SPRING CLEANING is traditionally a Spring activity but with our lives, workloads, and family life being crazier than ever this is not a realistic goal for most people. The excitement for the idea of getting your full home in order can wear off quickly without a proper plan. Let's face it: It's a lot easier to give up if you haven't mapped out a plan of action and decided exactly what rooms or areas of your home you'll be tackling. I’ve compiled a list of Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks as well as Do’s and Don’ts while ALWAYS bringing a healthy dose of realism into the subject!
SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
You can't set an attainable goal without being realistic with your goals and setting healthy steps for yourself to reach them. For instance, if you’ve lived in your home for 15+ years, have kids in college, and you haven’t purged and/or organized your home in years, this is NOT going to be a one-time Saturday job! And surely, don’t expect it to be easy.
PRO TIP: Don't compare yourself to others when mapping your own goals. When browsing the internet (mainly Pinterest) for tips and tricks to organizing your home, you may think to yourself, “Cleaning and organizing looks so easy for everyone else, why isn’t it as easy for me?” Well, this is the starting point of setting realistic expectations for yourself. Pinterest and tips and tricks online are very much like a TV show and are surely NOT a reality for most people. Everyone loves a clean and organized home but most people don’t like the process of getting there.
MAP YOUR PLAN
The only way to ensure you’re successful in meeting your organizing goals is to have a plan in place. For instance, pick days and times you will be most likely to accomplish Spring Cleaning and schedule those times for yourself. If something comes up, which they always do, immediately reschedule your time so that you don’t forget.
Everyone maps out their plans differently but I recommend starting with some easier tasks first, or smaller areas first, and move to the larger/harder areas after you’ve made some positive strides.
Purge/declutter FIRST, organize second, and THEN clean
DON'T THROW EVERYTHING AWAY
DON’T only deep-clean and organize your home in the Spring.
DON’T skip important areas of your home
If you don’t have a plan in place it will be very easy to skip important areas of your home. Areas that need Spring cleaning the most (basement, garage, and closets) may be missed if you’re losing motivation and you didn’t have a plan in place. It’s natural for us to stick to cleaning up the areas that we see the most, but resist this temptation because the areas that need the most attention are the easily cluttered areas!
NEVER be too embarrassed to ask for help
I hope you've been able to think about Spring Cleaning a little differently. Staying on top of your home and everything in it is a commitment. This is exactly why having less is beneficial... Don't be a slave to your things...
If you've tried these steps and are still unsuccessful let's chat so I can help you conquer your challenges.