Spring is the perfect time for cleaning your home from top to bottom. If you’ve been putting your spring cleaning program until now, chances are you have an excellent reason to do so.
The most common reason for delaying cleaning is lack of time. After all, we’ve all experienced a hectic week. Sometimes, all you want is a quiet weekend. But you also know that spring cleaning is a once-in-a-year process. Consequently, if you fail to make time for your spring cleaning routine, it’s presumably because you know that it will be a waste of your time. Not because you can’t get your house as clean and spotless as you want. But because you already know that it will never stay that way.
The number-one enemy of cleaning is the failure to keep a tidy place. If you find yourself unconsciously accumulating ideas all over the place, it’s fair to assume that you don’t want to commit to a straining cleaning program if all your efforts are going to be erased within a couple of days.
Maybe it’s time to change your spring cleaning routine for good. Transform it into a tidying-up routine that can help you to maintain the home welcoming and immaculate for longer. Here are some of the best approaches to injecting some much needed organization into your home.
Introduce New Habits
Being messy is not a natural habit in the history of humanity. Evolution and our ability to create complex machines and tools to adjust to our growing needs as a species rely on our ultimate capacity to organize our environment. Unfortunately, messiness is the result of bad habits that develop as we make our life more and more comfortable.
Why do people leave their dirty mug in the sink for days? It’s simple. They don’t spend enough purposeful time in the kitchen. As the consequence of standing around waiting for the meal to cook or the kettle to boil, they don’t engage with their environment. I can’t put this or that away; I’m busy. The truth is, you’re not busy, you’re waiting for something to happen. But the mind is easily fooled and doesn’t know the difference until you point it out.
Next time you find yourself in an idle position, make the most of the time you have. It takes only a few minutes to clear the sink if you don’t stand around in the kitchen The same advice can be applied anywhere else in your house. If you get into the habit of making the most of your idle time, you can rapidly clear up junk mails, dirty dishes, or even abandoned books from the room.
Make the Most of Your Cleaning Routine
Admittedly, it would be foolish to start with your spring cleaning routine if you haven’t sorted out your organizational skills first. However, spring cleaning allows you to evaluate the items you’ve kept at home. Decluttering your home is detrimental to keeping your house tidy. Start with the kitchen. Check the pantry and the fridge for anything that is out of date – you’ll be surprised by the result. Exciting gadgets and tools you’ve bought with the intent of using but have rarely taken out of the drawer have no place in your kitchen. You can then turn your attention to the next room. Anything you haven’t used in several months – aside from seasonal items – should be removed. You can give or sell most of the unnecessary belongings unless they are damaged. Additionally, the home office is a room that tends to accumulate the most paper. Legal contracts, receipts, invoices, bank documentation, etc., it’s easy to see how anybody could drown in a sea of paper. As a rule of the thumb, you should consider digitizing everything – you can keep the most critical paperwork in a storage facility – to free up some space while maintaining an organized office.
Build Good Habits in Your Children
Children transform not only your life but they also dramatically change the household. There’s no way around it: Kids are messy. You can’t blame them, though. Tidying up is a learned skill. If you don’t teach them to keep their room clean, they can never learn. Start by helping children when they are young so that they can learn that cleaning isn’t a punishment. As you clear their toys away or help to put the clothes in the laundry basket, you also show them that it’s an easy and fun task. It might be tempting to tell them to clean their room, but ultimately without direction, your kids are unlikely to achieve the result you are hoping for. Providing guidance is a way of teaching the right gestures. Additionally, you need to be realistic about it. Young children can help to tidy up the house, but you need to assign them age-appropriate chores if you want to achieve positive results.
Fall in Love with Your Home Again
Sometimes, the home is messy, and you find yourself not caring about it. It’s not that your immune to the mess. But you’ve fallen out of love with your home. If this is the case, you can feel as if any effort would be a waste of time. Nothing can make the house better. And it’s true that if you don’t love your decor anymore, you’re less likely to want to look after your home. So, maybe it’s time to bring something new to your interior and find your excitement again. A little DIY can go a long way if it’s well planned. Whether you decide to paint a wall or build a custom-made shelf, making it yourself adds a new dimension to the room. Designers have plenty of tips on what to do to improve your style with minimal touches. The addition of wallpaper in an otherwise dull space, such as a transitional area like a corridor, can inject a sense of playfulness and fun. Patterned wallpaper, especially, can turn mundane into extraordinary.
Outside Your Home
Love Your Garden Again
Keeping your indoors tidy is one thing, but don’t forget your backyard. Ultimately, spring cleaning is about preparing your home for the warm month, and it means looking after the garden before the summer. Homeowners who neglected their garden during the winter months can struggle to motivate themselves to create a beautiful space ahead of summer. But don’t let the overgrown grass affect your motivation. You can tidy up the area rapidly with a lawnmower, and if you’re worried about maintenance processes, you can get in touch with professional lawn care contractors to do all the hard work for you. Clearing and trimming the yard can motivate you to add exciting flowers and plants.
Don’t Forget the Garage
Out of sight, out of mind. As the saying goes, anything you don’t see tends to fall into oblivion. Unsurprisingly enough, this applies to rooms you don’t use often. The garage and the garden shed are typically kept locked throughout the year so that you never get to experience how messy the space can be. However, each time you need a tool, you know you need to plan extra time to retrieve what you need. Dedicating an afternoon to clear and organize your tools can not only maintain the overall tidy impression, but it also facilitates any DIY work. A slat wall, like a shed, can turn into a hanging tool display. Similarly, you can also use lockers and drawers to keep everything organized in one place.
The bottom line is this: being tidy requires dedication. Most homes tend to get messy as a result of bad habits, lack of care and attention, and lack of motivation. Managing these obstacles can help you to keep your home spotless for longer.