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If you’re feeling overwhelmed about Spring Cleaning, don’t be!
Stay positive and take your time tackling your house especially if you have a big house like me (and a crazy puppy who loves to destroy it haha).
This is technically my first-time doing a thorough Spring cleaning but I do have some experience with Spring Cleaning my sorority house (a lot of life lessons taught here). Plus, if you count the mild case of OCD, organizing is second nature to me… But cleaning, on the other hand, it just…
But you have to change your mindset and focus on the prize at the end. Organize your thoughts, prioritize what you want to accomplish, and then start checking them off one-by-one.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Keep reading to find out how to simplify your deep cleaning routine with these 6 painless tips!
Sort & Donate Old Clothes (Or Sell Them!)
Sis, stop holding onto all of those old t-shirts with holes in them and those jeans that you’ll fit back into “one day” (it may happen but let’s live for today with the clothes we can fit now)!
I know I’m guilty of this, but we have to get rid of the old and bring in the new! Also, as your style changes and your closet grows fuller, you wear certain clothes less and they become kind of lost in the dark abyss of clothing you’ve acquired (never to be worn again).
Make more space for even more fun and fashionable clothes that fit you and your style by doing a little sorting and donating of your old clothes. You can donate at a local church or a clothing/shoe drop-off bin normally in shopping centers and grocery store parking lots (they’re huge so you can’t miss ‘em).
Or if you have the patience, try selling your clothes that are still in good condition at online consignment shops like Poshmark, Shopify, ThredUp, and even your local thrift store! Why not give your clothes to people who need them and get paid while doing it? (ya don’t have to tell me twice!)
Get Rid of Clutter
Before we even start on why you need to get rid of clutter, let’s begin with the actual definition so there’s no confusion…
Clutter: a collection of things lying about in an untidy mess.
Soooo (*clears throat dramatically*), I interpret this as anything that doesn’t have a designated spot and/or a collection of anything you haven’t touched in over a year (and have probably never looked or thought about it since you bought it).
Start with the collections on your surfaces: desktop, counters, dressers, etc. And then move on to more complex areas as you tackle those small ones. For example, inside of your drawers, cabinets, closets, basements, garages, attics, etc.
Gradually clean each area (progressing to larger areas of clutter as you go) and space them out between each day if you can. Start by demolishing the mess gathered on your surfaces on Monday then moving on to the chaos in your cabinets on Tuesday, etc., etc.
You don’t have to declutter all in one day!
Hire a Maid to Deep Clean
So, I bought a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house and boy, oh boy…is she a b**** to clean! Don’t get me wrong, I am SO grateful for my beautiful home but that doesn’t mean I enjoy cleaning it (sometimes it takes me 4+ hours)!
If you’re on a budget or just don’t feel comfortable with having strangers walk around your house, then I suggest tackling different parts of your cleaning on different days just like you did when you went through your clutter.
For example, wipe down your surfaces and vacuum on Monday, clean your bathrooms on Tuesday, clean the kitchen on Wednesday, do laundry on Thursday, and so on and so forth. Split up your work so you don’t get burnt out.
Do whatever is manageable for you (no need to keep up with the Stepford Wives here, sis). Trying to knock it out will completely overwhelm you and you won’t want to do any more cleaning for the rest of the day (or week lol).
Side note: This is a deep clean so really take the time to also clean the your doorknobs, baseboards, and inside of your appliances aka your fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, washer/dryer, etc.
Clean Your Carpet (Not Just Vacuum)
Take it a step further than vacuuming and rent a carpet cleaner or hire a service if that’s what works for you! We had our carpets professionally cleaned before we moved in and it honestly was the best experience because:
- it wasn’t expensive,
- the drying time was shortened from 24 hours to about 2 hours,
- and we didn’t have to do it ourselves (just being honest)!
After cleaning your carpets, they feel so soft, look brighter/ not dingy, and obvious smell clean! When cleaning the carpets yourself you may get obsessed with looking at all the dirt the machine sucks up but also a little disgusted… So clean your carpets and clean ‘em often!
Side note: Remember to replace your vacuum bags and filters and/or clean them during your deep clean (especially if you’ve been slacking throughout the year). It’ll give you a way more thorough cleaning by picking up more dirt and debris before you “wash” your carpets!
Switch Up Your Décor
Subtle changes in your overall décor is one of the easiest ways to “spring clean” or transition your home from winter to Spring by using more uplifting colors! Inspire your happy-go-lucky self and deck out your space with some fun furnishings!
Toss out the dark colors and introduce greens, yellows, whites, pinks, and blues. Whatever speaks to you! You don’t have to break the bank here, just subtle changes in pillows, blankets, and decorative items (i.e. coffee table décor, book shelves, etc.) will be enough to transform your home.
Also, don’t forget to replace your outside doormat (ours definitely took a beating from the weather this year) and change out the ones inside to help spruce up the place!
Introduce Some Fresh “Smell Goods”
Bring the scents of Spring inside of your home! The easiest and most obvious way to do this is by lighting some candles, vibing out with an incense, heating up scented wax melts, or diffusing essential oils! Click here to check out my favorite Spring and Summer diffusing blends for your own pleasure.
The possibilities nowadays are endless, so your choice is ultimately up to you. Try something new and go for it!!
Maybe even go the extra mile and become a plant mama by bringing living plants and flowers into your domain #IndoorGardening! Start small if you’ve never gardened before so you can focus on growing a few plant babies at a time.
Plants and flowers create inexpensive, bright décor and add fresh, inviting scents to really make you feel like your house is super clean (y’all know that clean house smell? Yup, that’s I’m talking about).
Please remember, the major key to spring cleaning is to pace yourself! Take a week to dedicate to deep cleaning and separate tasks throughout the day so you’re not overwhelmed.
Deep cleaning is guaranteed to make you feel healthier, cleaner, livelier, and all around better just because you can now cross “deep cleaning” off of your adulting checklist (this is no small feat so clap yourself on the back, woooo)!!!
What do you think is the hardest part of cleaning your house? What is your least favorite part of the house to clean (mine is always the bathroom **insert lots of eye rolling here**)?