There’s no better time than spring to bring a fresh new energy into your home. After all, spring is the time for new beginnings, and kicking off this new season with a clutter-free home will be a great way to set the tone for things to come.
Thanks to the massive popularity of the Marie Kondo method, people everywhere are adopting the mindset that a de-cluttered space is one of the best ways to feel more functional and less stressed, and we couldn’t agree more! If you’ve been thinking of refreshing your space for spring and need a little inspiration to get you started, here are our 10 best secrets to spring cleaning your home, and bringing out your inner Marie Kondo.
1. Set ground rules
It can be easy to get stuck when you run into items that might feel harder to get rid of, so create a few simple rules before you start in order to make the decision-making process easier. For example, if you haven’t worn it in a year or if it no longer sparks joy – let it go. If the items are still in good shape and you’re having a harder time getting rid of them, think about donating, selling or giving the item as a gift. Knowing that someone else will be able to enjoy your less-loved and less-used items will also make the de-cluttering process easier.
2. Start small
Rather than overwhelming yourself with a huge project right off the bat, start with something small that you use every day, like a junk drawer in the kitchen, your laundry space, or your bathroom vanity. This will give you an easily achievable goal to kickstart your momentum for bigger projects, and by starting with something you use often, it’ll inspire you to keep going as your newly cleaned space makes you feel good.
3. Tidy by category
Rather than tidying up your home from room to room, Marie Kondo recommends organizing your spring cleaning into categories instead. Specifically: clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items. Pull out everything you have in each category, such as clothes from closets, papers from office spaces, and miscellaneous items from drawers, then sort through each category item by item.
4. Only keep the items that ‘spark joy’
The main philosophy behind the Marie Kondo method is to identify the things you own that truly spark joy for you, and discarding the ones that don’t. This approach will encourage you to be more mindful about how possessions make you feel and create a home full of things you love rather than simply accumulating ‘stuff’.
5. Organize your storage
When it comes to storing items like clothing and sheets, Marie follows a very specific method. She suggests keeping things visible and within reach by standing clothing items upright or rolled alongside each other in drawers rather than stacked on top of each other. In kitchen cabinets, garages, and for smaller miscellaneous items, sort by size and use, and use small boxes within drawers and cupboards to keep items organized and separate.
6. Get everyone in the household in on it
Once you’ve created a designated space for something, make clear the grounds rules to your partner, children, and anyone else who lives in the home. For example, if you know that dish towels go in a specific drawer in the kitchen, share that knowledge with your loved ones so they can share the chore. Otherwise, keeping your house tidy will rely solely upon you putting everything away (because you’re the only one who knows where it goes)!
7. Store things where you use them
If you keep your old magazines on the coffee table in your living room but always end up reading them before you go to bed, then consider storing them in your nightstand instead. Even though the coffee table may feel like the place those magazines ‘should’ go, it’s a lot easier to put something away when you don’t have to carry it back and forth from room to room. Think about anything that typically ends up in ‘clutter piles’ around your home, and consider if there are other locations in the house where they might be more easily put away.
8. Stick to a schedule for regular tidying up
Setting aside time on a daily or weekly basis to clean up will help you to establish a regular routine, and keep your house in a more manageable state rather than trying to tackle the whole thing once or twice per year. If you have other people living in the house, get them in on the schedule or assign them to a particular area, too. Teamwork makes the dream work!
9. Replace your air filters
Replacing furnace and HVAC filters is one of the most important and regularly overlooked parts of spring cleaning. Air conditioner ducts tend to build up dust during the winter, and new filters will catch unwanted particles so you can make sure you’re breathing clean, healthy air.
10. Don’t forget about walls and windows
While everyone knows to clean their floors, many tend to forget about the walls and windows. Dust can settle just as easily on the wall as on other surfaces, so simply take a damp towel and run it over the walls and window blinds from the top down. Remember to remove the window screens and wipe down the outside of the windows, too.
There you have it! With these spring cleaning tips, your home will be feeling fresh and ready for the new season in no time.