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Spring Cleaning Ideas

Spring showers bring may flowers? Maybe in other parts of the world, but here in Michigan it’s not spring showers, it’s spring snows. Regardless of how cold it is outside, the spring vibe still manages to pervade even the gloomiest Michigan days: the birds are beginning to sing again and some flowers are beginning to brave the frost.

I don’t know what it is about spring, but it makes me want to clean things. Here are my best spring cleaning tips that will leave you feeling refreshed.

Start Small

Not everyone gets giddy about cleaning like I do. If you get easily overwhelmed with cleaning or organizing, try starting small. Start with one drawer in the kitchen or one drawer in your dresser. Like magic, big tasks can feel small when broken up into manageable parts.

Have a Cleaning Party

Maybe you have kids, or a husband in the house. What if you made a game out of cleaning and got everyone involved? Tackle a project together, but do it in a fun way; play loud music, order a pizza, or do something special to celebrate cleaning accomplishments.

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Get Rid of One Thing A Day

Go through your closets and find things you haven’t used in over a year. I paired down half of my closet last year with this simple method. And guess what? I don’t miss any of the clothes I got rid of! Why? Because my tastes dramatically changed and I only kept the clothes because they were expensive or in good condition. There’s no reason for us to have “good” clothes or things if we are not using them.

Reward Yourself

Like having a cleaning party, try rewarding yourself to make cleaning more manageable. I have a really hard time getting rid of old clothes for example. I make deals with myself that if I get rid of 7 things I don’t wear, I can buy myself one that I love.

Sell or Repurpose

There are things you just can’t fathom getting rid of because you paid good money for them or they have sentimental value. For valuable items, try eBay or craigslist. You will be surprised how good it feels to sell something you never use! If you have sentimental attachment to the item, try making something out of it that won’t take up space in your drawers, shelves, and closets. I’ve seen great blankets made from t-shirts, greeting cards made into books, etc. Pinterest holds a plethora of ideas!

I hope this get’s you started in your spring cleaning endeavors. Happy cleaning!

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  • Reply Korina Moran April 12, 2016 at 7:40 am

    These tips tie beautifully into the concepts of a book I’m reading, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. (You might like it.) Thanks for the reinforcement in keeping a clean, simple, tidy life of joy.

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