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Spring is the time of year when everything becomes new again.
As the seasons change from dark and dreary to bright and cheery, your home also needs a little spring refresh. Spring cleaning doesn’t have be this huge undertaking. There are ways to make spring cleaning easier and more rewarding.
Deep Clean One Room at a Time
The thought of spring cleaning your home may sound like a daunting task. By tackling one room at a time you put less stress on yourself to get it all clean at once. Break up your home into different rooms or areas that you want to clean and make a schedule to clean these areas one at a time.
You could spring clean one room every day or just tackle one room each weekend until your entire home is clean. There is no rush.
The important thing to remember is that you have complete control over your own schedule. This isn’t a competition. Just tackle a little bit at a time. Eventually, over time your entire home will be sparkling clean.
Declutter & Make Some Extra Cash while you Spring Clean
Now comes the fun part, time to declutter your home. We all have stuff in our home that we no longer want, need, or use. Go room by room and gather everything that is no longer of any use to you. If you haven’t used it in a while, don’t wear it anymore, or just simply don’t like it, then that is a sign that it is time to get rid of it. There is no point in hanging on to stuff if it isn’t bringing any value to our lives.
So how can you make some extra cash from decluttering?
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By decluttering you are not only cutting down on the amount of time it takes to spring clean your home because there is less “stuff” to clean but your home will look so much better without a lot of stuff laying about. Besides when you declutter spaces like your closet or jewelry box that means you have space for new items to come in. “Out with the old, in with the new”, as the old saying suggests.
So you’ve decluttered and even made a little extra cash while doing it. What do you do with the other unwanted items in your home? Donate them! There are lot of items you can donate like old clothes, kids toys, even furniture! Donating is a great way to declutter your home of items you no longer need or want while also helping out someone else. Do some research and find an organization you’d like to donate to and get to donating. The less clutter in your home the better.
One of the easiest ways to keep a home looking neat and tidy is with proper organization. After deep cleaning and decluttering it is important to make sure that whatever remains has a proper “home”. This means that if you store blankets in the ottoman in the living room that that same blanket should be put away in the ottoman after each use. When something has proper storage it will keep your home looking neat and clean while also making it easier on you to keep it that way.
Rearrange the Furniture
I do everything in my home. From the time I wake up to the time I lay my head on my pillow at night, I see mostly these 4 walls on any given day. Because of this, seeing the same thing day after day can be a bit, well, boring. This is why after I spring clean an area in my home I like to switch up the layout of the space in one way or another.
Rearranging the furniture in a room can create a completely different vibe altogether. Whether its by moving the couch to the opposite wall in the living room or just moving a house plant to a different room. Moving things around in your home makes it feel new and exciting without even spending a dime. So, switch it up a bit!
Spring Clean Your Outdoor Space
Your outdoor space is often the first impression someone has when visiting your home. Whether you live in a house or apartment you want the entrance way of your home to be as warm and inviting as possible.
Get rid of any of the stuff that may be cluttering this area of your home. Change out any old decorations, add a new welcome mat, tend to the garden or cut the grass, do whatever you can to clean up the entrance of your home in order to make it more inviting.
Clean Out Digital Clutter on Electronics
This day and age, digital clutter is about as bad as clutter in your home. I consider my online space a part of my home. If I’m not doing something in my home then I’m doing something on my computer. Just like the areas in my home that I spend a lot of time in, I also want the space that I spend online to be neat and tidy as well.
This means it’s time to tackle those emails that have been piling up in your inbox all year. Unsubscribe from newsletters you never read, delete unsolicited junk mail, and organize important emails into folders until your inbox is clean. When your inbox is clean and organized checking emails each day becomes less of a daunting task to tackle.
After cleaning out your email inbox move on to other frequently visited websites, social media, even the files on your actual computer. If you are like me and use electronics all day every day, making sure everything is decluttered and organized can help make your work day and digital life run a lot more smoothly.
Establish a Maintenance Routine You Can Stick To
After everything has been cleaned, decluttered, organized, and rearranged you’ll want to maintain that spring cleaned feeling throughout the rest of the year. To do this, it is important to create a maintenance schedule and stick to it. This doesn’t have to be as extensive as deep cleaning but with daily maintenance you can keep your home looking neat and tidy.
Maintenance is simple. Don’t let things pile up in areas of your home or “digital home”. When you use something put it away after you are done and try to keep a regular cleaning schedule each week.
By maintaining a clean home throughout the year, come this time next year your spring cleaning will be a breeze!