Although winter can sometimes feel like it will never end, it often happens that before you know it, it’s that time again: Spring. In addition to bringing joy with budding trees, more daylight hours, and warm breezes that hint at the coming summer, it can also be a great time of year for fresh starts, new beginnings, and revisiting those plans, projects, and goals you may have abandoned over the cold, dark winter months and busy holiday season. For good reason, spring has long been viewed as a time of year to embrace renewal, rejuvenation, and regrowth. There are many ways to make the most of the season, but what better way than the long-held tradition of spring cleaning and organization?!
What Is Spring Cleaning Actually?
You’ve probably heard the term before, but where does the idea of spring cleaning actually come from? Some researchers have traced the practice back to the Iranian Nowcruz, or Persian New Year, which just happens to fall on the first day of spring, while others have suggested that it could have originated in the ancient Jewish practice of cleansing the home prior to the celebration of Passover. Whatever the tradition’s origins, the practice of spring cleaning in the 21st century is, at its essence, just thoroughly cleaning one’s home from top to bottom, including the parts you may ignore during the rest of the year or tasks that only need be done once per year. It is also sometimes defined as “to organize something, getting rid of the things you don’t need.” Doing this at some point during the spring season has become a routine widely known around the world, though not everyone makes a habit of doing it themselves.
Why Do I Need To Do Any Spring Cleaning?
Though how we clean and organize our homes and why we used to do so much of it in the spring (it is believed cleaning in the spring was especially attractive because it was one of the few times of the year you could keep windows open without letting in insects) has changed over the years, the concept of doing a deep clean at least once per year is still a relevant and useful one for people today (and if so, why not in spring?). Even if you haven’t lived in your current place of residence long enough to feel the need to do a deep clean — or just think you’re tidy and clean enough on a regular basis not to benefit — you could still probably benefit from the spring cleaning tradition, even if it isn’t obvious yet. Just how and how much cleaning you do (as well as where, and when) is obviously up to you, but building up the habit of doing some sort of larger-scale cleaning project is a great way to keep up on all the nooks and crannies that can get neglected the rest of year, as well as the clutter that can sometimes build up over time.
How To Get Your Home Ready For Spring Cleaning:
If giving your home a true deep clean (perhaps for the first time ever) seems like a huge endeavour ranging from overwhelming to impossible, not to worry. Let us give you some tricks and tips for how to get started, and before you know it, you’ll be off and cleaning in no time.
Get Your Cleaning Products and Gear Ready to Go
The key to an efficient and successful spring cleaning is all in the preparation. Before you get started, make sure you have all the necessary tools, products, and materials you need to clean your home — such as trash bags, cleaning products (a microfiber cloth and an all-purpose cleaning spray is a good place to start for cleaning most surfaces, unless you know you’ll also need something more specialized or heavy-duty), as well as gloves and the like.
Get a Cleaning Schedule Together
Probably one of the best things you can do for yourself prior to tackling the project of spring cleaning — especially if you’ve never done it before — is putting together a cleaning schedule. Unless you have an extremely small living space or a lot of helpers (like family, roommates, or friends) along for the ride to help you out, we really wouldn’t recommend trying to do everything all at once and clean your entire home in a single day. If you can plan a cleaning schedule for yourself, spreading the tasks that need to be done over the course of a week or even a month, they will feel a lot less overwhelming and exhausting in the end.
Assemble Your Cleaning Team: Figure Out Who’s Doing What
Although there may arise a time where you need to clean your home on your own without any help, don’t be afraid to recruit help and delegate tasks if you have the opportunity to do so! Especially if you live with family or roommates — it is their home and their responsibility to take care of it too, after all. Once you have your cleaning team assembled, divide up tasks to each individual (or pair/group, if there’s enough of you to do it this way). You can do this randomly, based on what tasks everyone prefers/feels they’re most suited to, or according to who has free time. Regardless of how you do it, just make sure to go about it as fairly as possible, not overloading anyone with too much of the workload, but not letting anyone completely off the hook either. Cleaning goes so much faster and easier when everyone lends a helping hand.
Get the Pets Out of the House!
Maybe you’re not a pet owner, but if you are, trust us when we say that this will most likely go a great deal easier and faster if they’re not around for the period in which you are trying to clean. As much as we love our furry friends, they have a tendency to get in the way and sometimes make even more mess than there was originally. So if you can, see if you can get Fluffy or Rover out of the house for a day or two — whether that means letting them run around in the yard on a sunny day or taking them over to a friend’s place for a few hours of pet sitting.
Decide Which Rooms Should Be Cleaned First
Once you’ve set your mind on spring cleaning, it can be tempting to dive right in and get started. But we’ve also found it helpful to develop some sort of strategy regarding how you’re going to go about the process, including not only when you’re going to clean what and for how long, but also in what order you’re going to tackle various parts of the home that need to be cleaned and tasks that need to be done. How you go about deciding this is ultimately up to you, but we’ve found the room-by-room approach to be a good place to start for most people. But you’ll still need to figure out what room or rooms you want to prioritize and clean first. For some people, it might make sense to start with a part of the home that you feel has been neglected the most and needs the most work, such as an attic, basement, or all the closets — in order to get the worst over with first. For similar reasons, you may want to start with the largest room in the house first, or the most frequently used. However, if you’re already feeling a little stressed by the idea of spring cleaning your home, you might want to start with a smaller or easier project first. Whatever you find is right for you, just try your best to have a plan in place and stick with it, because doing so can truly make a massive difference in staying focused, on task, and seeing the process through to the end.
Set Goals for the Number of Items You Donate, Sell, Recycle, or Throw Out
If organizing and decluttering are a part of your spring cleaning plans (which if they aren’t already, you might want to consider including), you might find it helpful to set a goal of the number of items you want to have donated, sold, recycled, or thrown out by the end of the process. In other words, the amount of stuff you want to have gotten rid of. Getting rid of things — especially when they’re not obviously broken or beyond repair, or you’re just conflicted about what to do with a specific item — can be a really difficult and emotionally exhausting undertaking. Many of us are prone to holding on to stuff rather than getting rid of it — even if we definitely don’t need it or don’t even really like it anymore, whether that’s clothing, shoes, media such as books, games, and movies, accessories, paperwork, toys, and hobby-type items, or sentimental items. Nothing aside from practice can make the process completely easy and painless, but one thing that can help expedite it is planning a number for how many clothing items you want to get rid of, for example.
Though deep cleaning your home can technically be done any time of year at any season — not just spring, spring can be a great opportunity to give your home the extra time and attention it might desperately need, and to do all the little things you’ve been meaning to get around to for ages. Whether you’re a newbie to the world of spring cleaning, or someone who’s been doing it regularly every year for the past 10 years, we hope this blog has given you some helpful ideas on how to get started spring cleaning your home this year. Feel free to stop by HomCo to speak to an expert about what products to use and how to get started on spring cleaning your home in 2020! We are a one-stop-shop for all your cleaning needs.