There is a reason everyone gets the cleaning bug in spring. It’s easy to get motivated: the sun is out, birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming everywhere! Spring cleaning can be a great moment to clear out all the dust and debris from winter and get things shiny and new for the busy seasons ahead.
Through decluttering and spring cleaning, you can create a more peaceful and functional space for yourself and your family – which will make it easier to relax and feel at ease.
Here are 5 tips for making the most of your 2022 spring cleaning, so your home can reach new levels of zen!
Make a checklist.
To make spring cleaning go smoothly, it helps to start with a clear checklist. Write down everything that needs to be done, and prioritize tasks based on how important they are to you.
Although your checklist should be personalized to your needs, don’t forget to include things like sorting through your old clothes and donating them to charity or throwing them out, making plans for where you’ll store the stuff you keep, and deciding if you need to change out or rearrange any furniture.
Don’t take on too much.
When you’re deep into spring cleaning, it can be overwhelming — especially when you look at all the piles of stuff that still need to get done. You might feel like you aren’t making much progress because there is so much to do, but don’t let this overwhelm you. The good news is, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Take your time and have fun with it!
You should start with a few small projects that are manageable on their own and that will help you get organized.
Be efficient with your time.
In my opinion, efficiency is the number-one secret to a successful spring clean.
Start by getting the big stuff out of the way. The most time-consuming part of any house cleaning is tidying up the clutter that accumulates on counters and floors. If you tackle this first, then you’ll have a clean space to work with for the rest of your tasks. This will make everything else go much faster, and it makes a big visual impact, which can help you stay motivated.
It may also help you to set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and see how much you can get done before it goes off. You might be surprised at how much you can accomplish in just a few minutes if you stay focused and don’t allow yourself to get distracted by other things. (And if you find yourself pouring over old photos when you should be dusting baseboards, the timer can be a useful reminder to get back on track!)
Don’t forget about the big stuff.
Sometimes when we plan for spring cleaning, we get stuck sweating the small stuff like bleaching the bathroom grout or dusting the bookshelves. But if you’re feeling boxed in or like your life is full of clutter, you may need to look at those things that take up all the space – like chairs, lamps, and tables. After all, do you really need that bar cart and credenza?
Rearranging or even removing furniture is a very important step in the spring cleaning process. These items can be saved for a rainy day, but if you end up keeping these bulky pieces around, it can defeat the purpose of decluttering all together. Instead, consider contacting a moving and storage company to help with your large pieces.
Since 2015, Reynolds Transfer & Storage has partnered with The Road Home in their mission by providing furniture donation pick-up and storage services for the homeless in the Madison area. Consider donating your furniture to this amazing cause, and we will pick it up for you. Here are the items we can pick up:
- Beds, mattresses
- Kitchen tables and chairs
- Living room chairs
- Sofas, couches
Consider short-term storage.
If your home is bursting at the seams with furniture, clothes, and other belongings that you no longer need or use, but you’re not sure what to do with them, it may be time to call a short-term storage and moving company.
Short term storage can help declutter your home, and a reliable moving and storage company can remove and store your items safely. This gives you the freedom to take your time deciding what items to keep and put back in your home and which items to donate or discard.
Coordinating with a storage company is also great if you decide to sell some big-ticket items, but you don’t want them taking up space in your home while you wait for the perfect buyer. When it comes to successful spring cleaning, many people don’t think of storage as an important component, but it can make a big impact on your finished product and help you see the results of all your hard work.
If you’re looking for household storage in Madison, WI, drop us a note at Reynolds Transfer & Storage, Inc. Our experts will work with you for removal and storage in Madison in our secure, climate-controlled storage space.