Now, I don’t claim to be a pro home-keeper/cleaner. I hate vacuuming and have delegated all vacuuming tasks to Alex, but we still keep our place clean! I’m probably the one who has to sort through all my hoards each year and dispose of things/organize and what not. Alex didn’t bring too much, except for musical instruments, into the condo…while I on the other hand have been hoarding stuff in here for about four years now.
Get boxes/bins and trash bags. Boxes/bins are fantastic for sorting things and trash bags are perfect for, well, tossing things. Sometimes you have to part with things. Spring cleaning, for me, is about cleaning things out and making my living space more breathable. I love being able to see new space open up in my closets, drawers, and shelves! I normally sort things into boxes based on a star system, if especially helps since I’m in a small condo and if I can box things up to store them, especially if I don’t often use what I’m boxing up, to make more space. I give things I rarely/never use a 1 star, things that I sometimes use/might use a 2 star rating. I normally wouldn’t box up three or four star things unless I have drawers, those things go into drawers or on shelves!
Play your music loud. If I’m just cleaning the house in silence, it feels lame and I get bored/exhausted more quickly. I normally throw on a play list and rock out while cleaning! I sing to the songs, dance around, try on old clothes to see how they look, and generally try to make the cleaning process a bit more fun! My go to tunes of the moment are:
Riptide – Vance Joy
I’m a Ruin – Marina and the Diamonds
Please – Ludo
All the Stars in Texas – Ludo
Like I Can – Sam Smith
Elastic Heart – Sia
Jackrabbit – San Fermin
Clean what you don’t normally clean. I tend to neglect certain things because I just hate to clean them. Now, it’s not like I’m a slob and never clean these things, I just put them off longer than others. See: Cleaning out the entire fridge. It’s a huge hassle to take all your food out of the fridge to wipe down everything, but it must be done.
The shower tile walls. They seriously NEVER seem to look clean no matter how much I scrub them…I think the tile is just weird colored. Whatever.
Dusting. I’m just plain terrible at dusting, I always sneeze and it’s such a pain.
But…all these things are important and must be cleaned, even if it’s a pain.
When was the last time you replaced….? Your plastic shower curtain? Your bath rug? Your welcome mat? Your bath sponge/body wash thing? After reading Adulting, I immediately ran out to target and replaced my bath mat, I hadn’t even thought about it before! Another tip, you should wash your pillow covers every week, or buy extras. Sleeping on the same pillow cover over and over can actually make acne worse or be the cause of it!
Donate/Throw/Sell/Keep. These are the piles that I tend to make while spring cleaning. Things I can donate, things I can sell, things to throw away (like broken things or odds and ends that I hung onto for a reason that I’ve long forgotten), and things to keep. To sort my clothes I normally go through, and if I’ve never worn it that year or in years even, then I move it to either sell or donate. I do this same step with shoes too, unless they are destroyed, then I just toss them. I did this majorly earlier this year when making room for Alex to move in so I could free up drawer/closet space for his clothes. Man…I had too much stuff.
Spring cleaning is that time to go through all your junk drawers and other places you rarely use and clean everything up! Toss things that you don’t need or that are broken…like all those old pens you have that don’t work anymore but are still in the drawer for some reason? Or dried up paints that you never use, or well…you get the picture.
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