I mean, you guys know I love planning, and I could not leave out Spring Cleaning Tips.
Well, it is indeed that time of the year, where I generally take everything out of the wardrobe and reorganised it for the 100 millionth time. However, we all know the best time for this is spring! And I wanted to share with you my tips for the easiest way to do spring cleaning, without feeling overwhelmed.
Before we delve into details though, have you ever wondered why this deep clean of your house is only Spring cleaning and not Summer?
Well, according to Wikipedia and the Encyclopaedia Britannica, it is as old as 3000 years. It was a Persian (or today’s Iran) tradition, that would celebrate Nowruz, or simply the end of winter and the presence of longer days.
Okay, before I start writing a whole post about the story of spring cleaning, let’s go into the actual details.
You may see that is is very similar to other famous organisers out there, but let’s face it, there’s only so many different ways.
And I don’t mean your journey to Ikea. I mean, plan how you want to tackle the different rooms and give yourself a realistic time frame. If you work during the week, try not to give yourself big tasks. But also try not to give yourself tasks too big for the weekend, you ultimately want to relax too!
I normally make a list that goes room by room first, and then fill it in my calendar. My advice is to try and tackle a room a week. This will give you time to see if you may need more time to do what you actually want to achieve.
Remember that some things, like cleaning your outside windows may have to be postponed because of the weather.
Lay everything in front of you.
Especially when you tackle wardrobes and drawers. This will give you a chance to actually realise all that you own and bid farewell to items you haven’t seen in years. (Like that IKEA apple cutter that looked cute at the store – it’s probably been sitting there for years).
The key here is to not be too sentimental about things. If they are completely worn out, let them go. Yes, I still hold onto things because of sentimental reasons. Though, are they really that sentimental?
Also, be ruthless with clothes. If you have left the tag on, then it’s time to donate it. If you haven’t worn things, because you haven’t seen them, there may be other items that could be “made redundant”. You get the gist.
Re-Organise with a plan.
This is very simple: before you reorganise thinks of a couple of things:
- How can I maximise the space I have?
- What items need to be of easy access?
- Is that the right place?
Think ahead about what you may need, because you may need to pop to the store to buy some bits. I am talking about boxes/dividers for your wardrobe and drawers, putting your books in two lines or horizontally; small boxes or acrylic drawers for your small bits..you get the gist.
But mostly and very importantly:
Give each “category” their own spot.
Or, as I like to say, give everything a home. There is nothing worse than putting your first aid in a hidden space where you cannot reach. So when you really need it, you can’t access it swiftly.
This is why planning your day is important. So that if you have to move things from where they currently live you have enough time to fully complete the “op”.
Giving everything a home will also make it easier for you to remember where things live and make movements easier.
If you need, label your boxes.
Are you worried to forget where your things are? Give it a label. Honestly, the best day of work I had was when we got a free cheap labeller at work. Even my boss laughed when he saw it.
Call me a freak, but oh is life so much easier when things have a label on them.
And last but not least, keep the cleanup!
This is the most important, yet the hardest part. Keeping up all the work you have done during your Spring Cleaning is essential.
It avoids you having to do such a big clean again and it makes life easier in so many ways.
That is all! Do you have any spring cleaning tips yourself? I hope mine where useful!