Daily living and general environmental grime tend to take its toll on the average house. Dirt builds up over time, as does unwanted clutter. Even with regular cleaning, sooner or later you hit a point where it’s time to start working through your spring-cleaning checklist to bring your home back to a more livable state.
Spring cleaning shouldn’t be something that you do just once a year though. The more often you de-clutter and deep-clean, the less of a mess you will have to deal with daily. You need to be organized in your approach to get the most value from your efforts, however. So, here’s a spring-cleaning guide that should help you bring your household clutter under control and make your cleaning efforts go more smoothly.
Take Stock of Your Spring-Cleaning Workload
If you want your spring-cleaning efforts to go smoothly then you should try to adopt an organized approach to the work. This allows you to be efficient in your approach and get the job done as quickly and effectively as possible.
So first go through each room of your house and work out what needs doing. Make a list of priority areas that need cleaning. Identify any household items that have degraded to the point where they need replacing. Look at what you need to do to declutter your bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and all the other rooms in your house. Make notes and lists for anything that you think you will forget if not written down.
Categorize Items That Clutter Your House.
Before you start cleaning your house you should first get rid of all the clutter in it. This will make the cleaning process go more smoothly as you will have fewer items to get in your way.
Household clutter will generally fall into three categories. These are the items you want to keep, the items that you want to get rid of, and the items that you are unsure of. Separate or list these items into these three categories.
For the items that you want to keep you’ll need to find someplace to store them. Package them up into boxes if needed and mark the boxes with the contents or category of items inside. This saves you from opening the box to find out what it contains and probably making more mess as a result. Find a place to store the boxes. Basements, attics, and unused rooms in your house can be set aside for storage. Ideally, you should have places that are dedicated to storage rather than storing boxes all over your house and making it difficult to find the thing you’ve stored when you need them.
For the items that you want to dump there are two categories that they can fall into. Some of it will be outright rubbish that isn’t worth selling or giving away. The rest might be worth something to someone and it might also be worth money to you if you sell it. Put the rubbish items into a pile to go into the bin or be disposed of in some other way. Take the giveaway items to a charity shop or wherever else they can be left for reuse. Organize the items you want to sell and work out how you are going to sell them. Post classified ads to get rid of the more expensive items and sell the rest at a garage sale.
For the items you are unsure of you’ll need to use the same process to divide them up and deal with them. So three piles consisting of items to keep, items to dump, and items you are unsure of. Rinse and repeat until all these items are dealt with.
Find Uses for Destroyed Clothing
You should also apply the above process to the clothes in your closets. Categorize them in the same way and deal with them as needed. Most clothes that haven’t gotten to the point of being rags can be donated to a cause in need.
Bear in mind that clothes such as socks and underwear usually can’t be given away. Most charity places won’t accept them for hygiene reasons and few people would be interested in buying them. Bathing suits may be an exception to this rule though as many people consider them as outerwear.
Even rags can have some use though. Many workshops are in constant need of rags to clean and handle work items. If you have a friend who is a mechanic or has some sort of engineering business then ask them if they want your old clothes, toweling, and linen for their rag bin. You can also use those rags in your own cleaning efforts before disposing of them.
Rent a Storage Unit
While there’s a lot of stuff that you have probably accumulated that serves no useful purpose, there are likely also quite a few items that you don’t regularly use but still want to keep. These might be items that have sentimental value, or things that you hope to find a use for in the future. These items are still cluttering up your home though and you might need to find a solution that lets you keep them but also gets them out of your way.
Renting some storage space might be a problem solver here. You can get a storage compartment for whatever volume of storage that you need and just store those unused keepsakes in there. This gets them out of your way until you find a use for them.
Examine Your Household Storage Systems
Another thing to take a good look at as part of your spring-cleaning checklist is the storage systems around your house. These include shelves, cupboards, draws, wardrobes, and any other containers used to store things. If these are overloaded, then you might want to consider buying more to give yourself greater storage room. And perhaps the ones you have now are not particularly efficient or effective at storing the objects you have in them.
Consider the spacing of shelves and how much of that space is wasted. Look at your drawers and see how full they are. Remember that you can often subdivide things such as drawers into different compartments to get better use out of them.
Also, look at how much dust and grime these storage systems accumulate. Perhaps your shelving system could do with some doors, covers, or drapes to help keep the dust out of them. Your draws may benefit from some modification to close any unnecessary airgaps that let dust in.
Once you have all the clutter in your home sorted out you will be ready to begin the cleaning process. This spring-cleaning guide should help you get to that point quickly and efficiently and free up a lot of wasted space in the process.
So, start putting your spring-cleaning checklist together now to make your cleaning efforts go more smoothly. Once you have your household clutter under control your house will be an easier place to clean and a more pleasant place to live in.