Ok, people. Stay calm. It’s finally happening. WINTER IS OVER.
Doesn’t it feel so good to finally be out of hibernation? Here in New York City, the birds are chirping, mariachi bands are playing on the subway (actually, they always do that), and there is an air of excitement everywhere you turn. Spring is a time for fresh starts and no fresh start is complete without a little cleaning. Spring cleaning, that is.
Living minimalist is its own form of liberation. And listen, I totally get it. Cleaning sucks and it’s time-consuming. So, I challenge you for the next 30 days to complete this list. By the end of the month, you’re gonna be so happy.
You will need some tools before you start.
To keep track of anything around your house that looks like it’s going to be a major project you need to complete sometime after the month is complete. Examples include sorting old photos into a scrapbook or organizing your closet.
Self-explanatory. This is stuff that is going to those in need. It’s also helpful to keep a running list of bigger items that need to be donated.
For Sale Box
Because making money for your efforts is a great motivator in making sure you keep at it!
Is it broken? Put it in here. We’ll get back to it later.
Sort It Later Box
Let’s say you find a rolling pin inside your nightstand. Resist all urge to run back to the kitchen. Just throw it in this box and make a note to sort it later.
I’ll make this easy for you and deliver your challenge in bite-sized chunks. Here are your next five days:
- Wet a rag with Dawn, then attach it to a Swiffer Sweeper. Wipe down the corners of your ceiling, shooting for clearing out cobwebs.
- Take down your window drapes and get them washed at the dry cleaners.
- Wipe down and dust the bookshelves.
- Vacuum. Like, really vacuum. Every corner of your house.
- Clean all the mirrors in your home – all of them.
- Organize and vacuum underneath all the beds in your house. Keep an eye out for items that could be donated or sold.
- Switch out soaps, air fresheners, and candles from winter scents to light and refreshing spring scents.
- Replace toothbrush or toothbrush head.
- Throw out old hairstyling products. Clean hair out of brushes.
- Get rid of your expired makeup. YES, makeup expires. If it’s liquid, chuck it if it’s over three months old. If it’s powder, it’s shelf life is usually two years. An “off” scent can indicate that it’s expired, too.
- Wash makeup brushes with a brush cleaner.
- Wipe down vanity or makeup drawer.
- Throw away expired medicines.
- Clean out purses, backpacks, and suitcases.
- Get rid of the linens that you no longer use – towels, washcloths, and bedsheets.
- Replace or restock your first aid kit.
- Go through your shoe collection. Sort by which ones need to be cleaned/repaired, donated, or sold.
- Go through your sock drawer. Get rid of any socks that have lost their mate. So sad, I know. You can always make them washrags!
- Wash garbage cans and recycling bins.
- Get your car detailed at the car wash.
And that’s part one. See, that wasn’t so bad!
My inspiration for this post. I highly recommend following Elizabeth's cleaning program as well.