The days are longer, nights are brighter, and our houses seem to be messier. The joy of springtime! Believe it or not, I LOVE to get started on my spring cleaning because I have a fool-proof system in place. I love to de-clutter year after year because every Spring I feel like my house is about to burst from all the stuff I’ve collected from the past year. If you’re getting ready to start your spring cleaning but have no idea where to start, I’m sharing my favorite tips to master spring cleaning for any home.
Know Where to Start
Sit down and think about some of your biggest frustrations when it comes to your home’s organization. Do you have a lot of boxes full of stuff you never use? Maybe you have one junk drawer too many? Do you feel like your house is never clean because of clutter? Narrow down your biggest struggles and if you have a lot, try to limit it to maybe the top 3-5 issues. This will help you see the biggest difference after you’re done spring cleaning.
Make a List
Once you’ve narrowed down what you want to work on, make a list! I prefer to make a list for each room in my house and what I need to do. Whether that’s deep cleaning, organizing, or a little bit of everything, write out every single thing you want to do. When you’re done doing that, then you can allocate time for each task and make a realistic schedule to get it all done!
Take Everything Out
Once you know what areas you need to organize and declutter, it’s time to take EVERYTHING out! Yep, I know sounds like the worst thing ever, but it’s absolutely necessary to make a difference in your daily life. Take everything out of that junk drawer or overflowing closet so you can go through it piece by piece!
Sort it Out
I usually make 4 categories for things I’m sorting through. I sort these items into things I’m keeping, things I’m throwing away, things I’m donating, and things that belong somewhere else. This allows the process to be much neater and I go through it quicker.
Get Used to Labeling
Once you’ve decided what you want to keep, create a labeling system that works for you. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but something that will work for you and your family. I love to color code and organize my miscellaneous items with different color postcards. This helps me keep things organized and keep the mess to a minimum.
Organize Your Shelves
Now that you’ve taken everything out, sorted out what you want to keep and labeled them correctly, it’s time to put them away. I recommend placing things with other like objects. I keep all my craft boxes together, all my accessories, etc. That way you’re not digging through a bunch of random stuff when you’re trying to find something specific!
Staying organized doesn’t have to be a full-time job, no matter how much stuff you have! If you stay on top of the clutter, you’ll find it’s easier to manage before it gets out of hand. What are some of your favorite ways to master spring cleaning? Let us know in the comments below!