As spring comes around again, the snow starts to melt, and flowers begin to bloom. This time of new beginnings is also the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning. There are many good reasons to give your living space a deep cleanse. Knowing where to start your cleaning can be difficult though. We want you to enjoy all the benefits that come from cleaning and decluttering your space, so we’ve got some tips and tricks to get you in the spring cleaning mood.
Setting Spring Cleaning Goals
If you aren’t someone who loves cleaning, finding the motivation to start your spring cleaning can be the most difficult part. To help get you started, think about what you might want to achieve by cleaning. Do you want to declutter your home? Is there one hard-to-reach area that you don’t clean regularly? Like with anything you may want to achieve in life, finding and setting a goal can make accomplishing tasks a lot easier. Consider breaking down bigger projects so that you can chip away at them without becoming overwhelmed. Having a spring cleaning list will give you items to check off as you finish them and help the process feel rewarding up until you’re finished.
Dedicate Time to Spring Cleaning
Even if you do love cleaning, it may be a challenge to get started because of your hectic schedule. Try setting aside a few minutes a day that you can dedicate just to cleaning. Scheduling 20 minutes a day is easier to manage than feeling like you have to give up your whole day. You can set a timer or create a playlist to help you track your time. Once that time is up, give yourself permission to be done cleaning for the day.
Have a Playlist to Get You Moving
Music can be a powerful tool for motivation, setting the mood, and productivity. A good playlist can make rush hour fly by, power you through a workout, and can turn cleaning into a party. Whether you find a playlist online or create your own, playing music that you love and excites you can help you be more productive and get you through your spring cleaning checklist.
Don’t be Afraid to Declutter
It can often be hard to part ways with belongings. Some are tied to memories, others may be useful at some point, or you may feel guilty about getting rid of something. Whatever apprehensions you may have about decluttering, it’s important to consider the amount of space you have available and whether you really need to keep certain objects. Take the time to go through your items and ask yourself some questions like:
- When was the last time I used this?
- Would I buy this item again?
- Would it impact my life to not have this?
- Do I have a similar item I like better?
- Could this item be better used by someone else?
Based on your answers, decide on whether or not to keep the items. If you choose to get rid of something, there are a handful of options. You can completely throw something out, sell the item, or find a local charity or location to donate the item to.
Get the Family Involved
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a job for one person. Getting the whole family involved can be a great way to spend time together and help make the process faster. When it comes to involving the kids, there are all kinds of ways to make cleaning fun! Making cleaning a game, a dance party or a contest can help keep them actively involved and on the task at hand.
From decluttering to deep cleaning, spring is the perfect time to get your living space in top shape. If you’d rather clean alone or need help finding time to do your spring cleaning, the Y is here to help! We offer daily childcare services and a wide variety of activities to help entertain and develop your little ones. Contact us today to learn more about our wide variety of programs.