Get in the Spring Cleaning Frame of Mind.
Attack your spring cleaning with intention. Have a plan and a budget.
Two main pitfalls I notice when spring cleaning is, I notice every little speck of dirt and every chip in the baseboards. I also tend to organize “all the things” and go a tad over budget. I thought back to the years I was successful and here is what I came up with.
Step 1: Determine your budget and stick to it!
If your budget is low or $0, you may need to start pulling things out to sell on Craigslist or at a yard sale in order to have the money for your projects.
Step 2: Make a master list of immediate goals. List them in order based on how they affect your daily life.
Example: Making your pantry more efficient takes priority over your linen closet OR parking in your garage may take priority over your pantry.
Step 2: Make a list of all the steps you need to accomplish to reach your main goals and items you may need to purchase.
Step 3: Evaluate the rest of the house.
Go through each room and mark down everything you have wanted to do no matter how small. Then mark them a NEED vs WANT.
This helps avoid the never ending cycle of running into “more things to-do” while you are in the middle of a project.
Step 4: List your projects in order of importance with cost estimates, and get a Spring Cleaning Day on your schedule! I suggest 1 room per weekend in order to not get overwhelmed.
Keep an eye on our Home Organization Pinterest Board for ideas. Tons are free or low cost!
Be creative! Start to look around the house for containers and supplies that could work with your top projects. I have a love hate relationship with storage containers. I LOVE buying “things to put things in” but it makes me grumpy to spend money on storing items I don’t use. Make sense? If you are having a creative slump, feel free to post a picture of the area with a budget on our Facebook page and we will give you suggestions. Post the same picture on your Facebook status and you will get tons of feedback from your friends as well.
Window shop online first. Get comfy on the couch, grab your laptop or ipad and surf the waves of the great internet for inspiration. See what store are featuring for organization ideas. Pin good ideas to your own Pinterest board and start envisioning your new space.
Take measurements! Know what your space boundaries are when you are shopping.
Ask a friend. If you have a trouble spot that you just can’t get right, ask a friend to come over and give their perspective on a new twist for the room.
What are some of your favorite spring cleaning habits? I love to talk organizing, cleaning and saving money. It may be a tad geeky, but it puts me in my happy place. 🙂