Whether or not you’ve actually done it, spring cleaning is backed up by centuries of tradition. Many cultures bring a spring cleaning period into their yearly rhythms. For all cultures, the kickoff for spring cleaning is marked by longer days and more sun.
As sunlight hours increase, our bodies produce less melatonin, helping us feel more awake after months of cozy winter slowness. We also have more daylight to accomplish tasks we’ve been putting off.
Even if spring cleaning isn’t part of your personal yearly traditions, you can start now.
With so many blogs, books, and shows promoting organization, resources with ideas are everywhere. Keep reading to learn about our favorite spring cleaning strategies.
The most important step is knowing where to start. Take a walk around your house and decide what needs attention first.
If you’re a list-maker, you can write down your plan of attack. (Or you can just follow the messy vibes.) Knowing your focus makes it easier to jump in and get the work done.
You can also make a list of which days you want to accomplish certain tasks. Choosing just one room, drawer, or cupboard that you want to clean each day can make the entire process less overwhelming. The important thing is that you are moving forward!
It’s hard to clean when you don’t have what you need.
Make sure any cleaning tools or chemicals you need are in an easy-to-find place. It can be helpful to have a caddy or bucket that you can bring from room to room.
Make sure you have what you need, but don’t go overboard. It’s easy to turn a need for supplies into a shopping trip or a reason to procrastinate.
Don’t fall into that trap!
If you don’t have what you need to deep clean today, you don’t have to wait to get started. You can still put items away or, better yet, find items to get rid of.
Most of us don’t have the time or the desire to go on a cleaning rampage. We have limited time and many responsibilities. (But if you’re a person who works well by focusing and cleaning all day, more power to you!)
For the rest of us, setting a timer can be an effective way to get your spring cleaning done, a little bit at a time. Choose an area to clean and a set amount of time (we suggest starting with just 15-20 minutes). Get your timer going and then work hard until it goes off.
Go back to the same area each day with your same timer strategy until it’s clean. Only then is it time to move on to the next part of your home.
Bit by bit, the mess will disappear.
Having a clean home is its own reward, but building some kind of treat into the process always helps. Here are some ways to treat yourself:
Just be cautious about buying yourself something as a cleaning reward.
Often, having too much stuff is the reason our homes get out of hand in the first place. Try to find some other way to pat yourself on the back.
Scientific research shows that making our dreaded tasks into games can help us be more productive and motivated. There are many apps available that reward users for their accomplishments by letting them progress in a game or giving them a virtual gold star.
You don’t need an app to gamify your spring cleaning, however. There are dozens of analog ways to make cleaning into a fun challenge. Here are a few of our favorites.
Brackets are everywhere in the spring, and you can use them to motivate yourself even after the March Madness finals. Download a bracket and fill it out. There are a number of ways you could apply this to spring cleaning:
The ultimate challenge winner gets to decide where everyone goes out for dinner or a treat.
Sometimes, we have so much stuff it’s hard to know where to put it or keep our spaces clean. With the 4-Box Technique, you’ll take four boxes into a room and label them:
Go through the space and categorize all the items that don’t belong in that space (the ones that do belong can be put away immediately).
The trick here is to make sure you deal with your four boxes right away. Don’t let boxes pile up in your home.
Put the stuff you’re keeping in the right place:
For days when you’re overwhelmed or short on time, the 21-Item Toss is the perfect way to get a little bit of decluttering done in as little as 5 minutes.
Grab a garbage bag—or one of the plastic grocery bags so many of us stow under the sink. Walk through your home and find 21 things to throw away. You can gamify it by timing yourself.
Don’t think too hard—if you don’t use it or need it, out it goes!
If you feel like you can’t deal with your home situation on your own, Bio-One has your back. Our discreet team of compassionate, expert cleaners can help you with your home situation—no mess is too big.
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Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start and a good old-fashioned spring clean out. Not sure where to begin? We've got your back! Here at Bio-One Of Oceanside, we have a long history of successful residential clean outs, from hoarders who need assistance getting their homes orderly again, to regular homeowners just looking for efficient deep cleaning.
Read on for our top four tips for making your home ready for that powerful spring declutter!
As you settle back into your home, have you ever considered taking a look around and assessing what you truly need? By taking inventory of all the items in your home, you can make informed decisions on what you really need and what can be decluttered.
It's easy to accumulate possessions over time, but it's important to assess what truly brings value to your life. So, take a moment to breathe, grab a notebook, and start categorizing your belongings. And don't worry, this doesn't mean you have to get rid of everything, keeping only the essentials can make room for more meaningful experiences in your life.
Do you find yourself spending valuable time searching for things that should be right at your fingertips? It's time to create a system for organizing your belongings and establishing a designated place for everything. Not only will this save you time and frustration in the future, but it will also give you a sense of control over your surroundings.
Start by categorizing your items and determining the best storage solutions for each group. Incorporate labels and color coding to make finding things even easier. Remember, getting organized doesn't have to be overwhelming. Take it one step at a time and soon you'll be enjoying the benefits of a clutter-free space.
Why not consider donating or recycling items that you no longer need? Not only will you free up valuable space, but you'll also be doing something good for the environment and potentially helping someone in need. By donating items such as clothing or household goods and electronics, you can make a positive impact on someone's life. And for items that can't be donated, recycling is always a great option.
Cleaning up can be a daunting task, but with the right approach, it can become efficient and easy to manage. Before diving straight into the spring clean out, consider doing a deep clean of your space first. This simple step can make all the difference as it helps clear out any dust, dirt, or grime that may have accumulated over time.
Plus, a clean space can make the cleaning less overwhelming and more manageable. Take the time to wipe down surfaces, vacuum spaces, and tidy up before embarking on your spring clean out journey. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!
All in all, decluttering your home is a great way to start fresh and reduce the amount of stress you feel from being surrounded by clutter. It can take a little effort but it’s well worth it in the end. Bio-One Of Oceanside wants to remind our readers that clutter is not garbage and should be treated with respect.
We make sure to exercise this practice during every step of our cleaning process as we want to make sure each job leaves the space better than we found it. A spring clean out can be made easier with an organized plan and supporting friends or family members. So if you feel like tackling your home, don’t hesitate to call us!
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