The birds are once again taunting my cat Midnight from the window, and flowers are in full bloom. It must be springtime again. Which means spring cleaning!
Most of you have already taken advantage of this time to begin decluttering your home, or switching out your winter items. Whether you’ve just gotten started or are a little overwhelmed by the current state of your home (or both) do not fret!
I’m going to show you how to divide and conquer your home no matter how big or small! I’ve created a printable list of tasks for each of the major rooms to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you on your spring cleaning adventure:
You probably won’t get it all done in one day.
It will take more than one day to get your home clean. Consider setting aside an entire weekend to spend on just cleaning your home. Ruth Soukup at Living Well Spending Less has a great post about how to prepare for a weekend purge. She suggests cleaning rooms in 90-minute increments to get the whole house clean in one weekend.
However, if you live in a smaller space such as an apartment, you might be able to clean your entire home in a day. Personally, I find it easier to tackle one area of the house at a time. I split up the house by room and focus on a single room at a time.
Plan easy meals for cleaning days.
If you know you are going to be cleaning all day, you probably aren’t going to want to spend an hour or more preparing dinner afterward. Plan for easy meals with easy cleanup for these days. If possible, have your dinner prepared ahead of time so you can just toss it in the oven when you’re ready to eat.
Once it’s clean, keep it that way.
You’ve spent hours tidying up your home, perhaps even days. Don’t let your home sink back into the mess it once was! When you’re done using something, put it away (I’m horrible with this one). Continue to keep your clothes off the floor and your sink free of dirty dishes, even after you’re done cleaning.