Spring is here, so it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning! We all know that a clean and organized house is a happy house. But sometimes, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Do you clean the whole house in one day? Do you start with one room at a time? And what do you do with all the stuff you don’t need anymore?
Here are eight dos and don’ts to help you get started on your journey to a clean and organized home:
Tips #1: Do Start with One Place at a Time
Trying to tackle the whole house in one day is a recipe for disaster. You will get overwhelmed and end up putting everything back as it was. Start small, and work your way up.
You can start with the easiest room to clean, for example, the living room, or the most challenging room to clean, like the basement. Once you have conquered those two rooms, you can move on to the next room and so forth.
You even don’t have to start with a whole room if it makes you feel too overwhelmed. You can start with one area, like your desk or even your junk drawer, and work from there.
Tips #2: Do Minimize Things As Much As Possible
Take a good hard look at everything in your home and ask yourself if you need it. If the answer is no, get rid of it! The more stuff you have, the more clutter there will be.
Decluttering is a process that can be difficult to let go of things. But just remember, the more stuff you get rid of, the less you will have to clean.
And if you’re worried about getting rid of things you might need in the future, don’t worry! You can always store them away in a box in the attic or basement, but don’t forget to go through them every once in a while to ensure you’re not holding on to things you don’t need.
Tips #3: Do Have Places for Everything
One of the biggest reasons homes become cluttered is that there’s nowhere to put things away. By the end of the day, they end up floating around the house, making your house look cramped and decluttered!
To prevent this from happening, ensure you have a place for everything. This means having a designated spot for your keys, purse, mail, and so on. You should also have storage solutions for larger items, such as winter clothes, holiday decorations, and sports equipment. Having a place for everything can ensure that your home will always look clean and organized.
Tips #4: Do Make Everything Practical
Your home and how you organize it should be practical, meaning it should work for you and your family. This means taking into account the way you live and what works for you.
For example, if you’re always misplacing your keys, having a key holder by the door might be helpful. Or, if you’re constantly tripping over shoes in the entryway, it might be beneficial to have a shoe rack.
Making your home practical doesn’t mean you have to spend much money on storage solutions. Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution. Just because something isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it can’t be helpful. If something is serving its purpose and making your life easier, it doesn’t matter if it’s not aesthetically pleasing.
Tips #5: Don’t Ever Think You Can Clean the Whole House in One Day
As we said, trying too much at once will only lead to frustration. Moreover, it’s impossible to clean an entire house in one day, no matter how small.
Cleaning a house is a process, and it takes time. Don’t beat yourself up if your home isn’t perfect all the time. Just focus on taking it one day at a time and doing the best you can.
Tip #6: Don’t Keep Stuff without any Plan
If you’re unsure what to do with something, you won’t use it anyway. Get rid of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose or that you don’t have a plan for using, as well as the “just-in-case” excuse. You can always buy something if you need it in the future, but chances are you won’t need it anyway, and it will just take up valuable space in your home.
If you want to keep something but are unsure where to put it, try using a storage unit. This way, you can access it if needed, but it won’t take up valuable space in your home.
Tips #7: Don’t Let Things Floating around the House
This is just inviting clutter into your home! When you see things lying around, leaving them, there is tempting, but this will only make your house look messier.
Make it a habit to put things away as soon as you’re done using them. This includes putting away your purse, keys, mail, and so on. The more you can get into the habit of putting things away, the less clutter you’ll have in your home.
Tips #8: Don’t Try to Make Your Home Perfect
Again, practicality is more important than perfection. As long as everything serves its purpose and makes your life easier, consider your job done. We know that peer pressure is real, and we see all of these perfectly decorated homes on social media, but don’t compare your house to others. Just focus on making it the best it can be for you and your family.
A clean and organized house is a happy one—but only if you don’t stress yourself trying to achieve it! Before you know it, your home will be the clean, organized oasis you’ve always wanted, and your journey to an organizing blissful household hasn’t even been that hard. And always remember, done is better than perfect !