In this day and age, it is more important than ever to keep your house clean. With many American people now working from home or still under obligatory stay-at-home orders, anybody with a non-essential job has abruptly found themselves with a great deal of extra spare time. Between social distancing and this, there isn’t a better time to make the most of the situation and start some house projects like spring cleaning.
After all, while it’s hard not to feel ultimately defeated by stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, it’s good to remember our homes are the one thing we do have control over. While spring cleaning is an annoying task under any circumstances, it’s far less complicated if a specific plan of action is implemented.
As for how to organize objects, lots of individuals believe the secret is being able to find things. but Brenda Prinzavalli, who’s a professional organizer based in Las Vegas, thinks differently. “When you’re very organized, you can remain that way as you know where to place things,” she says. “If you know where to place things, they stand a better chance of landing in their house, and then once you go to look for them, they are where they belong.”
Declutter The Bathroom
It’s best to take one area at a time for cleaning, beginning from the bathroom as it’s usually the smallest room in the home. You will have the confidence to take on spaces once that space is completed.
Bathrooms are a perfect space for germs, so disinfect handles, doorknobs, and other hardware before you begin the organizing process.
Get rid of and replace shower curtain liners, toilet brushes, trashcans, soap, and toothbrush holders, because these items can’t always be cleaned. Do not forget to clean the shower curtain.
Organize the vanity and medicine cabinet, tossing those almost empty bottles as well as personal care products, cosmetics, and medications that have expired. Then, make a list of what’s left.
If you are trying to fit big things such as towels, toilet paper cases, and products to a smaller area, consider buying pieces such as an over the toilet shelving system.
The storage and organization essentials are designed to deliver effortless order into your house — so no matter how much you will need to control that mess, investing in simple and aesthetically pleasing storage is helpful.
Organize The Kitchen
Like bathrooms, kitchens are high use areas and require regular cleaning and organizing. From unused things, such as gourmet gadgets rarely used, to expired condiments and foods as well as disordered things that belong someplace else, its good to start by concentrating on getting rid of these things first.
Katy Winter, who’s the founder of Katy’s Organized Home, suggests beginning with the junk drawer. “Take out everything and sort it by category,” she says. “What would make sense to maintain in a top kitchen drawer? Perhaps, a pad of keys, pens, and paper? Maybe, stamps and envelopes?”
While everyone’s home is different, the same rule still applies. “There is not any need for a drawer that’s solely a dumping ground of clutter,” she says.
Organizers suggest measuring the drawer and picking organizational accessories based on need and size. If everything has a place, it’s more realistic that it will be returned to that spot.
Similarly, approach the kitchen pantry by eliminating anything that is expired, old or unused.
Organize dishes and workwear, throwing out any cracked or broken pieces, broken food containers.
Go through your supply of water bottles throw out any that are broken or don’t have a matching lid. Throw away or recycle.
Lastly, clean your fridge and freezer shelves. The fridge is one place we recommend taking out everything and providing the shelves a great scrub down. It’s also the ideal time to check for any expired food.
Create An Efficient Home Office
Stay-at-home orders have made many people who usually work from offices to work from home. So, getting these rooms in order is essential.
The best home office environment has an ideal balance of productivity and comfort. When arranging a home office, begin first with clearing your workspace, as an organized work environment helps boost productivity.
Take inventory of old bills, files, etc. and remove papers that are no longer required or available digitally. It might be sensible to get a paper shredder. Then, put anything that has to be stored in a decorative file cabinet.
Manage desk drawers in the same manner as the kitchen trash drawer, by taking dimensions and selecting organizers accordingly. It is smart to install a charging station to maintain electronics looking neat and wires at bay.
Organize The Master Bedroom And Closet
Going through your wardrobe is the first step to handling the master bedroom. Organizing your clothes closet start with a couple of trips to your favorite donation or re-sale center (or online) consignment shop.
The rule is to get rid of clothing that hasn’t been worn in a year or no longer fits. When an item sparks joy, keep it. Otherwise, let it go. Look up the Marie condo method.
Even if donating old clothing is not possible, that is not a reason to avoid cleaning out your wardrobe. Consider reorganizing old textiles and transforming them into homemade masks. The New York Times later reported that because of N95 mask deficiencies, some clinics are receiving donations of homemade ones.
Make the very best use of the space you’ve got by interchanging out wire and plastic hangers for coordinating slim non-slip hangers. It’s better for your clothing and provides a more aesthetic to the cohesive cupboard.
Complete the look with storage containers and bins for things like bulky sweaters, particularly ones which have a transparent window that lets you see what’s inside. If you don’t wish to leave your clothes out, think about an armoire with doors.
Declutter Your Living Room
Living rooms are likely to become more cluttered, mainly in houses with children. A solution is to provide every family member with a basket or bin to put their stuff into. This keeps clutter contained, and everyone knows where to find their items.
A good start is for spring cleaning is by removing objects that don’t belong there. And keep things which do belong in that area. Fold blankets, straighten pillows, etc., to maintain the overall neat appearance.
If you have a good deal of things and objects are beginning to appear cluttered or un-styled, it is ideal for switching favorites seasonally. This also provides the space a minor refresh at no cost.
Get The Kids Involved
Cleaning out kids’ rooms ought to be a family job. Involve the children in finding storage spaces for their items, which helps them understand where to place them, and you stand a far better chance the children will put their things back.
Begin by going through their clothes and also make them try on all of the clothes to see what fits or might have holes in them. Trying on clothes will not be fun for most kids, therefor do that on one day.
Then the next day continue organizing and spring cleaning other things in their room. Their attention span is not very long, so make it a multi-day project. Make donation piles and have a continuous shopping list for what’s lacking in their closet.
Store bulky winter sweaters and ski equipment into a storage bin and bring back spring and summer items like swimwear and shorts. Seeing summer stuff is therapeutic, and it arouses excitement for spring and summer days ahead.
Parents should teach their children how to fold their clothing and to hold them responsible for placing things back in their drawers.
Make Sure To Disinfect And Clean
While a critical element of spring cleaning is organizing, it is particularly essential to disinfect and clean surfaces during the pandemic physically.
Experts suggest cleaning the ceiling fans or lighting fixtures in your residence. Look for dead bugs, dust, and burnt out light bulbs. If you can, have the wattage of lightbulbs match. Lighting in your house is crucial to give it the ‘homey’ vibe which most of us want to have. When switching to LED lightbulbs try to use the warm white bulbs.
Then they recommend wiping down the inside and outside of all the windows, including the windowsills and baseboards. Try to open the window so you can vacuum out any dust and dirt that has gathered over the last year. Additionally, be sure to use the right type of paper towel or cloth not to leave stripes or dust.
Then wash or dry-clean sheets. Run items that got plenty of love over the winter months through the wash such as throw pillows, blankets, and rugs, particularly high traffic rugs and outdoor rugs (if size permits). Washing and/or drying your throw pillows and blankets will reduce the dust mites.
While disinfecting surfaces like doorknobs, countertops, handles, etc., can help prevent germs from spreading.
Keep in mind many disinfectant products like Lysol and Clorox aren’t safe for all kinds of furniture and flooring, specifically wood, because they can damage the finish if that is the case, select safe, less harmful products (especially if you have young children), like Eco-Me floor, wood, and glass cleaners.
Keep in mind; you do not have to start spring cleaning the whole house in a weekend. Rather, consider taking on one room daily. The result will provide you a much-needed feeling of peace during this period of disorder.