Spring is here, and with it comes the urge to tidy and freshen up your surroundings. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
1. Get inspired
The internet has tons of tips and tricks for making spring cleaning more manageable. Watch some videos for inspiration and check out some Pinterest boards that fit your taste so you have a finished vision in mind.
2. Glean before you clean
Decide what you really love and really don’t, before you start scrubbing. Say goodbye to holey snow boots or cracked dishes. Let go of the sweater you wore once for that dinner and never again. Nobody needs 13 pairs of tongs! Give your unloved items to someone who will love them and THEN whip out the sponges and sprays.
3. Sort by stuff, not space
It might sound easier to organize by room or by sections of rooms, but in reality sorting all your clothing at once means you don’t repeat the same process in the laundry room, coat closet, and bedroom! Plus, having like items organized together makes it easier to put their value in perspective. (Thank you, Konmari Method!)
4. Take your time
True spring cleaning does not happen over the course of 5 days. A good spring cleaning project happens over the course of a couple weeks. Do a project a day or every two days. Don’t overwhelm yourself with tasks or you’ll never finish.
5. Clean Green
If you are a BRUSH ON BLOCK® user, we already know that you like to keep your toxic chemical exposure to a minimum--for the safety of you, your family and the planet. So use non-toxic cleaning supplies when possible. For an easy green clean, use baking soda mixed with water as a scrubbing paste, and mix white vinegar with water, a little Castile soap and Lemon Essential oil in a spray bottle. Avoid single use products like paper towels by using cloth towels or rags, then wash and dry them so you are ready for a fresh start the next day.
6. Phone a friend
Enlist the help of your housemates, savvy friends, partners and children in this process. Set goals for everyone in the house, turn on some music and get busy together. Afterwards, go to the park or out for ice cream to celebrate a job well done.