Happy spring, from Oh So Clean! I work closely with clients who often feel overwhelmed by such a large spring cleaning list, MOSTLY because they don't know what should be on that list. Spring is one of my favorite times of year because it boasts a natural feeling of renewal, a fresh start, and a new page. I often compare spring cleaning to that feeling of "nesting". When our calendars jump into March, suddenly we notice filthy windows, horrendous baseboards, and walls that are greasy and grimy.
I am here to tell you that you should NOT feel overwhelmed, and that you have all of the tools you need right in front of you.
Before we even discuss our spring cleaning list, here are my simple recommendations you should follow:
1. Do not purchase anything for your spring cleaning session! Often many people, when they feel a good spring cleaning is needed, run to the nearest Target store to buy new throw pillows and blankets, air fresheners, and a Real Simple magazine. It never fails. I have said it before, and I will say it again: NO cleaning or organizing session begins with a shopping trip! Hastily-made decisions over purchases from Target or Home Goods usually result in excess throw pillows . . . and a house that is still not "spring ready".
2. Do not overthink spring cleaning! I want you to know that even if you do not clean your house regularly, it is not magic, and it is not a trick. There is no "right way" to clean. There is, however, a method to the madness. Make a simple list, and stick to it. Do not let your mind wander to some magical spring cleaning land, where they are doing spring cleaning tricks that you will never know about, have never heard about, and will never do. Spring cleaning is not a secret, and it is not hard. It is systematic, and then it is done.
3. Schedule your cleaning, and stick to that schedule! Whether you plan to clean alone or enlist help, it is important to check the weather ahead of time, and schedule your cleaning on a clear, dry day. It will be hard to find energy and motivation if you quickly decide to spring clean your home without preparation. You should not delve into a cleaning project when you are tired, hungry, or unprepared. Plan ahead, and map your plan of attack. Plan on an adequate amount of time for this project. Drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy snacks as you go to stay fueled for this rewarding work. Take breaks to prevent fatigue!
And finally - the list. I have found many spring cleaning checklists, but Martha Stewart nails it with this practical guide to spring cleaning. I especially love the room-by-room instruction - it helps break this large project down to small, achievable tasks.
Jane Steele / Oh So Clean
Jane Steele created Oh So Clean as a way to help others simplify their lives by sorting through clutter. As a registered nurse and mother of three, she found that observing an organized lifestyle made for a happier and healthier family. Jane has been organizing for family and friends for many years - it comes as a natural habit to want to extend her passion beyond her own realm.
Oh So Clean simply allows one the ability to find more personal time, family time, and structure within an otherwise hectic world. Oh So Clean is dedicated to finding simple living solutions for your busy lifestyle.