Congratulations! You made it through winter. Give yourself a pat on the back.
Warmer weather and baseball is on the way.
But before you go making your outdoor plans, there’s still plenty of work to do around the house. After all, they don’t call it spring cleaning for nothing.
From giving your home a thorough dusting to shampooing the carpet, now’s the time to spring into action and get your home in order.
Follow These Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring Cleaning Tip #1: Plan Projects Room by Room
Spring cleaning takes time and can be overwhelming. Rather than looking at the big picture, focus on one room at a time. This will allow you to dedicate the time and attention each room in your home needs.
“Pace yourself. You’ve finally crawled out of hibernation and want to start spring cleaning, but if you bite off more than you can chew you’ll run out of steam and give up before completing the project.”
Janet Bernstein I The Organizing Professionals
Spring Cleaning Tip #2: Prioritize by Importance
We’ve all made lists at some point in our lives, and we’ve even prioritized those lists by level of importance. Prioritizing your spring cleaning checklist is no different.
According to Sage Singleton, a home maintenance expert at SafeWise, start with the most important tasks within each room, such as checking smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. From there, move to smaller projects, like sanitizing remotes.
“By organizing spring cleaning tasks by importance, you’ll be able to access what is essential and what can be put on hold,” Singleton said. “This will save you time and help create a schedule that is easy to follow and achieve.”
Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Declutter Your Home
Speaking of prioritizing tasks, there are a few prioritizing techniques when it comes to decluttering.
Spring is a good excuse to start getting rid of clutter in your home, whether you’re recycling it, donating it or simply throwing it out.
“The best tip we have for spring cleaning is to declutter before you start to clean. Go through everything in that room or space and determine to keep, throw out or donate the items. When you are finished, find a home for the items that you have decided to keep.”
Rebecca Nocheck I Organized Living
This especially applies to clothing.
Stacey Agin Murray, professional organizer at Organized Artistry, said that when sorting and purging clothes it’s best to use two different colored trash bags.
“I recommend white for donations and black for trash,” she said. “This makes it easy to figure out what goes in the garbage and what goes to relatives, friends or the local thrift shop. You don’t want to accidentally donate your trash and trash your donations.”
Spring Cleaning Tip #4: Clean and Organize as You Go
Just because it’s called spring cleaning doesn’t mean you should only show your home some love three months out of the year.
It’s like a New Year’s resolution. Just because you break yours on Jan. 2, doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to try again. You can set out a goal any day of the week.
The same rings true for ‘spring’ cleaning – it doesn’t need to be limited to the three months of spring. By following a monthly checklist of home maintenance tasks, it will keep you from having to tackle everything at once.
“Following a monthly task list helps you break the to-do’s into manageable and maintainable projects,” Singleton said. “It also keeps your home in working order year-round.”
Completing a major cleanout? Consider renting a dumpster for cleanup. These projects come with a fair amount of junk, and a roll off dumpster is an inexpensive and quick way of getting rid of it all. For a dumpster rental that will help you with your cleanups, call Budget Dumpster at 1-866-284-6164.
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