Spring cleaning may seem daunting, but we’ve got you covered with 3 tips for every room in your home. And we mean every room.
It’s tempting to crack the door, toss the box of seasonal decorations into the darkness, and go on your merry way, but you’ll thank yourself later for getting organized.
- Declutter. If you forgot you owned it and don’t need it–toss, donate, or sell it.
- Dust, sweep, and vacuum.
- Organize. Depending on your attic space, install storage solutions like shelving, flooring, or rafter hooks to get your belongings in order and out of miscellaneous piles of mystery items.
Where everything that’s too big for the attic ends up. It’s slightly less scary, but…was that a mouse?!
- On second thought, just ask your husband, cousin, son, or anyone-who-isn’t-you to do this.
- If pawning it off on someone else isn’t an option, start by trashing everything you don’t need.
- Like the attic, find some storage solutions and get your remaining items off of the floor.
- Clear the floor and countertops.
- Dust, sweep, and scrub every surface from top to bottom. This includes washing the shower curtain!
- Use your preferred cleaning solution on the sinks, shower, tub, and toilet.
- Strip and wash all of your linens. Yes, even the mattress pad, curtains, and rugs.
- Flip the mattress.
- Sweep under the bed. Even if this means removing and organizing years’ worth of “shove-it-under-the-bed-and-deal-with-it-later” clutter.
- If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.
- Buy a shoe rack or over-the-door shoe hanger. Get ‘em off the floor!
- Hang clothes by color or season. Just know where to find your green sweater when you need it.
- Dust the fine china you never use and move along.
- Assess what needs to be done.
- Ask your Significant Other to do it.
- That’s it.
- Clean out the fridge.
- Purge the pantry.
- Organize the cupboards.
- Short on storage? Add shelving, hooks, drying racks, or a pegboard wall.
- Clear out dust bunnies from the vents, shelves, and under the washer and dryer.
- Deep clean your washer and dryer.
A favorite place for hoarding items that don’t belong…
- Remove every stray sock, Barbie, dog toy, book, etc.
- Fluff all the cushions and pillows (oh, look, it’s that shoe you’ve been looking for since last September).
- Dust off end tables, bookshelves, and the entertainment system.
- Start with the bookshelves. You don’t need to keep every book you’ve ever read.
- Throw out old files and organize the ones you need to hold onto.
- Clear out the desk drawers.
- Enlist the help of the kids. They’re the ones who wreck it, so it’s only fair that they know how to clean it.
- See-through boxes are your friends. Whether they’re board games, hot wheels, or coloring books, you and your kids will know where to find ‘em.
- Teach the kids to let go. Spring cleaning is a great time to rehome toys the kids don’t play with anymore. And toss out the doll with missing limbs. It’s creepy.
- Vacuum or sweep dust out of the corners and edges.
- Use a soapy washcloth to wipe down the railings.
- For obvious reasons, make sure they’re clear of any clutter.