Guest Post by: Kaitlin Krull of Modernize
After the dark, cold days of winter pass and the weather finally begins to take a turn for the better, most homeowners start to think about warm spring afternoons spent relaxing and entertaining. Unfortunately, one thing stands in between you and your daydreams: spring cleaning. If you’re anything like us over at Modernize, your spring cleaning to-do list is a mile long and full of tasks that seem impossible to tackle. Well, we are here to tell you that you can do it, and it’s not as difficult as it might seem. Here are some tips to help you organize and spring clean your way through to summer.
Tackle your home room by room
When you feel overwhelmed about all the spring cleaning jobs you have ahead of you, it’s best to take it one task at a time. We recommend splitting your to-do list into rooms, so that you feel a sense of accomplishment after completing each space. Start with high traffic areas such as your home’s entryway, the living room, and the kitchen, concentrating on one task at a time in order to achieve the best results. Make sure to complete an entire room before moving on to the next, or else you risk missing important organization and cleaning jobs.
Love it or leave it
The first step in your room-by-room spring clean should be organization. The best and most efficient way to go about organizing your belongings is a love-it-or-leave-it approach. As you’ve seen time and again on Space to Spare, a sort-purge-organize method works like a charm for virtually everything you own. Sort your stuff into piles according to what you want to keep, donate, throw away, and recycle, purge your home of the donations, trash, and recyclables, and organize the rest. Remember that it is 2016, so unless they are something you truly love and want to have as keepsakes or special memories, it might be time to let some of your ancient things go.
Clean as you go
Before moving on from any one space, remember to clean everything thoroughly during the organization process. Take the time now to move furniture, sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming underneath and behind larger pieces. Clean all surfaces, wipe down the insides of drawers and storage units, remove cobwebs from corners, and clean skirting boards and other dusty wall surfaces. Finally, if you haven’t done so since your last spring clean, it’s probably a good idea to wash or steam clean your upholstery, curtains, and other textiles. We promise you that your effort now will be worth it in the long run.
Get ready for summer
Remember that summer is just around the corner, so in addition to cleaning and organizing your home, begin to think about the changing seasons. Place winter clothing and accessories into storage and take out summer items to save yourself time later on. During your regular spring cleaning tasks, spend a little extra time in your mudroom, laundry room, and entryway, since these areas will inevitably see increased use in the summer months. Finally, clean all your windows, both inside and out. If you have time and energy to spare, now would be a great time to think about tackling the exterior of your home (including power washing your siding, dealing with lawns and landscaping, and tidying up your outdoor entertaining areas).
If a particular task seems too much of a hassle to you, we have one recommendation: don’t put it off! That extra elbow grease takes time but will set you in good stead for the summer, or at least for the next few months!