Spring is here, and for many of us, it is time to clean out all the dust and put away our winter clothing and get organized. Who doesn’t want to feel fresh and clean with the new spring morning sun? It is one of my favorite things. Spring cleaning can take a lot of time, and take a lot out of you. I have created a 2-piece series that offers tips for spring cleaning if you have less than 30 minutes. Then next week, I will be offering tips of getting organized when you have an entire afternoon or whole weekend to spring clean.
If you have:
- Clear the bathroom counter. Put your hair products and tools in the drawer or cabinet and keep a makeup bag available to store your makeup when you’re not using it.
- Hang up the clothes you’re not planning to wear that day, fold your Pj’s and put in the drawer or under your pillow.
- Go through your mail pile and remove all the magazines, newsletters and junk mail. The pile will not seem as daunting and much more managable once you remove all that bulk mail.
- Do a quick inventory of your fridge, throw out any spoiled foods and wipe up any spills.
- If you have any items that need to be returned to the store, bring the bags out to the car so they are one step closer to going back and out of the way.
- Remove outdated items from bulletin board, or fridge.
- Clean off the coffee table, and end tables. Take dishes or coffee cups to the kitchen, and recycle any old newspapers or magazines.
- Do the next step in laundry. If wet, put in dryer. If dry, fold, if you have a pile of dirty clothes, put in wash.
- If you have clutter on your counter, move the shelves in your cabinets. Most can be adjusted to fit larger items like blender, coffee maker, etc.
- Make a pocket zone spot for your or your husband’s junk from pockets like change, receipts, keys. Place a tray or bowl near the door or your nightstand to allow everything to be pulled out of pockets and laid there.
- Unwrap large purchases like toilet paper, paper towels, or anything bought in bulk. By taking the wrapping off, it will actually save you space in your pantry or shelves.
- Consolidate almost empty cleaning supplies.
- Fold the clothes in one drawer at a time. Match socks, fold clothes, donate old clothes. Do one a day until all drawers are done. Won’t seem so daunting of a task.
- Clean out your car. Throw out trash, shake out the mats, do a quick wipe down of the dashboard, bring kids toys or gadgets into the house and keep in a basket near the door.
- Have a spot for incoming paper bills and place near checkbook, pen, stamps return address labels. I use a see-through folder and clean out each month.
- Clean off your dining table. It can be a family spot to drop everything from coats, crafts, homework and papers. Put all in designated spots.
- While watching t.v. you can shred old documents and sensitive mail. Or, fold the laundry if it has been piling up.
- Match your food storage containers with their matching lids. To store them, stack bins in graduating size order and gather lids separately to save space.
Here is a post with tips if you have More than 30 Minutes to do your spring cleaning.