Part 2: Your 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

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Welcome to part two of your challenge!  Click here for part 1.

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.

Don’t forget your tools!

A Notebook

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.

Donation Box

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!

Repair Box

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:

Day 6

  • Take out your appliances and clean all of them.  That includes the plugs, tops, bottoms, sides, and anything else associated with them.
  • Clean out your microwave and wash off your stove.
  • Sort your dresser and pull out any items that haven’t been worn in a year.  It’s time to donate, sell, or trash them.
  • Put all your rugs and bathroom mats in the wash.

Day 7

  • Deep clean your refrigerator – take out items and scrub down shelves.
  • Clean ice trays.
  • Toss expired and old food in the refrigerator and pantry shelves.
  • Wash all couch covers, pillow cases, and blankets in your house.

Day 8

  • Wash your winter accessories: hats, gloves, and scarves.
  • Dry clean your winter coats.
  • Sanitize your remote controls.
  • Sanitize your electronics: phones, tablets, computers.

Day 9

  • Polish your jewelry.  Pitch any items that aren’t worth saving.
  • Organize your “junk” drawer.
  • Wash your ironing board.  Put it in the laundry with your tea towels and kitchen towels.
  • Wash your windows and their screens.

Day 10

  • Clean out your air conditioner if it’s a window unit.
  • Clean off your windowsills and frames.
  • Wash your reusable water filter pitcher.
  • Tend to your plants or replace them.

And that’s part two.  Aren’t you feeling better already?

My inspiration for this post.  I highly recommend following Elizabeth's cleaning program as well.



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