What Spring Cleaning Really Looks Like

As we transition into spring, it’s time to start opening up the windows and packing up the blankets. I do not consider myself to be a pity person at all, I’m convinced that a small family of raccoons are actually living in my dirty clothes pile. However once a year I am able to function as normal person in society and clean my house. Here are a few steps that keep me from becoming a full-time slob.

Organizing Clothes

I often find myself repeating the same outfits because they are in the front of my closet. Moving all the frequently worn clothes, or items from last season into a bin that takes up less space. If those clothes are especially tiring, donate them. This benefits people on a budget and offers more space for whatever needs storage. Pull up items with a new color scheme, or clothes you forgot you had, but will fall in love with all over again.

What to Toss and What to Keep

There are many techniques used to decide what stays and goes. Find what works best, a new trend is Marie Kondo’s “Spark Joy” method: “Only keep what truly sparks joy into your life,” while removing what doesn’t. I admit that I am a hoarder and keep everything I touch throughout the day. So I think about my day-to-day life, and if I’m not using that object at least three times a day, I toss it. There are millions of people who swear to have found the cure to clutter, but to each his own, as long as it’s tidy enough to fit your own needs.

Set a Deadline

Whether it’s the entire house or just one room, nobody is in a hurry to clean, setting a deadline for yourself can help get the job done. Giving yourself 15 minutes per corner will have an entire room done in a little over an hour. Putting aside a full day will help you stay in the zone to give your home the tender loving care it deserves.