How to Tackle Spring Cleaning So You Can Clean Less All Year Long
If you are anything like me, the thought of spring cleaning makes you nauseous. It overwhelms me every year as spring seems to sneak up on me. There is always so much going on that I dread spending time spring cleaning my house. I have vowed to change that this year and my goal is to spring clean and plan out each room to reduce the amount of time needed to clean all year long.
What you will find in this post:
- How to organize your rooms to clean less all year long
- How to declutter while you spring clean
- The products I recommend for spring cleaning
- How to make it less overwhelming
- How to be happy with your home after you are done
How to Organize Your Home to Clean Less
First determine what you actually need in each room. What purpose do you have for each room? What do you need for your living room or family room? Are there toys in that space? How do you want to keep it picked up even with toys in the area?
Thinking about this ahead of time will help you plan your cleaning strategy, decluttering strategy and best ways to keep your home organized.
Whatever you do for each room, consider this before you even clean. If you want to work on organization, plan this out before you even get started with spring cleaning.
Just as an example, I plan on redoing our dining room this year. I want to repaint, have my dining room table refinished and buy new curtains. I also want it to feel more inviting for when we have guests over. This is a room in our house we use often especially when we have guests so I want it to feel a certain way.
I picked out the color scheme for the room and I have certain accent pieces in mind for the space. I will not be finishing the table on my own because I want it to look nice (yes, I am knocking myself here because I am not very good at painting furniture. Thankfully, I have a friend named Heather who is:)
I love saving money, but I also know from experience that when I love the way a room looks, I am more likely to keep it clean. I am sure the same goes for you too.
Have pretty things, but put them into your budget.
How to Declutter Your Home While You Spring Clean
Second, by reducing what you have, you will spend less time cleaning (dusting, moving stuff around, picking stuff up) all year round which will make your life so much easier.
I despise cleaning. Since the beginning of the year I have been decluttering my home which I has been a really great experience. I wouldn’t exactly say I have hit minimalist status yet, but boy am I working on it. I purged about 60% of my kids toys and I created a capsule wardrobe to simplify my life and oh my goodness… I love that I did both of those things. I already feel so much less stress by doing just those 2 things!
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to really go through your home and figure out what is truly needed and what isn’t. As you go through the cleaning process, take some time to figure out what is actually a necessity in your home and what you could get rid of.
If you haven’t used something in the past year, consider selling it, donating it or throwing it away. The more stuff you have, the more you have to take care of and the more stress you will have.
I have been using the Simply Organized Printable Pack to help me purge more stuff and it has helped to stay really focused on my organization goals. I am not a super organized person, but I am getting there (thanks to the printable pack from my friend Kaitlin from The Simply Organized Home).
The Products I Recommend for Spring Cleaning
Third, pick products that are easy to use, tough on dirt and that you love to clean with. I have found a few that I love to use on a regular basis.
You can also try some new green products. I am a huge fan of natural cleaning products like Honest and Method products (the Pink Grapefruit Method All Purpose Cleaner is a Favorite). My kids actually help me clean so it is nice not to have to worry about any toxic chemicals. I also picked up Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Purpose Cleaner and I have been really happy with that also. I use Bona cleaner for my hardwood floors in my kitchen and I love it.
How to make it less overwhelming
Spring cleaning always seems so overwhelming to me. Maybe this isn’t the case for you, but I always want to push this off as long as possible. Here are some ways to make it less overwhelming this year.
Have the kids help out. For whatever reason, my kids love to clean. My youngest is a creature of habit already and he loves to have stuff in its place. Don’t get me wrong the little wrecking ball will make a mess too, but he has certain places for every one of his stuffed animals and toys. Have them help out and show them where stuff goes to help you keep the house picked up all year long.
As you go through the toy room, ask if the kids are willing to get rid of other toys. My 5 year old has become attached to some toys. There are certain ones he won’t let me get rid of and that is fine, but last time we decluttered toys, I was surprised that he was ok with letting me donate a lot of them. #momwin
Simplify your kitchen. If you are anything like me, you love to be in the kitchen and when your kitchen is clean, you feel like your house is clean. As you wipe out cabinets for cleaning, get rid of glasses, dishes, tupperware or any appliances in the kitchen that you aren’t using. It will free up space in your kitchen and you will feel less stressed with less stuff.
Organize your pantry or cabinets. Buy some organization totes or bins and keep the spaces organized. You will be more likely to keep up with organization if you employ a system that works for you.
Tackle the big projects first. I dread cleaning our basement storage area. It is the catch all area and it desperately needs cleaned. It is a huge area and I am overwhelmed thinking about it. I will tackle that project first because if I get that done, I will feel like I can accomplish anything. And my husband will be helping me (he he he!)
Take it a room at a time. If you can’t bear the thought of cleaning every room all at once (ehem, me!) then take it a room at a time. Plan out when you will clean each room, put it in your planner and get it done, baby! Creating a plan to tackle the spring cleaning will help you stay focused and organized.
Have a start and end date. If you plan on getting everything done in one weekend, plan for that. If you are spreading out your spring cleaning to a couple weekends, make sure you have a definite start and end time. It will keep you accountable and focused on getting everything done.
Consider outsourcing. If you hate to clean and this season of life is just super busy, but you want to have a clean house, consider hiring someone to clean your home. I have done this in the past. I had someone clean my house every month for a while because I was working so much I just didn’t want to take the time to do it. It is totally ok to outsource spring cleaning if you just can’t make the time.
Stay on task. If you come across projects that you want to get done (hanging pictures, painting a room, a DIY project), write them down and tackle them another time. Make sure you stay focused on the actual cleaning part or you could get off track very easily and the cleaning may never get finished.
How to Be Happy with Your Home
Finally, be thankful for the space you already have. Find ways to put your touch on it to make it a comfortable inviting space. If you do this, you will want to keep it clean. Having a bunch of stuff everywhere doesn’t make for an inviting space. It just makes you feel more stressed and uncomfortable.
For me, the biggest change in really loving my home again was making sure every space was what I wanted it to be. For example, I need my kitchen to be clutter free so I can get in, get the meals done and get out. I don’t want to spend all of my time in the kitchen. I have a meal planning system that helps to keep me organized also.
I want my dining room to be a place to gather and share memorable conversations with friends and family. We also use our dining room for a craft area for our kids so we have a small storage container with their craft supplies, coloring books, puzzles, etc. It just works for our family. (My dining room isn’t what I want yet, that’s why I am redoing it this year.)
The point is, really take the time to define what you need from a well functioning home before you get in the spring cleaning groove to make sure the deep clean lasts longer. Minimalism has become popular because it gives moms a way to take their time back. You don’t have to spend as much time cleaning if there isn’t as much to clean.
Just be very calculated with what you need your home to be and you will be in great shape to clean less all year round.
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