01 of 05
Get Organized with a Spring Cleaning Timeline
When someone says, "spring cleaning" to me, I automatically think of a commercial I must have seen years ago for laundry detergent. The actress in the commercial is talking about a "fresh spring clean scent" while very dramatically making up a bed: the sheets fly in the air before a soft landing on the mattress. In reality, spring cleaning means taking the time to deep clean your home.
So you know you have to spring clean--or at least, you want to Spring Clean. But maybe you are not sure:
- What... that entails.
- Where to begin.
- What you need.
This guide will answer those questions for you and wrap everything together in a timeline.
---> Week 1: Gathering SuppliesContinue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Week 1: Gather Your Spring Cleaning Supplies
1) The first steps in any project are to plot out when you will tackle each step, and gather the supplies you need in order to accomplish the task. You don’t want to have to drop everything and run out for more garbage bags or a recycling bin. Gather them now, and store them together until you are ready to begin. In order to spring clean your home, you will need the following:
___ Calendar to plot out which spaces you will tackle and when
___ Garbage Bags
___ Label Marker, or,
2) Make sure your cleaning supplies actually work. Is your vacuum working? Do you need extra bags? Is your broom filthy? Do you have rags to wipe down surfaces? Get everything in order this week.
3) Is there anything that you cannot clean yourself? Make those appointments this week. Book a window washer, bring your drapes to the dry cleaner, drop your large comforters off at the laundry mat.
4) If you feel you need some support and motivation to get this done--and who doesn't? it's a big job--then join the Facebook Group.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
Week 2: Spring Clean Storage Spaces
Your instinct will be to begin with your most highly-trafficked areas like your kitchen and living room. Don’t! Begin your spring cleaning with your storage spaces like hall closets, the garage and the basement. This way as you clean and organize other space, your stuff has somewhere to go.
Goal: The goal in each space is to assess the space, remove as much clutter as possible through donating, recycling or trashing, and then assess your storage. Do you need more storage containers? Do you need a... storage solution to group items together?
___ Junk Drawers
___ Linen Closet
___ Utility or storage closets
___ Basement + Attic
The goals is to clear these areas before you start cleaning and organized your shared and personal spaces. This way if you identify items that need to be stored, you already have room for them.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
Weeks 3 & 4: Spring Clean Your Shared Spaces
Now that the storage spaces are clear (or, clearer) move onto your shared spaces. These are the major high-traffic areas of your household.
Goal: Declutter, deep clean, refresh supplies. This is just like doing a yearly check in with spaces you rarely see: the back of your freezer, the space behind your couch. Toss the junk, move furniture so you can deep clean and
___ Living room
___ Dining room
Be armed and ready with your cleaning supplies, your garbage bags... and you labeler for anything that need to be cleaned, trashed or stored.
Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Week 5: Spring Clean Personal Spaces
Now it’s time to dive into your personal spaces. These are the spaces you use work and live.
Goal: Clear clutter, assess your systems, store the items you no longer need right out in front of you everyday.
___ Home office
___ Paper, Mail + Documents
These are the items that deserve a little extra time: papers, books, jewelry.