It is immensely challenging to juggle our personal and professional lives, whether you have piles of dirty laundry stacking up inside your home or you’re buried under work deadlines. However, a new season is the most suitable time to start afresh, and nothing will make you feel more invigorated and energized than a spring house cleaning and decluttering session. Whatever your reasons to clean or declutter your home during this spring season may be, the ultimate goals here are to simplify, make more room to breathe and brighten up your living space.
That said, decluttering and cleaning your home makes it more liveable and comfortable for you and your family. After all, ridding yourself of unwanted, unused items and belongings will open up your living space while making it look more spacious than before. So, why do homeowners shy away from cleaning and decluttering their homes? Well, they don’t want to put in the time and effort this chore requires, or they cannot take out time from their busy schedules. Whatever the reason may be, considering giving your home a nice clean today. With that in mind, let us consider a few tips you should utilize to declutter and clean your home this spring, making this process a lot easier and smoother. So, without waiting any further, some of these tips are listed down below.
Let go of items and belongings you don’t need anymore
It can be a tough decision to finally give away your personal items, especially if they hold sentimental value. That said, a spring decluttering and cleaning session will go a long way when you’re trying to rid your home of unwanted, unused items like that sofa you never use or that coffee table that is sitting in the corner collecting dust.
So, whether you discard unnecessary items, donate them to the local community center, sell them on eBay/Amazon, or store items inside a self storage unit, ensure that you do this as soon as possible to make your house look clean and spacious.
Start with an easy-to-clean area of your home
Trying to clean and declutter your home in a single session will undoubtedly overwhelm even the most expert organizer. So, consider breaking down the cleaning and decluttering process into smaller, bite-sized chunks for better manageability and efficiency. For instance, instead of cleaning your entire kitchen in one go, consider reaching the smaller areas first, such as under the sink storage.
That said, once you’ve decided on the area you want to declutter and clean first, get ready to dive headfirst into it. However, the mantra here is to throw away items that you no longer need. For instance, as mentioned before, if you want to clean your under-the-sink storage, look for empty bottles of countertops cleaners and throw them in the trash. Then work your way to the outside and get to your kitchen countertops. First and foremost, take a damp cloth and give everything a nice wipe down. Then move on to items that you no longer see use inside your kitchen. Such an approach applies to every room inside your home, be it your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or living room.
Organize things well
When you power through your cleaning and decluttering session, one significant thing to do is think about how you plan on organizing your items and belongings. Before starting the organization session, don’t forget that some items will need to be more in-reach than others, including children’s essentials, cooking utensils, cleaning suppliers, and clothes you regularly wear. Moreover, it would be wise to avoid buying expensive storage solutions and cramp everything into them. It probably won’t work at all, especially if you have tons of items and belongings to organize.
Furthermore, if you’re looking to save money and get the most bang for your buck with stuff you already have at home, utilize DIY storage and organization solutions. These include using chocolate boxes to store small jewelry items or empty shoes boxes as drawer dividers. In the end, you probably don’t need fancy, expensive dedicated storage boxes or organizers. In fact, vacuum-sealed plastic bags work like a charm when you’re looking to save space and organize your home simultaneously.
Give your home a deep clean
Maybe you have been putting off your home deep cleaning sessions due to lockdowns and quarantines. After all, if you have no one around other than yourself to notice dust and dirt gather up on your photo frames, furniture, and décor, your pace is clean as long as you’re concerned! However, don’t kid yourself, as even if you go a couple of days without a house cleaning session, your living space will probably end up looking like a garbage disposal unit.
So, open up all of your windows, put on some old clothes, gather some cleaning supplies, and stick a pair of headphones in your ears. That said, this list will get you started with your deep cleaning sessions: window cleaner, duster, vacuum cleaner, microfiber cloths, disinfectant, all-purpose cleaner, etc.
Go through your wardrobe
Chances are you might’ve gathered a ton of stuff while staying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After all, one thing people did during this time was a lot of online shopping. That said, declutter and clean your wardrobe sooner rather than later. Start with the small items first, like scarves, shoes, hats, pajamas, purses, socks, underwear, etc. Next, get to more bulky clothing items such as winter clothes. For instance, you can color-code your closet, purchase a few matching hangers, or fold and put away your winter clothes inside your under-bed storage. Furthermore, don’t keep particular clothing items because they’re trendy or costly. Also, if you aren’t wearing them or your body has outgrown them, give them away to someone who will use them. Plus, don’t be scared of a smaller wardrobe, as there is a high chance you’re only wearing a handful of clothing items anyways.
After deciding to clean and declutter your home, there will be no turning back. That said, when you’re going through every household item, piece of furniture, or clothing item, make a ‘get rid of’ or ‘keep’ checklist. Also, don’t forget to label storage boxes to know which one contains what. In the end, cleaning and decluttering is more about creating an open and comfortable living space than only a clean home. After all, clearing the clutter and ensuring that your house is neat and clean will lift your energy levels, clear your mind, and boost your productivity!