Guide to Spring Cleaning

March 16, 2015

I feel like I am doing a lot of spring related post, but I have no shame. Spring is just a wonderful time of the year, and I can't help but share my excitement. I don't know about you, but I love spring cleaning. From a person who cleans her room daily, having a clean house is the best feeling. This week's post will be all about cleaning and organization. One of the things that makes us procrastinate on this is the time consumption. Spring cleaning does usually take up a lot of my time during spring break. Spring break should be a time to enjoy and have fun with those surrounding you. Here a few of the tips I have picked up from spring cleaning in the past few years.
1. Start in the room you are in the most. For me, I hang out in my room the most. Whether this room is your bedroom, kitchen, or living room, I would recommend you start there. Because that's where you lounge at the most, you will feel more clean and organized already.
2. Spray, wash, repeat. Get out your Windex and wash all the mirrors and windows in your house. It will surprise you how much gunk has accumulated.
3. Tackle the closet. Your closet is most likely one of the messiest places in your room. Morning can be a bit rough, so you just throw all your clothes into that one corner in your closet. When I clean, I make a mess first. Don't be afraid to do that. Take out everything in your closet. When I say everything, I mean everything. Once everything is out of your closet, put everything into piles. Separate your tops, sweaters, skirts, pants, bags, shoes, and anything else in your closet. We all have that one sweater that we always pass up wearing but never bother to throw out. Go through everything and ask yourself, "Will I wear this again next year? Have I even worn it?" I know it can be hard to let some of these things go, but in the end it is worth it. Why not serve the community as you are cleaning? Separate your piles into keep, donate, and throw out. Donate any clothing or accessories that is still in good condition to your local consignment shops or thrift stores.
4. De-clutter the kitchen mess. Kitchens and dining rooms can get quite messy with all the meals we make and eat. If you have white counter tops like me, wash them with bleach. If you are like me and always spill your fruit punch, you might have a few stains. Wash the table and don't forget the floors. I know mopping can be a hassle, but it's just something you have to do.
5. Take a break. You are almost half way done. Don't overstress yourself and not reward yourself with some ice cream and Netflix. 
6. Jam out to some music while vacuuming. The sound that vacuums make just frustrate me so much! Even the quiet vacuums make my ears scream. Put on your headphones and play your favorite playlist. While it won't completely tune out the vacuum sound, it will distract you from it.
7. Dusting is your best friend. We often forget about all the high places we can't reach or see on our own. I love taking a lemon-scented dusting spray and going at it. There is nothing better than a fresh smelling house just from doing that little task. 
8. Pretend you are in a Febreeze commercial. Am I the only one who does this? Your house is partially clean but never feels it without a refreshing scent. You can either light a few candles in the house, spray down everything with Febreeze, or why not do both?!
9. Mask up. It's time for the bathroom. There's nothing I dread more than tackling the bathroom. Turn up your music and put on your gloves. Take off everything on your counter and everything in the shower. I tend to accumulate a couple of empty bottles. Throw those out, and you automatically have more space.
10. Since you have thrown out a lot of stuff, make sure to make a list of what you need. Go through your clothing and see what spring and summer clothing you need for this year. Make sure to put all the basics on your list. I am always running low of conditioner and contact solution and never bother to get them before they run out. Pick up all the things you know you will be running low of soon. Also, if you want to tidy up any small spaces in your house, put 'small containers/organizers' on your list. 

I hope some of these tips help you out. I wanted to help you out a little more, so I created the ultimate spring cleaning check list. Yes, it is a little overwhelming, but you can easily split up everything into half. 

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