Punxutawney Phil, easily the most famous groundhog alive, correctly predicted an early spring this year which I could not be more excited about! As a professional organizer, springtime means spring cleaning. I get it though, cleaning the house isn't always a fun task even if it is during the springtime. If anything, many of us would rather be out enjoying the nice warm weather instead of scrubbing our floors. Much like New Year's resolutions, spring cleaning often starts with good intentions but can easily be thrown to the side if you are not prepared and organized to get the job DONE!
Here are some easy tips from your favorite Certified Professional Organizer® to organize your spring cleaning and make it a success.
1. Gather your supplies
Before you start any of your cleaning, make a list of items you will need. This list may include soft cloths, glass cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, trash bags, a duster, maybe Swiffer pads. . . and any other products you use to clean your home. Organize your list by room and write the products you need to clean each room or space even if there are duplicates. A few items I HIGHLY recommend you add to your list is a few boxes or thick trash bags for donations. Additionally, add a a box or two for moving items. When you start cleaning, you may come across a few items that are out of place. Instead of taking the time to put that item in it's place and stopping your spring cleaning flow, put it in the "moving" box and take care of the items once you're finished cleaning for the day.
2. Declutter before cleaning
Make sure to declutter your space before you clean it. It is so much easier to dust and wipe down surfaces with less stuff. There are two approaches to this method:
3. Get creative
Don't feel tied to the way you had items placed before the decluttering and cleaning process. Be creative with how you decide to reorganize your things and use the space you have. Consider hanging hats on a wall like the image below for instance or using an over the door organizer for your shoes. Being creative can get us excited about organizing and cleaning. It feels good to have a new look in a room which will provide you the energy you need to work on the next room.
4. Clean by Blog Post
Take advantage of the resources we offer here on the Sage Organizing Co. advice blog! Consider planning your cleaning by a blog post a day. For instance, Monday you declutter your kitchen then follow these 4 Kitchen Organizing Secrets that will Blow your Mind to guide your cleaning. Tuesday, declutter your closet then follow Sage Organizing's 5 Tips to Organize your Closet. I've included links to other blog posts that may be helpful for your spring cleaning:
Which spaces or rooms do you plan to spring clean? Comment below!
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