Spring cleaning time is upon us again, and personally, I couldn’t be happier.
Organizing is one of my favourite things to do to give me more peace of mind – clutter in my house equals clutter in my brain.
If you’ve also been thinking of tackling your clutter, with the weather slowly starting to warm up, now is a great time to open your windows and bust out your cleaning products.
While you’re at it, it’s also the perfect time to carry the tidying over to your wallet…
Let’s dive into some tips and tricks to approach your spring cleaning this year.
Spring cleaning tips and tricks
Spring cleaning can be a huge task – especially if you own a house or live in a larger space.
But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom – here are some of my favorite ways to make it more bearable.
Tip #1 – Whistle while you work
Nothing gets me more motivated than a good, upbeat song to get me feeling energized. I put my favorite record or Spotify playlist on, throw on my cleaning clothes, and get in the groove.
It makes an otherwise mundane or boring task much more fun.
Tip #2 – Start with one room at a time
If you have a lot of space that needs cleaning, it can all seem overwhelming at first.
It’s much less daunting if you start one room at a time. Then you can decide if that was enough for one day and save the rest for later. Or, keep the momentum going, and get one more room done. That being said…
Tip #3 – Start with the biggest task and work your way down
Do you have 1 area in particular that you never want to tackle?
The biggest task can be the most disheartening – get that one out of the way first, and it’ll be smooth sailing for the rest of your spring cleaning afterward.
Tip #4 – Ask for help if you need it
Sometimes, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. But other times it pays to have an extra pair of hands keeping you motivated.
And, like the old saying goes: two heads are better than one. So, 4 arms must be better than 2.
If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it – bribing your friends with a BBQ or celebratory beers after the job’s done is a great way to make a fun event out of it.
Tip #5 – Give everything a designated place
Ever struggle to remember where you put away that one thing?
Matches are nowhere near the candles, kitchen appliance pieces are scattered in different cupboards or drawers, the broom seems to find a new home each time it’s used…
Organizing things by category and giving it it’s proper place in your space is key to never having to look for that one thing ever again.
Cleaning products go together – shoes go together – pots and pans go together, etc.
Making sure you have a plan and stick to it will keep your house looking cleaner longer.
Ends January 31, 2020.
Spring cleaning to do list
Now that you’re armed with tips and tricks (and your best pair of yellow gloves), it’s time to start cleaning.
Spring clean your house
Aside from work, the inside of my house is where I spend most of my time. So, naturally, I want it to be a space where I can relax and decompress from my day.
Let’s go over some of the larger spaces you might need to throw yourself into.
Kitchen and dining area
The kitchen is usually the most utilized room of the house (unless you despise cooking).
Start with cleaning all your heavy-duty appliances, like your:
- microwave, and
- fridge (including freezer).
Afterward, focus on organizing your kitchen storage:
- pots and pans,
- catch-all drawers, and
As you’re cleaning, be mindful of how you put things away again – try to be as organized as possible, and don’t be afraid to part ways and donate the things you know you won’t ever use again.
Or, if you think it’s still useful for someone, you could always try selling your items on Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji, or others to make an extra few bucks.
You could also:
- descale your coffee machine,
- bring your recyclables to your local redemption centre,
- sharpen your kitchen knives, and
- clean utensil organizers.
Bathroom and laundry room
Next up: the bathroom and laundry room.
Clean (using a stronger cleaning product) the:
- shower head,
- bathtub (including the drain), and
Pro tip: For descaling a clogged up shower head, mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts vinegar and let your shower head sit in it overnight.
Here are some other things that could need some special attention:
- replace shower liner,
- throw out half-empty bottles,
- throw out expired or unused beauty products,
- organize medicine cabinet,
- replace shaving razors, and
- replace toothbrushes.
Living room and computer area
The living room is perhaps the least offensive room to clean, in my opinion. Besides sitting, what else do you do there?
I like to:
- go through movies, DVDs, Blu-rays, gaming systems, and games,
- wash coffee table,
- dust television and computer screens,
- clean keyboard using compressed air,
- wash throw blankets, and
- fluff pillows.
Trading or selling unused electronics is a good way to make a few extra bucks and to make your living room less cluttered.
Bedroom and closets
Going through your bedroom and closets is a good time to get rid of clothes that may not fit, don’t suit your style any longer, or you just don’t like anymore.
It’s important to be realistic – if you haven’t worn a particular item in over a year, perhaps it’s time to part ways. Or, if you’ve been telling yourself that you’d get that one piece altered but never got around to it, is it really worth it?
- go through closets, wardrobes, and dressers, and
- wash bedding.
Throw out any worn clothes (especially if they have holes in them) – everything else suitable could be donated.
General – throughout your home
Aside from the other things that I’ve listed for each room of your home, these could also be done throughout:
- clean windows,
- sweep floors,
- mop floors,
- dust surfaces,
- water plants,
- vacuum rugs or carpeting, and
- wash frequently used surfaces.
Spring clean your garage
After driving through winter, your garage may have turned into a dusty mess from your cars bringing in slush and snow.
It’s also probably starting to get disorganized – mine turns into a giant storage bin of things I hastily put away before winter, like deck furniture and my yard hose. And since it’s colder outside, I haven’t bothered cleaning or tidying up in there since last fall.
What you could do to make it cleaner is:
- sweep the floor,
- clean windows (if you have any),
- remove any garbage,
- rearrange tools and equipment, and
- grease the overhead doors.
Spring clean your yard
If you’re not renting your home, you’ll want to clean up your yard after the snow has melted. Winter storms can bring broken branches, dead leaves, and all kinds of debris.
My house is definitely in poor shape this spring – we’ve lost some outdoor lights, some shingles, and the 3 giant maple trees in front of my house have lost quite a few branches.
Timing this step with your local “big garbage” pickup will make disposal much easier.
- rake up leaves,
- dispose of broken branches,
- wash the outside of windows,
- clean gutters, and
- pick up any scattered trash.
As you’re cleaning, this is perhaps a good time to start thinking about your summer gardening – plants that need some TLC, or maybe think of places where you could add some new shrubs.
Spring clean your car
Not to be neglected, your daily commuter probably needs some love as well.
You can either hire a professional to clean your vehicle or if you’re looking to save a few dollars, you can easily do it yourself:
- clean windows from the inside,
- replace wipers,
- full up on windshield wash,
- schedule an oil change,
- schedule to get your studded or winter tires removed, and
- make sure your safety inspection isn’t overdue.
Spring clean your wallet
One of the toughest things to tidy up – your finances.
Money can be a stressful thought for many Canadians, but it’s important to stay on top of your spending and income on a regular basis.
Have winter heating bills taken a toll? Are you still struggling to pay off some lingering Christmas shopping debt?
This is an ideal time to do through that stack of papers you’ve been avoiding – throw out old receipts (properly with a shredder), re-work your budget, and touch base with your resolutions from January to make sure you’re on track.
While you’re in there, you can also grab whatever you need for income tax season.
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Clutter, be gone
Even if you’re not like me and cleaning isn’t exactly your favorite pastime, with our tips and tricks, you’ll be on your way to a tidier home in no time. Not to mention, a better wallet.
Did you think our tips were helpful?
What are your favorite spring cleaning tricks and hacks?