10 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips to Organize Your Year

 

Are you getting organized this spring? Chances are, you haven't made a spring cleaning plan that will set the tone for a productive year.

 

Check out these ten essential spring cleaning tips, and look for a few bonus ideas at the end:

 

  1. Welcome-in spring: focus on tasks that create renewal — the way dusting and window washing enhances your fresh air and sunshine indoors
  2. Set the mark high: remember that certain areas of the home — kitchen, bathrooms, kids rooms — require higher sanitary standards than others
  3. Don't forget your workspace: include your home office, desk, and inbox; be sure to spend time filing and recycling letters, catalogs and email
  4. Prepare your tools: store task-specific supplies together in a labeled bucket (e.g. "dusting supplies") making them easier to find next time you need them
  5. Minimize yourself: make decisions to purge your house of rarely used and unnecessary items; create boxes of items to sell and things to donate
  6. Clean your financial house too: this is a great time to sort your tax info, organize your bills, and improve your financial habits
  7. Hire out: certain tasks can be hired out affordably, allowing you to focus time elsewhere; get rates from a local maid service or lawn crew
  8. Begin one new habit: commit yourself to a new healthy activity, like cleaning the refrigerator weekly or buying more green products
  9. Plan forward: use this time to set in stone some daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning routines; write your household cleaning plan and keep it in your planner
  10. Don't create more waste: consider the environmental impact of your cleaning by using reusable towels,