When spring cleaning meets a house that needs to be “market ready” you learn a thing or two about how to spring clean and purge the right way, like a boss. I have been working on our home for just over a month now and today I wanted to share with you a few tips that I have learned from the process.
#1 Clean & Purge vs Clean then purge
Knowing the order on this can be tricky, but I found a simple method that worked great for me. If I was purging the inside of a cabinet I did both at the same time. But any other kind of cleaning (base boards, door frames, touching up paint) I saved til our purging was complete. Rooms take less time to deep clean if they have been decluttered.
#2 Start fresh
If you’re purging your Tupperware drawer, empty the entire drawer. If you’re sorting through your closet, take everything out. Not only will this help you to clean more thoroughly, but you will look at things differently if you physically have to put them back instead of just sorting through the clutter.
#3 Create Zones
I purged our house by putting things into 6 different zones: Keep, Donate, Sale, Pack, Toss & Mystery pile. That mystery pile is still in the hall closet and I feel clueless what to do with that stuff. I guess I better decide soon 🙄 . Purging things into zones helps to maintain some sanity amidst the chaos.
#4 Keep Focus
As much as I wanted to just start ripping through the house, grabbing this and that, I didn’t. In order to maintain a certain level of sanity I knew that purging the whole house at once wasn’t a good idea. I started with a closet, finished it, and moved on to another. Then I tackled one bedroom, then another. The process took days to complete. Doing things by room made the job feel more manageable.
#5 Be Careful
A good friend (Hi Amy) warned me to be cautious while I purged and I am so glad she did. When you are sorting through your 25th pile you eventually start to get discouraged and just want to be done. At this point you can start just tossing things for the sake of being done. You’re not thinking clearly and may let go of things that you will later regret. Keeping this in mind, mid purge, is really helpful and a good reminder to be patient with the process.
#6 Less is Easier
Less may not actually be more, but it is easier. The less things I have the easier it is to keep things clean and maintain some sort of system? True!!! Since we are getting ready to live in a home that is for sale I took this advice to heart. I literally minimized every single area of our life. Things have been SO much easier to keep organized now. Maybe I’ll never unpack all of that stuff I put away 😆 .
#7 Don’t do it alone
Cleaning and purging an entire home can be stressful, overwhelming, depressing… Shall I continue? Sure there are somethings that you have to do alone, and there were times that I just wanted to be left alone too, but ask for help when you can. I often forget just how much help my girls can be and Russ did a great job of helping out and encouraging me along the way.
#8 Clean Simply
Some of my favorite things to clean with are things that I already have on hand like vinegar and essential oils. Cleaning this way really helps to save money over buying costly cleaners and is a more natural approach. Two of my blogging friends recently wrote posts on those topics that you can check out to learn more. Essential oils – Wife Mommy Me, Vinegar – The Sirois Family
#9 Magic Erasers are Your Friend
As I just said, I am all about the natural, simple cleaning products. But when all else fails, grab a magic eraser. These things have saved me SO much time and spared me from touching up paint countless times. They really are magic! I like to buy them in bulk at Sam’s Club to save money!
#10 Celebrate the Process and the Victory
Spring cleaning can be so exhausting but it is SO rewarding to regain control over the mess too. Be sure to take time to really appreciate your hard work with every room you complete. We are still in the midst of finishing ours, but you can guarantee when we do finish, we WILL celebrate! Every job well done deserves a victory dance.
Tell me one of your favorite spring cleaning tips in the comments below!
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