’re a lazy sack of shit, also like me (What can I say? I’m complex) here’s a few spring cleaning tips to get you going.
Make a list of what you want to tackle
You obviously can’t get to everything in one day so prioritizing is a must. Make a plan for the whole week if you have to. Personally, I would start with picking clothes up and starting laundry, because if you have a lot of clothes, or are washing for more than one person, this could take all day. Then pick up all the trash and throw that out. After that I would focus on dusting, cleaning surfaces and furniture, and then mopping/sweeping/vacuuming the floors. After that you get to the fun part: Organizing.
2. Make a list of supplies
The last thing you want to do is go into such a monumental task unprepared. If you have a Costco or Sams Club membership, it is a great place to go to get cleaning supplies in bulk (Unfortunately, you will need them again in the future.) Otherwise, your nearest Walmart would do. Some of my go to supplies are: The Swiffer/ Swiffer WetJet for sweeping/mopping, Swiffer Duster for dusting, Tide laundry PODS for detergent and sofener, Clorox disinfectant wipes for cleaning counter tops, Fabreeze Heavy duty for whatever scents you may run into, Windex for glass, Compressed Air Duster for cleaning electronics, aaand a little bit of vinegar for the heavy duty or bad smelling stains.
3. Don’t Try to do it all at Once
Cleaning is way less intimidating if you do it in sections. How you divide it up is up to you. You could do it by room, or split each room into quadrants. The most important thing is: once you start something, keep going until you finish it! I have a lot of problems with starting 10 different projects and not finishing anything. SO, although those floors are distractingly dirty, finish putting your clothes away first.
4. Make it as Pleasant as Possible
Trying to get clean and organized sucks, there’s no arguing with that. However, there are some things you can do in order to avoid a completely unpleasant experience. Try throwing some tunes on, things always pass by quicker when you have something to jam to. Keep the house at a comfortable temperature. There is nothing more unmotivating then your house being freezing cold or boiling hot. It is spring now, so pop open some doors and windows or turn on the fans. Also, make sure to wear something comfortable that you wouldn’t mind getting ruined.
5. Look for Life Hacks
I’m all about things that make my life easier. Sometimes finding those things is as simple as checking Pinterest. If you don’t have an account, I highly suggest getting one. It is free and the ideas are limitless. Follow the link to get set up today: http://www.pinterest.com or download in the app store.
6. Have a Place for Everything
No matter how hard you try, there’s no way you’ll ever be organized if you have more stuff than places to put that stuff. The key aspect of organization is to have a place for everything, and have everything in its place. My go to spot for Organizers is the Container Store, but it can get a bit pricey there. For people on a smaller budget, Walmart and Target should have what you need as well. When trying to decide on what to organize, focus on your problem areas: Can you never find your shoes? Get a shoe tree; Do you have a jumbled drawer full of crap? Get a drawer organizer; if you don’t have a closet and your clothes don’t have a place or always get wrinkly, get a clothing rack; Once you establish a place for everything, you’d be surprised to find how easy it is to keep things clean.
(You can also find ones with 3 hampers underneath so there’s a place to sort and store your dirty clothes)
My Journey is just beginning, but I will not suffer in silence! I’ll keep you updated on my struggles, and you can update me with yours in the comments below! I should also mention that I am not paid/ sponsored by any of these brands/stores, these are just the brands/stores that I have had great experiences with. If you have any tips or suggestions, leave those in the comments as well. Happy Cleaning!