It’s officially Spring, the days are getting warmer and it’s time to think about cleaning things out. I love spring cleaning because I love organizing and getting rid of stuff that I don’t need or use. Here are some tips on how to clean and freshen up our your home without being overwhelmed.
Do a little at a time
It might seem like you need to set aside an entire weekend to clean but you will dread it and get burned out really quickly. Instead make a list of things you would like to accomplish. Over the next two months complete one whenever you have some free time. For example, I might skip the gym and clean out all of the closets. Cleaning burns a decent amount of calories so I say it counts :).
Lose the emotional attachment
Have you used it in the past year? If not, toss it. This also applies to clothes and shoes but doesn’t necessarily count for special items like skis, camping gear etc. Put a 5 year limit on those.
Make a life box
My husband and I are each allowed one life box. We can keep anything that we want in our box without judgement or whining. This will allow you to hold on to the really special stuff without going over board.
Tackle ONE big project
Small projects like cleaning out closets and under beds will make your home tidy but put something on your list to change the way you FEEL about your home. You could give the guest room a coat of paint and new linens or get a closet organizer for your clothes. When things are organized, clean and fresh you will be less stressed (there are studies on this, I’m not making this up!) These bigger projects will make you feel better about your space.
Tackle ALL of those little projects
That stain on the carpet next to the couch, that thing in the refrigerator that you can’t identify, that stain on the wall… Write all of these things down and tackle one at a time. These little things are easy to complete and will make you feel like you accomplished something.
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