Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Home Fresh All Year
I'll be the first to admit that the term "spring cleaning" sounds daunting. However, with the insurgence of a minimalist movement and the Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo selling over 6 million copies and sitting on the NYT best-seller list for years; the life hacks surrounding home cleaning have never been more abundant. So, I'm here to give you just a few tips and tricks to easily sneak in some decluttering and how to stick to it from here on out.
First, if the Kondo Method has taught me anything, it's that tackling categories, not rooms, will completely change up the way you declutter your home. "Deal with every single one of your books at once, for example, otherwise, they'll continue to creep from room to room and you'll never rein in the clutter." She also recommends starting with a category that has less sentimental value (might I suggest: cleaning supplies). The "Kondo Method" is especially helpful for organizing your clothing and even gets into how things should be stored... she even has a folding technique.
Second, and potentially most importantly, once your home is clean and organized take small steps every day, yes EVERY DAY, to keep it clean and organized. ElleDecor recently published an article highlighting good-housekeeping tips they received from busy bloggers, working moms, and other busy bees to see what they do to keep their places presentable. Here's what they shared:
- Take shoes off in the house! A no-brainer and easy enough to start doing, if you aren't already.
- Make the bed! A made bed can help the rest of your bedroom look a bit neater, even if it isn't picture-perfect.
- Wipe down the shower and sinks! This makes a huge difference with the inevitable grime buildup. Make squeegeeing the shower doors the last part of your shower routine and wiping down the sink the last part of your bedtime routine. (Quick tip: use a baby wipe to clean the sink and you'll never scrub again.)
- Wipe down kitchen counters! Same idea as wiping down your bathroom sink. If you wipe down the kitchen counters (and I'll even add the top of your range in this rule, too) you'll notice a marked improvement in the overall look of your kitchen. Promise.
- Swiffer before bed! This one is a bit tough for me to commit to; however, it goes along the lines of the two rules above: if you're wiping down surfaces every day there won't be a buildup of grime and dirt to fight against later.
- Clean as you go and put your clothes away! If you're constantly picking up after yourself, i.e. always putting dishes directly in the dishwasher rather than stacking on the counter and keeping your clothes hung up, folded, and in their proper storage, you won't have a mountain to tackle all at once.
- Do an end-of-the-day sweep! Get everyone in the house to pitch in for a quick cleaning session - hang up coats, recycle or file the mail, put things back in their place. It will take just a few minutes and in the morning you'll wake up to an organized house!
- If all else fails: Know when to close a door! Sometimes life gets in the way, and that is a-okay. Maybe you have small children, an at-home business, or multiple animals (or all three!) and your entire home will never be fully clean and organized at the same time. If your main floor is tidy, just close off those disaster rooms. It doesn't mean you've failed - it just means you're smart enough to know how to pick your battles ;)
If you're still thinking to yourself that none of these things are ever going to actually happen in your house, be reassured that despite the current minimalist aesthetic reign, being messy actually has health benefits and boosts creativity. Sound off in the comments below or on my Facebook Page: Has the "Kondo Method" changed your life or are you still searching for tips that work for you?