March is here and that only means Spring is a few days away! I have already started to pre-spring clean by decluttering and tidying up my home now. When our home is clean, we feel refreshed and can easily relax and enjoy our family more. Not only is our home de-cluttered but our mind is as well! It looks and feels awesome!
I am feeling restless and exited for the arrival of Spring. Right now we are experiencing cold weather and a few instances of snow! I can’t wait for Spring, to open the windows of my home, let the brisk air in and feel the sunshine!
Time to re-freshen your home and clear the clutter!
You choose what best fits your needs and how you can begin in your own home. I strongly believe not to attempt to deep clean, until I de-clutter first. Then I can feel at ease to clean everything in my home. The important thing is to not stress and overthink this. I prefer to complete this in one or two days if it is possible. For some people this may not be the case; however for me, I prefer while I am on track, to finish as much as I can. It takes time; however, the most important thing is to be happy and take it step by step.
*De-clutter *Donate * Disinfect * Delegate * Don’t forget flowers
- Clean out all cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms asking yourself the questions above.
- Clean out closets (master, childrens’, hall, laundry & linen) Have four baskets or boxes labeled: Keep, Donate/Sell, Recycle, Trash
- Go through all office paperwork, bills, magazines, etc: Have your baskets ready with the following: File/Keep, Recycle, Trash
When cleaning closets with clothes and shoes, it helps me when I do the following:
- Color coordinate (from dark to light)
- Divide closet into sections: pants, skirts, dresses, blazers etc
- Get uniform hangers (inexpensive and all the same color or type)
- Use Garbage Bags or Cardboard Boxes – I find what helps me is to fill up garbage bags or purchase inexpensive $2 cardboard boxes from Uhaul. I don’t want to invest in plastic tote and storage boxes due to me wanting to keep these around in my garage or closet and this defeats my purpose. This way, I can label the cardboard boxes, DONATE or SELL in a future garage sale. I can also place in garbage bags and take them directly to the Salvation Army
2. Disinfect & Deep clean– Use a cleaner that will kill germs and disinfect.
Now that you have de-cluttered and put out everything you don’t need, you are left with less stuff and now you can roll up your sleeves and put rubber gloves on. Remember, the less we own, the less we have to clean! Time to disinfect!
You can do one area each day or two a day. You decide how you want to tackle your space and which day. You create your own schedule.
Have your cleaning supplies compiled in a small caddy or basket. Don’t stress out, open your windows, let some fresh air in, take your time and turn up the music!
Here I posted how to make a DIY Cleaning Caddy and some cleaners:
You will need the following cleaning supplies:
1. microfiber towels
2. window spray (a squeegee is also helpful)
3. all purpose cleaner
5. broom/mop/toilet brush
6. rubber gloves
Note: I find it easier to start at the front left corner room of my house and work clockwise direction to each room. In addition, I start at the top of each room (ceilings/corners) and work to bottom (floors).
- bathrooms (wash shower curtains, deep clean tubs, toilets & sinks)
- bedrooms (get everything out of furniture drawers and nightstands and organize, clean corners)
- closets, hallways & stairways
- kitchen (fridge/freezer, microwave, stove, pantry, sink, cabinets, counters & floors)
- living & dining room (wash throws/pillows of sofas/chairs & dust furniture and curtains)
- laundry room
- wipe clean all ceiling corners, ceiling fans, windows & window ledges, walls, doors, doorknobs, furniture in every room (remember to start top of room, working towards bottom of room)
- wash all bedding and curtains
- dusting: use a lint free microfiber cloth for dusting wood surfaces or a natural duster. Skip the furniture polish as this will actually attract more dust. Also, use this microfiber cloth for televisions. Do not spray product on tv’s or monitors, spray cloth with cleaner and wipe away
- vaccum furniture and carpets, sweep and mop every room after you have cleaned windows and have dusted (remember to sweep under appliances, under bed and furniture)
- clean vents
- clean washer and dryer
- clean garage and now it is a perfect time to plan to have a garage sale (this is what I am going to do)
3. Delegate – Do involve your whole family.
Having other family members help is a great way to delegate and assign different areas to them. Don’t forget that this will not be finished in one day. It takes time to get your whole house de-cluttered and disinfected. Don’t stress about it! Nobody’s house is perfect like we see in magazines.
For example, while I will be spring cleaning, I have delegated all the laundry duties to my oldest daughter. The papers that I need to shred have been assigned to my middle daughter to shred in shredder. I have delegated my son to take out trash in all rooms and take it outside. My husband handles all the garage cleaning. Everyone can contribute to even the tiniest of duties to help your spring cleaning be less stressful. Once completed you can all be satifisied and enjoy a clean home! I don’t know about you but when my house is clean, I feel happier than ever.
4. Don’t forget the fresh flowers!
Fresh flowers are a must! After you finish this exceptional job of Spring cleaning and your home smells clean and tidy, reward yourself with a bouquet of fresh flowers. Place in a vase and make flowers a regular part of your life! Enjoy, light a candle and you will feel relaxed and happy.