As we near the end of these frigid winter months, Ohioans long for the warmer weather of spring, and begin to prepare for the freshness of the outdoors. The first day of spring, March 20, is in sight on our calendars, encouraging us to get motivated and organized.
If you’re planning to start the spring-cleaning restoration process in your home within the next few weeks, or just want to work towards a cleaner home, here are three important cleaning and organization steps that are applicable to any room in your home, and will keep your head clear in the process:
1. Start High, End Low
When tackling a large room, it can be a daunting task just trying to figure out where to start. There’s actually a lot to be cleaned on your ceiling like ceiling fans, light fixtures, curtains, etc., so begin at the highest point. Then, work your way down.
For example, if you’re beginning in the kitchen, move to the walls, windows, countertops, cabinets, and finish with the floors. This way, any dust or dirt you stir up in the process can eventually be cleaned up off the floor, resulting in a complete clean.
Tip: If possible, open windows during this phase, especially if you plan to utilize chemical cleaning products. Or, think about using or making your own non-toxic cleaners.
2. Sort Your Stuff
You’ve probably heard the saying, “If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.” While this refers to purging your wardrobe, you can use this same mentality when cleaning any of any room.
Start with one room, and sift through its contents. If you’re beginning with the attic, for example, it’s helpful to create three piles, such as “Use Often,” “Use Sparingly,” and “Never Use.” You’ll be surprised at how many items end up in the last two piles.
Tip: For things you want to get rid of, consider contacting a donation center, or coordinate a yard sale, in lieu of throwing items away.
3. Store It
Consider a self storage unit for items you labeled as “Use Sparingly” and “Never Use," especially if they’re things you don’t necessarily want to part with. This could include heirlooms or antiques in the attic, unused electronics or athletic equipment from the basement, or even cars or boats wasting valuable space in the garage. Storage units are affordable and easily accessible, allowing you to retrieve your belongings whenever you need them.
Note: Climate-controlled storage units regulate temperature and humidity, which helps to avoid warped wood, yellowed artwork, rusted metals, musty clothing or corroded electronics.
Add Some Spring to Your Step
It doesn’t necessarily matter when you begin the spring cleaning process. It does, however, help to approach the task with a plan and a goal. Decide what your main priority is—whether it’s ridding a room of junk, freeing up space in the basement or giving yourself peace of mind in a clean house—to maintain motivation, and start off the warmer months on the right foot.
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When do you start the spring-cleaning process? Share your tips!