Get the Most Out of Your Spring Cleaning

March 30, 2017

Let’s be honest. For most of us, Spring Cleaning is a job we would love to put off. Not only does it take hours to complete, sometimes days, but you must be self-motivated enough to complete the job. Let me be the first to say that housekeeping can be hard work when it is done right.
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Being organized may be the key to a successful Spring Cleaning. Having a plan will help you zip through these projects in no time. I have created a 30- Day Spring Cleaning Calendar to be sure the “little” things are not forgotten. You can take the “one room at a time” approach or you can “divide and conquer” with individual tasks. How you do it is not important, getting the job done is what matters!

Most people will get so wrapped up in making everything shine that they forget many of the little things that could add up to dust bunnies and runny noses throughout the summer months. The items people are most likely to forget are things that aid us in cleaning like a dishwasher. We use it to get all of our dishes clean but how clean is the dishwasher itself? The list could go on and on but these are some of the most common areas/items in the house that are known to have been forgotten during Spring Cleaning.

  • Ceiling fans
  • Vents
  • Window sills
  • Children’s toys
  • Pet toys
  • Bathroom shower curtains
  • Dishwasher and dishracks
  • Under the range hood
  • The inside parts of the refrigerator
  • Coffee makers
  • Bath mats
  • Area rugs and decorative pillows (These should be washed on a regular basis)

After the house has been cleaned you have one more dreaded task to complete before you are finished. This may not be as bad as cleaning toilets but the pain is real for most.

Cleaning Out Your Closet!

When cleaning out your closet, you have only three choices. Donate-Keep-Trash

You can decide, but here are some tips to help you. As you go through each item, ask yourself:

  1. Does this still fit?messy closet
  2. Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
  3. Is it likely I will ever wear this again?
  4. Is this currently in style and does this still accurately represent my style?
  5. If the garment is damaged, will I actually make the effort to get this repaired in the near future?
  6. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
  7. And most importantly: Do I feel confident when I wear this?

If you answered no to any of these questions then you only have 2 options. Donate or trash. Many times people want to have a sale with their unwanted items which is OK if you are in need of money. The purpose of Spring Cleaning your closet is “to get rid” of unwanted items so storing them for a sale later is not recommended when so many charities are longing for your unneeded items.

Here are list of some charities that you may want to consider donating to.

  • Goodwill Industries International, Inc.– Household goods and clothes
  • The Salvation Army – Household goods and clothes
  • Cinderella Project – Donate evening gowns and prom dresses, they collect formal gowns for underprivileged girls so that they can experience prom regardless of their personal or financial situations.
  • Dress for Success – They provide support and career development tools in addition to professional attire. They ask for new or nearly-new and cleaned interview-appropriate attire. You can find your local Dress for Success location here.
  • Pick Up Please is a national nonprofit organization that concentrates its efforts on American veterans and their families. It asks for all clothing styles, regardless of current trends, and will even conveniently pick up donations from your home.
  • You can always donate to your local homeless shelters and battered woman’s shelters. Churches are always looking for donations to help the people that come to them for services.
  • Women’s Shelters is a nationwide directory that offers listings of various female-oriented services, which is particularly useful if you would like to donate in person and simplify the distribution process.
  • If you are concerned about a charity that you would like to donate to,  you can use the following links to evaluate the organization. Charity Navigator and  Charity Watch

So now that we have broken down your Spring Cleaning into 30 days, you can tackle one job at a time instead of in one exhausting weekend. Once you are done and the house is clean and the closets are cleared out it is time for you! Grab dinner and movie, take the kids to the park or lay out by the pool (summer is coming) It is your choice, reward yourself for a job well done and take time to relax!