It’s that time of year when the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the temperature is rising and I just can’t help but get that itch to clear all the junk out of my house.
Here are a few tips that make my yearly spring cleaning a little easier, plus a fantastic deal on resources to help you save time, clear the clutter faster and maybe even make some money off your old stuff.
I don’t know about you but I just get this urge to purge. I want all of the junk that’s been hiding in dark closets and crowded eaves all winter long to be gone so that my house is as fresh and minimal as an apple orchard in bloom. Or at least as fresh and minimal as a house can be with two rambunctious preschoolers, a crazy hyper puppy and an elderly dog trying to constantly sabotage my spring cleaning vibes.
Before you go bananas pulling every single item of clothing out of your closet, here are some of my best tips for that spring clean declutter.
1. set realistic expectations
I am notorious for biting off more than I can chew and overestimating just how much I can get done in one day. Just ask my husband. ; ) I get that spring cleaning itch and before you know it I’m running from room to room, like the little ADHD fairy that could, starting one project here, starting another project there. Then before I know it my house is completely turned upside down, it’s 7pm on a Saturday and I have absolutely nothing to show for my “cleaning” day. Sound familiar?
Set realistic expectations of what you hope to accomplish during each cleaning session. You are only one person and you only have a finite amount of energy. It is impossible to think that you will be able to declutter 10 years worth of cluttering in one afternoon. When you break the work down into more bite size chunks and don’t put all the pressure on yourself to get it all done in one day, that’s where you’ll see real progress
2. Get rid of distractions
Silence your phone or better yet put it in another room from the one you are working on. Nothing kills productivity faster than falling down an hour long Instagram rabbit hole.
Send the kiddos to grandma’s house, enlist the hubby to entertain them in the backyard or the playground or set up a playdate. You know that saying “Cleaning a house with kids is like trying to brush your teeth while eating Oreos” It’s absolutely true. Nothing causes a full-on meltdown from a 3 year old faster than them seeing that you’re trying to declutter the half-broken toys at the bottom of the toybox in the playroom. Because toys that haven’t been played with in over a year are obviously their “favorite in the whole world! You’re not taking that, are you? But I NEED it!” Trust me on this one, decluttering is a kid-free zone.
3. THROW ON SOME TUNES
Some of the most vivid memories of my childhood are of my mom cleaning on Saturday mornings. She would prop open our screen door with a barstool, send us outside to play and crank some Reba. 90s country was the soundtrack of childhood and to this day so many songs take me back to those Saturday morning cleaning sessions.
I have put together a playlist of Ultimate 90s Country Spring Cleaning Tunes for your listening pleasure:
And if 90s country isn’t your jam then throw on whatever your music of choice is and crank it. It’s so much easier to sift through all your junk when you’re bobbing your head along to great music.
4. Make a Plan
Remember how I told you I like to go from room to room, starting a decluttering project and then only half finishing it? Yea, that’s not the way to go about it.
Quite frankly this step is the one that I get the most hung up on. Luckily I found a fantastic set of resources to help make a plan to tackle all the clutter
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