The term “Spring Cleaning” gets a bad rap. It implies a whole lot of work when you’d rather be outside enjoying the first blissful days of Spring. No one really enjoys getting down on their hands and knees and wiping down the baseboards, do they?
Over the years I have found that the process of spring cleaning doesn’t have to be daunting. In fact, when broken into smaller, manageable cleaning and organizing projects it can actually be fun!
The key to actually completing your organizing projects is simple: start small.
Pick one mini-project that you can complete in an hour. Next week, tackle a two hour job. As you work your way from space to space, you’ll gain momentum that will carry you forward. Before you know it your spring cleaning + organizing projects will be behind you.
“But what can I do in one hour?” you might be wondering. So glad you asked!
Here are a few of my favorite “quick win” projects that will help you refresh your home for Spring in under an hour.
1. Upgrade Your Cleaning Caddy
Choosing cleaning products that feel good to use can transform a necessary chore into a pleasurable experience.
There are a wide range of products available that are both environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Most of us routinely purchase the same products we’ve always used, but when was the last time you took the time to browse the options? Consider treating yourself to an upgrade!
To invigorate your spring gleaning efforts, choose a small container you love and fill it with upgraded basics. My cleaning caddy includes essential oil counter spray and glass cleaner in refillable glass bottles (I like Grove collaborative concentrates), fresh microfiber cloths, and Magic Erasers.
2. Freshen Up Your Front Porch
Welcome Spring (and guests) to your home with a fresh entry. Sweep off the winter grime, hose down the cement, and wipe down windows. Then layer in a fresh seasonal doormat on top of a slightly larger indoor/outdoor rug. As soon as the weather allows, bring in some potted greenery for a fresh front door look.
3. Swap Out (Or Deep Clean) Bedding
Spring cleaning is a great time to focus on deep cleaning your bedroom.
Start by stripping all bedding (even the bed skirts) and run them through a deep clean or sanitize cycle on your washing machine if you have one. Sprinkle baking soda on mattresses, and let sit for a while before vacuuming mattress with a vacuum attachment. Wipe down head and footboards, and vacuum under and around bed before replacing bedding.
Consider swapping out heavy winter bedding for a lightweight comforter or a fresh duvet cover to carry you through spring and summer. Crisp white throw pillows always can also add a quick pick me up to a bedroom look!
4. Corral Your Chargers
If your chargers are currently shoved in a drawer and impossible to untangle, this will be a rewarding project.
Choose a compartmentalized storage container or a drawer divider insert and purchase a roll of double sided velcro.
Sort chargers by type, discarding or donating extras and/or chargers to outdated electronics. Then bundle the keepers and secure each one with about an inch of the velcro.
When you use a charger, remove it from its new home and leave the velcro in its place so it’s ready and waiting when it’s time to put the charger back.
5. Clean Out A Bathroom Drawer
The key here is to not try to tackle your entire bathroom in a day if you’re easily overwhelmed by cleaning and organizing. Just a drawer.
Choose a drawer you use often (your top drawer is a great place to start). Empty everything onto the counter and toss trash and expired or used -up products. Relocate anything that belongs elsewhere. Vacuum out inside of the drawer with a vacuum attachment and wipe down drawer and organizer inserts. If you want to incorporate drawer organizer inserts, now is the time to measure and plan. Place remaining items back in place, cleaning off as necessary.
Repeat daily or weekly until all drawers are complete.
6. Try File Folding
If you’ve never heard of “file folding”, this is a great time to give it a try!
There are lots of videos online to teach you how to file fold. Once you get the hang of it it is easy! I love it because it helps your clothes rest neatly in a drawer so that you can quickly and easily see EVERYTHING you have without digging to the bottom.
Again, start with just one drawer (jeans and t-shirts are my favorites for file folding).
File fold the contents of your drawer and marvel at the neatness. For bonus points, add a set of expandable drawer dividers to keep things looking extra tidy. This is one of the most satisfying organizing projects I have found.
7. Maintain Your Kitchen Appliances
I don’t know about you, but for me, maintaining my kitchen appliances is something that tends to fall to the back burner.
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to show those hardworking appliances, both big and small, some love.
Here are some ideas:
- Fill the sink with hot soapy water and pull out your crockpots, food processors, waffle makers, insta pots and any other appliances you use often. Wipe ‘em down, scrubbing the crevices with a scrub brush or a magic eraser. Shine up the surface of stainless steel appliances using a stainless steel cleaner.
- Descale your coffee maker and wash and rinse the components.
- Run your dishwasher empty with a cup of white vinegar in a glass on the upper tray. Then wipe down the inside and the gasket with a damp microfiber cloth and empty/rinse your dishwasher filter.
- Run a self-clean cycle on your oven.
- Empty out your refrigerator and wipe everything down with hot soapy water.
8. Clean Up Your Workspace
Clear clutter off your desk or work station by incorporating a wall-mounted storage system, like this board from IKEA, in your office space.
Shelves and hooks help keep frequently used supplies visible and out of the way. Clips allow you to store important paperwork in an easily accessible way.
I also love a unit like this for organizing projects by the back door to hold mail, school papers and keys if that is more of a problem area for you.
The only thing better than the feeling of checking all those Spring cleaning tasks off your list is sitting back and enjoying the fruits of your labor- a clean, well-functioning home. I hope these ideas for quick organizing projects help inspire you to find a new way to love your space this season.
This article originally appeared in Loveland and South Magazine.
All photos by Christa Tippman Photography