by Jennifer Phelps: Organize. Design. Reinvent!
For generations, spring has been the traditional time to deep clean and declutter. But, if the thought of spring cleaning makes you cringe, you aren’t alone. According to the SpareFoot1, more than half of Americans dread spring cleaning more than taxes!
I tell my clients that if they take their time and add just one or two of these tasks to their regular cleaning routine, they’ll be loving their fresh, decluttered house before they know it.
- When putting away your winter clothes, pull out the things you didn’t wear last year.
- Get kids involved organizing toys, books, and clothes they’ve outgrown.
- In the kitchen and closets, clear out just one drawer, shelf or cabinet at a time.
- After you file your taxes, shred old paperwork and file other papers in ten-minute increments.
- Clear your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer of expired food.
- Check dates on medications, first aid supplies, and cosmetics.
- Take advantage of spring sales to update your organizing bins and systems.
- Flip mattresses and wash pillows.
- Google spring cleaning checklists2 to be sure you hit all the hotspots.
- Make a few bucks by having a yard sale or donate, donate, donate!
Making the effort this spring will pay off. I promise, because clearing the clutter now will make cleaning easier all year long.