Spring means two things: hay fever and fresh starts. And we think the latter is darn exciting.
There’s nothing quite like welcoming the new season with a thorough spring cleaning. The only trick is knowing where to start and being motivated enough to finish. A bit like exercise.
Here’s the unfortunate truth: you may never get excited for spring cleaning. But the good news is there are a few things you can do to make it less awful and more efficient.
You’ll thank us when your floors are clean enough to eat off.*
*You should still probably just use a plate, though.
Make a Plan
Spring cleaning is great. It reminds you of all those crappy cleaning jobs you’ve been avoiding for 12 months.
Since you’re going beyond your normal weekly cleaning routine, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. The first step to a successful (and less stressful) spring cleaning is to make a list of all the jobs that need doing.
Categorise your jobs by each room in your house, scanning each room from top to bottom to make sure you don’t miss anything. This will help you plan and prepare for your spring cleaning.
Bonus tip: If you dress up as Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible while humming the theme song, writing your spring cleaning jobs will feel more like an important quest than a chore. Maybe.
Ditch the Junk
You won’t truly have a clean home and a fresh start until you cull the crap. We’ve all got those junk drawers overflowing with old bills, 146 pens, and other miscellaneous stuff we never look at (you know the one – it’s probably the 3rd drawer down in your kitchen). What better time to finally say goodbye to your junk and make your drawers functional again?
Sort through your cupboards, drawers, closets and garage, and start organising the stuff you don’t use anymore into three piles: throw, sell, and donate.
Once you declutter each room in your home, you’ll have more space to store the stuff you actually want to keep. Because this town ain’t big enough for your Thermomix and your toaster.
Clean One Room at a Time
Your list of jobs will probably seem as long as Dumbledore’s beard and not nearly as glorious. But don’t freak out! Instead of looking at it as a whole, break it into bite-size pieces by cleaning one room at a time – top to bottom.
This will make for a more thorough cleaning and you’re less likely to give up midway and retreat to your bed to cry. It’s a win-win.
Bonus tip: Lock a friend in one of your rooms along with some cleaning supplies and tell them they can’t come out until it’s spotless. Include bottled water if they’re your best friend. You’re not a monster.
Don’t Rush It
If you try to knock over your spring cleaning in one day or weekend, you’re probably going to burn out, lose motivation, and end up doing a second-rate job. And we know that’s not what you’re about.
Spread your cleaning out over a couple of weekends by allocating a few hours to each day. This way you can tackle each room with gusto and still use part of each day to relax and recover.
Because what the heck are weekends for if not to put your feet up and catch up on your Netflix?