It's time to spring clean! But where do you start? Considering every detail of your home that might need attention can quickly overwhelm you. So don't focus on the whole picture at once - start with a few basics:
- Clean your car. I know - counter-intuitive, right? Spring cleaning your house should start with your car?! Definitely! While cleaning an entire home can be overwhelming, if you start with your car you will feel a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. Clear out all the garbage, vacuum the interior, and wipe down the dashboard. Scrub your all-weather plastic mats and put them back in your vehicle. See how good that feels? Now we can head into your home with confidence.
- Organize closets. While this won't give you an immediate "spring clean" look in your home, it is definitely a good place to start. Get into the dark corners and empty all the unnecessary, unused, and unwanted items. Organize what is left over. You'll be amazed at how satisfying it is to open a closet and see a neat and tidy space. It will inspire you to carry that into the rest of your home.
- Wash walls. You would be amazed at how quickly your home can look and feel brighter and cleaner after a few hours with a damp rag and warm water. Give your walls a once-over and get rid of all the fingerprints, smudges, and dust.
- Clean passages for light. And by that I mean, wash your windows and light fixtures. One of the best spring feelings is the warm light and heat from the sun. Your body gravitates to it, so make sure you give it a clear pathway. Clear the dirt and grit away from the windows and dust out your light fixtures. Warm up to clear, clean light!
- Sweep the deck. Quick and simple. Clear any debris left on your deck and sweep away the dirt. This is one of the first spaces you will use again as the weather warms up - it will give you a lift to have a clean retreat to enjoy some fresh air between cleaning tasks.
Once you've got these intial steps down, congratulate yourself! You're on your way to a spring-clean home. And when you're ready, you can delve into the darker, dirtier, more time-intensive spring cleaning tasks. Take them one step at a time and you'll discover how quickly and easily the project gets done.