The birds are starting to chirp and the sunshine is starting to peek out from the clouds. Allegies have started up and that also means Springtime is here. While we are socially distancing indoors, now more than ever, is a perfect time to really deep clean your home.
It's ok if your home still feels like it has the winter blues and needs a deep detox. Spring cleaning allows you to spruce up your home and jump start on the spring and summer seasons. A clean home will lower stress levels, help you sleep better, allow you to be more productive, and should be your sanctuary space for you and your loved ones throughout the year.
Clean By Room
This is the most effective way to deep-clean your home at any time of the year, but especially in spring. Use checklists for each room, cabinet, closet, etc as a starting point for deep-cleaning. Know that some areas of your home will require extra attention. Put more focus on the parts of your home that have been neglected all winter long.
Organize + Clear Clutter
Time to detox your home and rid it of excess clutter that you don't need. Now is a good time to advantage of the natural spring urge to get rid of items that are weighing you down and begin fresh, streamlined lifestyle. Use a thoughtful approach to identifying problems, analyzing reasons, finding solutions, and implementing remedies to be productive and reach your goals. Sort items into categories like trash, donation, storage, or put-way.
Involve Your Family
Make this a fun time for you and your family. Create lists for each member to tack a different project, focus on their own spaces, and come together to complete the job in less time on your own. Play some music or establish a reward as an incentive. Turn this into a learning experience for your children by having them help you and create a sense of responsibility.
Tackle Seasonal Chores
Some cleaning is in fact, seasonal. We ignore them for most of the fall and winter, but now it is time to bite the bullet and complete those projects. Even though these chores only need to be done once or twice a year, they will help your home run look better and run smoothly. This might be anything outdoors like patios or windows and can be a little intimidating, but taking the weekend to complete them will make your home feel fresh and ready for Spring.
Keep Cleaning Products to a Minimum
You don't always need chemicals to clean your spaces. You can use natural items in your home like vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, etc to clean your spaces for a less toxic way of life. You can make your own or purchase natural plant-based products that are safe around children and pets and better for the environment. Pro-tip:tissue paper (like you would use to stuff a gift bag) and all purpose cleaner is great to wipe down windows, glass, and counter tops for a streak free finish!
Create New Cleaning Habits
A good Spring cleaning that includes the whole house is a great time to establish new ways to clean. Stay consistent, simple 15-minute cleanup routines practiced every few days, each including a series of one- to two-minute chores, can make it easier to keep your home clean and tidy all year long. We know life catches up to us, but a little will go a long way when done on a cadence. The time Spring rolls around, it won't take you as long to seasonally sweep and clean your home for a hot and healthy life.
Change Your Life by changing your cleaning routine and habits.