As anyone in my family knows, I am not a big fan of cleaning. While I love the thought of living in a clean, organized house, that has sometimes felt like a dream. In reality, my house is organized chaos. Things have been worse than usual since we moved back to Kentucky – some rooms are still covered in boxes, while others are really just organized piles.
Now that spring is right around the corner, I've decided it is time to get organized and make this house look like a home! I'm starting the cleaning, and my husband is starting to work on some of those house projects that need some extra time and attention. While some people hate spring cleaning – I see it as a chance to make things look new and cheery after the dreariness of winter. To help make spring cleaning a bit easier for you, I included 5 Spring Cleaning Tips that have made cleaning easier for my family!
Spring Cleaning Tip 1: Make A List
If there is one thing that really helps me when it comes to spring cleaning, it's starting by making a list. Out of all my spring cleaning tips, this is the one that probably shocks people the least that know anything about me. I make lists for just about everything – ranging from grocery lists to daily to dos.
When my husband and I start our cleaning, I write everything down on my dry erase board that we hope to accomplish that weekend. Once we get everything down, we then prioritize things that must happen that weekend, and things that can be put off if we run out of time. In my opinion, nothing is better than erasing something and seeing how much you have accomplished with your cleaning!
Spring Cleaning Tip 2: Organize
While I value my list, I think this is the most important on my 5 spring cleaning tips list. By organizing items in the home, you are more likely to keep it that way, since there will be some a feeling of importance that things make it back to their original home. While this is a very time consuming step, it is the most important if you truly hope to keep everything organized and cleaned after you finished your spring cleaning, rather than just looking good for a little while.
Spring Cleaning Tip 3: Toss, Sell, & Donate
As I said in my recent article about getting rid of old electronics – we are pack rats. We have not just electronics laying around, but old movies, clothes, and some boxes that haven't even been touched since we were in our first apartment together. Rather than keeping these boxes and old things piling up in closets collecting dust, it may be time to go through them. If there is no reason to keep them, you may want to consider getting rid of those items.
While your old college homework probably won't draw interet, another person may very well be interested in those old clothes you are never going to wear again, or those DVDs you are sick of watching. Once you throw away the unusable items, I recommend putting your old things in one of two piles – one for donations, the other, items you can sell. While we all know about donating our clothes and old stuffed animals, relatively few people realize there is a significant market for old DVDs, electronics, and games. To get the most money for these items, I recommend going to a site like Music Magpie where you can turn these items into cash. Who knew that getting rid of clutter could turn into some extra money for spring DIY projects?
Spring Cleaning Tip 4: Delegate
This spring cleaning tip is something I learned from both of our mothers. With both of us having come from large families, there is one thing we learned to do very well – delegate! Both of our mothers were masters at dividing up cleaning chores and making sure everything got done as quickly and efficiently as possible. When Demelza was still living with us, we did the same – dividing up chores between three of us and making sure that chores went to those who were best suited for each task. My husband sometimes has to remind me to do this and give him some responsibility when it comes to cleaning or I will stress myself out trying to do everything myself. By delegating chores between you and other members of your family, you will be more productive and efficient with your cleaning.
Spring Cleaning Tip 5 :One Room at a Time
I'll be the first to admit it, when it comes to cleaning, I'm bad about biting off more than I can chew. This is one of those spring cleaning tips that I still need to master myself. I am terrible about trying to go from room to room getting things done – only to find I got nothing done except stress! Rather than try focusing on different rooms at once, focus your attention on one room and don't worry about messes in other rooms until that one is finished. Believe me, that mess will still be there when you're finished. I find it best to focus on one room a day and call it quits after that room is finished. Obviously some days will be busier than others with your spring cleaning, but it makes it more manageable and easier for busy families like ours!