Spring is here, which means it’s time for another annual cleaning ritual.
Spring cleaning is a perfect opportunity to declutter your home, but it’s also a good excuse to declutter your mind.
Decluttering your home and mind can be good for your physical and mental health. Here are some spring cleaning tips to help you get started:
- Take care of the small stuff first
Start with the easy stuff. First, wash your dishes, then make your bed, fold the laundry and clean out the refrigerator. It’ll be easier to tackle bigger projects when you’ve already gotten a few things done. You’ll also feel more productive, which will motivate you to continue tidying up.
- Do a deep clean of your rooms
Begin in the bathroom by scrubbing the toilet and shower, then move on to the kitchen by wiping down the counters, cabinets and appliances. Finally, tackle each room in your home by dusting furniture and vacuuming carpets or sweeping floors. Make sure you hit all those hard-to-reach places like ceiling fans and light fixtures.
- Don’t do it alone
Get some friends or family members together to work on related tasks at the same time. While each person has their own area they’re working on, you can still support each other and keep each other accountable.
- Create an outdoor space that inspires you
Depending on where you live, having an outdoor space may not always be possible — but if you have access to a balcony or patio, take advantage of it and try to create an outdoor space that inspires you. Add plants that remind you of nature or landscapes from somewhere else.
Tackle one area at a time and start small. Focus on one room or area of your house before moving on to the next. Then, decide which items should be kept, donated, recycled, or tossed.
- Give yourself a deadline
Decide how long you’ll spend organizing each area of your house and stick to it. Don’t spend too much time in any one room or you’ll lose motivation and never finish the job!