Spring is here! Consistently voted as America’s most favorite season, the warmer weather and outdoor fun puts an extra pep in our step and song in our hearts! And while sunshine and daffodils can make everyone burst out in song, the need to clean isn’t always met with such enthusiasm.
According to What is spring cleaning and why do we do it?, spring cleaning comes from, “…the days when homes were heated by fireplaces, and efforts were made to prevent heat from escaping. The coming of spring and warm weather was an opportunity to air the house and clean it of soot and all the grime accumulated over the winter months…Another reason for cleaning taking place in spring is that warmer weather and longer days work as a stimulant for a lot of people to become more active.”
Though spring cleaning is ingrained to be a part of our annual routine, it’s definitely not an aspect of the year we particularly enjoy. In fact, one recent survey found that 66 percent of Americans feel stressed and overwhelmed by a dirty home, with clutter being the number one anxiety-inducer. If you’re ready to clean up and clear out this spring, but feel a bit overwhelmed by doing so, these 3 simple tips can help.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your mess, so why are you trying to tackle everything at once?
If you try to take on your entire home (cleaning and de-cluttering) in one day, you are going to become paralyzed by sheer thought of the work at hand. Instead of doing it all, break your home up into segments, by room and location (closet, dresser, etc) to tend to each area individually. Use a cleaning schedule to keep yourself on track, and in as little as one week, you will see a world of improvement.
Donate and discard belongings you no longer need, getting rid of excess items we all seem to hold on to (otherwise known as JUNK)!
As you come across items you no longer have use for but feel someone else may, consider donating them to your local Salvation Army or another non-profit. Some organizations will even come to your home for a scheduled pick up! If the item is not in the best condition to donate, and you don’t have an actual plan or purpose for it, get rid of it and don’t look back! You’ll be shocked by the amount of space you have within your home once you do!
If your home is genuinely too small to fit some larger ticket items, renting a local self-storage unit is always an option.
With more and more people choosing to live small, finding space to store seasonal decor, sports equipment or camping gear can be a real challenge. Instead of trying to fit these items inside of your garage, closet or attic, consider renting a self storage unit nearby. With 24-7 security, climate control and drive-up access, you can rest assured your items will be safe, secure and accessible.
Remember, cleaning up your home and clearing out your clutter is not something that should only take place once a year. Keeping your space organized and neat is supposed to be continuous, so sort through belongings and clean your home (even if it’s just for a few minutes) each and every day. When you do, spring cleaning won’t be a part of the year you dread, but a normal part of any season that you embrace.
By sticking to a cleaning schedule, utilizing storage to maximize space, and getting rid of items you don’t need, your home will be clutter-free and organized, and stay that way!
Wishing you a Happy Spring!