10 Essential Tips for Spring Cleaning and Decluttering
Updated: Mar 16
Spring Cleaning is in the air! When it comes to home organizing, there is just something about getting the house clean and decluttered after being locked in due to the snow (and that can't be a truer statement after this weekend!).
Decide What Matters Most
When it comes to cleaning and organizing, the most important thing to remember is to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you start to feel anxious, I like to focus on one task at a time and complete it entirely before moving on to another.
If you're cleaning the kitchen, start at the top and finish the entire space (I do advise to do the floors on each level last in order to maximize the cleaning time and effort!) before you move on.
If you're decluttering or purging a closet, bring trash bags or containers and label where the items are going (trash, donate or consignment/sell) so there aren't large piles of clothing on the floor around you.
Organization is a beautiful thing because it can be catered to the individuals needs and helps you find the things you need in your home!
Establish New Cleaning Habits
Set yourself up for success! A clean and organized home isn't just about having a clean environment, but it actually changes your mental state.
Leo Babuta, a zen habits blogger, states that you want to "make it so easy, you can't say no".
Start with something small. When you make dinner, make it a habit to clean up the dishes before you go to bed. When you get home, always hang your jacket and keys in the same place.
Building these habits overtime can help you grow into being more organized.
Something my dad always said helps me set my standard for keeping a certain habit: "Leave the place as if you had never been there". This has always been a good mantra for me keeping my kitchen clean!
Set A Timer
To keep yourself on track, set your organizing or cleaning time to a specific goal to stay motivated. Set your timer to 20 minutes and focus on one area to keep up the pace you've set to clean the house.
Giving yourself spurts of productive time can help keep projects manageable and keep you from feeling overwhelmed. This can also be a helpful way to break up the day when you're working from home. Set a time to get up every 2-3 hours to complete a task or do a quick chore.
Letting chores and tasks build up can make the to-do list feel overwhelming, so breaking it down and setting a time limit can make the process manageable (maybe even fun?? or at least not tortuous).
One "easy win" you can achieve within this time limit is organizing the junk drawer. We like to clear out these spaces, add in some drawer organizers and dividers and call it a utility drawer!
Change out/Clean Your Shower Curtains
Something not many people think of is switching out your shower curtains.
You can either fill a spray bottle with vinegar and wipe down the plastic curtain or you can simply switch them out once a year. If you're going to clean the curtain, I suggest taking it down from the rod (don't want it to come crashing down!) and laying it out with the plastic side up. This will give you full access to clean and disinfect the surface.
You can also throw your actual curtain in the wash (if it's fabric) -- this will help make your bathroom feel fresh and new!
Closet Clean-up (Winter Items)
Since winter is drawing to a close, it's time to start moving a few of your heavier sweaters out of rotation. Whether you do a seasonal switch-out or you have room to keep everything in your main closet (lucky!!), be honest with yourself about what things you wore this season (or even refer back to last season).
A good rule of thumb here is to ask yourself, "would I buy this item if I were at the store right now?" If it's a no, then maybe it's time to throw it in the donation bag.
Clean up the Washer & Dryer