The time is here!
Spring is right around the corner, y’all. Nothing can stop my excitement about it – not even the still-freezing temperatures here in Chicago. Spring is my favorite season, because it means we’re heading out of the dreaded winter months and into the glorious summer. And this year? I’ve been bitten by the spring cleaning bug.
I’ll admit it – my apartment was a certified mess on March 1st. Between traveling, being sick, and spending time with family, I just hadn’t had the time to clean much. So a couple socks on the floor became a dish full of undone dishes became a counter that was entirely covered with random crap.
It was terrifying, to be honest.
So the first weekend of March, my boyfriend and I rolled up our sleeves and set about cleaning the place up. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t super fun. But now my apartment is spotless.
The dishes are always clean and put away. The counter gleams. The floor is spotless. And honestly? I’ve never felt more serene in my own living space.
Our surroundings affect us more than we might think! For example, I love my kitchen – it’s probably my favorite place in my apartment, because I love cooking and baking. When my kitchen’s a mess, my mind is probably a mess too. It’s a psychological thing that affects all of us. And when I cleaned up my kitchen this month, you can be sure that I literally felt my outlook on life get a little brighter.
Okay, Shreya, but what’s the point? I share all of this because I want you to understand how seriously I take spring cleaning, and how much I believe it can have a positive affect in your life! So today, I’m going to tell you how to get your house ready for spring. I promise that if you follow these steps, you’ll find yourself in such a good mindset for the months ahead.
1. Break It Down!
The first step is the most important. If it’s been a while since you cleaned your house, the mess is probably a teensy bit overwhelming. I know it was for me by the time March 1st rolled around.
A lot of the time, we might not clean because we feel like tidying up is a gargantuan task. By following this first step and breaking it down, the idea of cleaning feels a lot more manageable. And you know that I’m always the person pushing to make things smaller and break them down.
Instead of thinking about cleaning your whole house or apartment, start with trying to tackle a single room. If that single room is still too full with trash and clutter to make you feel good (like my kitchen always is), go even smaller! The first thing I started cleaning on March 1st was the sink. Nothing else! I just told myself the sink had to be spotless – empty of all dishes and wiped down with some cleaner.
And here’s the surprising thing – once I was done cleaning the sink, I felt more ready to clean the rest of my kitchen. After tackling one task, all the other tasks I had to do felt like something I could do! If I had cleaned the sink, I could tidy the counters – and once I tidied the counters, I could wipe down the stove! Each time I finished a tiny task, it gave me the motivation I needed to start the next one, instead of quitting.
So to gather up the motivation you need to get your home clean, try starting with smaller, more manageable tasks. You’ll be blown away at how much easier it feels to organize and tidy up!
2. Improve Where You Can!
Spring cleaning is a really good time to take note of your current organizational habits. How are you currently keeping your things in order? Do you have all your clothes in a pile in your closet? Do you have a stack of papers in your office sitting on your desk? Maybe you have a bunch of loose mail in a drawer in your nightstand.
As long as you’re in the spring cleaning mindset, it’s a really good time to assess your current methods of organization and improve where you can. You can invest in some closet organizers or some filing folders to make storing clothes and papers less messy. You could even just go through your things and decide whether you really still need them cluttering up your home!
We all have places in our home that we know tend to get messy fast. While you’re cleaning up, try to notice what it is about these places that make tidying up hard. Then try to implement a new organizational strategy for that place!
The best time to start a new organizing method is right after you’ve cleaned up – that’s the moment when you’re the most motivated to not let things get so messy again. If you can find a new way to make sure things are a little more neat around your place, well, that’s even better!
3. Freshen It Up!
Even when your home is totally tidied up, there are a few things you can do to really seal the deal. In other words, we don’t just want it to look clean – we want it to feel clean.
There are lots of ways to achieve this! First, I like to look for natural smelling cleaners, dish soaps, and other cleaning materials. That way, once I’ve wiped down all my counters and surfaces, the house smells natural and fresh, instead of smelling like chemicals. Right now, I use a pink grapefruit cleaner that I adore. Psychologically speaking, by getting cleaning products that smell good to you, you’re associating that smell and the good feelings you get from it with having a clean house! By linking those two things in your brain, you’re likely to feel a lot better about cleaning than you would normally.
Another way to make your house feel clean is to light a candle or two. Y’all should know that I’m obsessed with candles – they’re so good at making spaces feel intimate and homey. When you light a candle after cleaning, it almost feels like you’re burning away all the messy vibes that were in your place before. And of course, the same thing as before goes when it comes to the wonderful smell of candles.
Finally, adding something from nature to your house, like a little flowerpot of some kind, is a good way to feel like things are clean again. If you have a tiny apartment that doesn’t get much sun, you can always go for a succulent instead. Any sort of plant is a good choice to make your home feel natural and clean.
Are You Ready?
With these tips, you should be prepared to get your home ready for spring! It’s that time of year, so I really hope this post helps you tidy up and make your house as clean as you’d like it to be.
If you have any questions or want to let me know about your spring cleaning process, feel free to leave a comment below. And if this post helps you out, feel free to share it on social media or with a friend! How do you keep your spaces clean? What are some ways you could improve your organization methods?