The weather is getting warmer, the sky is getting sunnier, and some of our favorite colors in nature are starting to burst into bloom. If you’re anything like us, spring gives you the urge to refresh and reset – and your home is the perfect place to start.
Here are our top tips for spring cleaning and organization:
- Don’t tackle everything at once: Don’t let the daunting idea of organizing your whole home at once lead to procrastination. Break things up into individual rooms or even smaller spaces (like one closet or cabinet at a time). Pick a weekend to dedicate to clearing out clothes that haven’t been worn in over a year, or spend a weeknight just focusing on a single bookshelf. When you tackle one small space at a time, you’ll find that spring cleaning isn’t just easier – it’s enjoyable!
- Focus on purpose: It can be tough to decide what stays and what goes, especially if you’ve had the same items around for a long time. When deciding what’s important to keep, focus on the purpose of every item. Do you use it regularly, or does it hold particular sentimental meaning? If it’s décor, does it make you happy? Take the time to assess what the things in your home really mean to you, and you’ll end up with a space that truly makes you smile.
- Get rid of the junk drawer: We’ve all got one – the drawer or bin filled with all the little things we keep telling ourselves we’ll find a place for. Spring is a great time to decide where it all belongs. To keep your home (and your life) organized, everything should have a place; if it doesn’t, chances are you don’t need to keep holding onto it.
- Clear, then declutter: When organizing a bookshelf, cabinet, closet, or drawer, start by completely removing everything and sorting your items into piles by type. Decide what belongs and what doesn’t – then fill the space one piece at a time until you’re happy with the result, both visually and functionally. Place whatever is left over in storage bins (acrylic bins are great because you can see what’s inside) or, if you don’t need the items anymore, donate or get rid of them.
- Simple things make a big difference: Even if you don’t go for a full spring clean, there are lots of little things you can do that make a big difference in how your home feels. Dusting your chandeliers and ceiling fans, vacuuming upholstery, touching up paint, cleaning your blinds, and washing linens and towels with vinegar are all small projects with big impact.
- Don’t forget about the outdoors: After your home’s interior is clean and fresh, don’t forget to refresh the exterior of your home. Replace dead lightbulbs on your patio, vacuum doormats, wash your outdoor pillowcases and fabrics, and if you need to order new furniture or outdoor supplies, don’t wait – they take a long time to ship.
- Make cleaning a seasonal priority: It may be time for spring cleaning, but cleaning is something you should schedule quarterly as the seasons change. Seasonal cleaning makes organizing your home less overwhelming (plus it gives you a nice sense of accomplishment!).
Spring cleaning isn’t just about making your home look better, it’s also about making it more functional (and giving you a little happiness boost at the same time). If you’re looking for interior design services this spring – or anytime! – just reach out. We’re here to help!