Spring cleaning can be done at any time of the year. If you have been delayed in getting everything done before summer, don’t sweat it. All that matters is that you start now and carry through until every part of your home is shining and happy.
To make your spring cleaning simpler, go in and tackle the three stages one at a time. Here are some best tips for decluttering your home.
Deep Clean Your Home
Deep cleaning your home cannot be done entirely by yourself. Carpets should be deep cleaned; mattresses should be deep cleaned; air ducts should be deep cleaned – there are a lot of areas of your home that require cleaning that you won’t be able to do yourself. The simple reason? The tools necessary to get the job done right are just too expensive and bulky to own yourself.
Declutter Your Home
If there is one project that will make a big impact on the quality and functionality of your home, it is this one. Decluttering your home will help you rediscover what you own, reassess what you need, and help you take better of all of your belongings.
The Decluttering Process
There will be items you find in your home that will make you question why you still have them. These need to finally go. You don’t need to adopt the minimalist approach when going through your items, but you should take stock of what you have, remove what you don’t like or need, and generally just get a good idea of what you have.
If you are unsure of an item, then try using the box method. Put the items you aren’t sure about in a box, and if you don’t touch anything in it for whatever timeframe you place for yourself, for example, three months, then you don’t need what is in that box. This is only for items you aren’t sure if you like or will use. Seasonal items, like decorations, should be exempt. After all, if you start this task in June, then, of course, you aren’t going to use your Halloween decorations in three months.
Find Your Items a Proper Home
There will still be some items that you don’t use every day that shouldn’t be thrown out. Christmas decorations are a big example. That doesn’t mean, however, that they should just hang out or be shoved in whatever crevice you have found. They need a proper home. This could be in your garage after you install shelves, or if you live in a small space like an apartment, it could be in a storage unit you found on StorageArea.com. By designating a proper home for these items they will:
Remain in better condition
Be easier to find
Be easier to store and use when necessary
Repair Your Home
While you deep clean and declutter, take note of any issues or repairs that are needed along the way. Make a list, and once your home is clean and tidy, you will have the space to properly tackle these repair issues. Some can be fixed on your own – for example, tightening your cupboard back into place. Others will need a professional.
You don’t have to get to all the repairs at once. If your windows are drafty and you don’t have the money to fix or replace them, then waiting until you have enough saved is your next best step.