Part 3: Your 25 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

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Welcome to part THREE of your challenge! We’re so close, people. Click here for part 2.

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 11

  • Make sure your first aid kits have all the necessary supplies – restock when necessary.
  • Switch out your seasonal clothing for spring/summer items.
  • Throw out your pet’s used up toys and get him some new ones!

Day 12

  • Take out every item on your bathroom shelves and in the drawers. Throw unnecessary items away and replace expired/empty items.
  • Before you put everything back, wipe down the shelves.
  • Deep clean every chair in your household. Vacuum underneath them.

Day 13

  • Recycle magazines and newspapers. Rule of thumb: if you haven’t read a magazine in a month, or a newspaper in a month – sayonara!
  • Organize or pitch those paper and plastic grocery bags under your sink.
  • Throw out any expired food. If you’re not 100% sure, throw it out.

Day 14

  • Deep clean the cabinets under every sink. Take all the items out, scrub down the floor and sides. Throw out any items you haven’t used in a few months.
  • Wash and/or replace bathrobes and slippers.
  • Clean out your fireplace (if you have one).

Day 15

  • Declutter and reorganize your garage.
  • Declutter cups, mugs, and any other dishware.

And that’s part three.  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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