Part 4: Your 25 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

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Welcome to part four of your challenge! Oh-em-gee. Click here for part 3.

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 16

  • Declutter your front hall closet.
  • Go through all your suitcases and purses – clean and declutter them.
  • Dust the screens of your televisions and computers. Deep clean your keyboards.
  • Vacuum the eff out of your couches. Vacuum underneath them, on them, and in between the cushions.

Day 17

  • Wash your winter sweaters and store them for next year.
  • Do you still have Christmas lights up or other winter decorations? Now is the time to stash them away for next year.
  • Organize/sort your CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes. Do you even still have these?
  • Open windows in every room to air them out. Obviously, don’t do this if you’re experiencing an April shower.

Day 18

  • You know you’ve been accumulating a ton of coins. Take them over to the bank for some bonus cash.
  • Go through your drawers of knick-knacks. Throw out pens that don’t work, nail clippers that are aging, and anything else that needs to go.
  • Clean the floors of all the closets in your home. Re-organize your shoes and get ready to donate a few pairs, too.
  • Take the shoes that need repairs to your cobbler.
  • If you have a basement, reorganize and declutter the storage areas and shelves. Resist the urge to start doing any projects down there!

Day 19

  • Get a new shower curtain liner.
  • Sweep your front steps, patio, and threshold.
  • Organize your hobby supplies. For me, this is organizing all of my running gear and shoes.
  • Go through your books and figure out which ones you’d like to donate to the local library.

Day 20

  • Dust your stairs and banister, then vacuum.
  • Take clothing that needs to be repaired to your tailor.
  • Clean the shower and sink drains in your home. First, pour boiling water down the drain, add baking soda, and then add vinegar. Cover the drain for 15 minutes. Then, wash it all down with more boiling water

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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