As the weather warms up, many people experience a nearly overwhelming urge to clean and declutter their homes.
However, those urges can often lead to feelings of anxiety and a sense being completely overwhelmed. We understand that many people put off cleaning because of these feelings. So, we at Dignity Home Services provide a home cleaning service in California that can remove the stress of doing that spring cleaning yourself.
However, if you’re determined to tackle this project by yourself, we’ve also provided some great tips below to help make it a little less stressful for you:
Tip #1: Make a checklist
Before you begin each room, make a checklist. When you get into cleaning, it can be easy to get tunnel-vision and think you’ve finished, only to remember later that you didn’t dust the light fixtures. It can also be immensely satisfying to check items off your list and realize that, with each check, you have one less thing to clean.
Tip #2: Focus on one room at a time.
Looking at an entire house that needs to be cleaned, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Focusing on one room at a time can help push those feelings off and make the job seem feasible. Divide the task up even further by only working on one room each day.
Tip #3: Organize and remove clutter
It’s easy to think about all the things that need cleaning and scrubbing, but sometimes we don’t take this spring cleaning opportunity to rid ourselves of clutter that we don’t need. As you move through the rooms in your house, take the time to sort your belongings. You can put them into four piles: put away, throw away, give away, or box away. This is especially helpful if you don’t want to have to keep walking back and forth to your children’s toy cupboard. Just label four large boxes and bring them with you to each room. Don’t put anything away until you’ve finished going through every room and then, when you’ve finished, you can put everything away at once.
Deciding what to do with the “give away” items really comes down to two choices: selling or donating. You can host a garage sale either alone or with neighbors who are going through a similar process. You can also can sell items online. However, if you simply want the clutter gone, donating your items is a much faster way of removing them from your house and it can really help out people in need.
Tip #4: Involve your family
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be done alone. If you have children or a partner, divvy up the responsibilities. It can even be enjoyable when everyone is working together. Allowing your children to pick some toys that they would like to donate can also teach important life lessons and help them to be more grateful for the toys that they have.
Tip #5: Establish new cleaning habits
Once you’ve finished spring cleaning and your home feels like new, it can be really easy to drop back into the habits that got your home to that state in the first place. However, if, while you’re sorting and cleaning, you can also establish some new cleaning habits, you may not need to spring clean every year. Instead, make a monthly cleaning schedule and make cleaning those rarely cleaned places a more regular affair.