People always come into my house and comment on how well kept it is. And I pride myself on having a clean home. I'm constantly walking through the house and making sure everything is neat and where it belongs. Plus wiped down and disinfected, I am a hugeee germ-a-phob. You can see my daily and weekly cleaning routine here.
Lately though, I've been feeling there is always something I can do better.. Clean better, organize more effienently, etc. I find myself walking from room to room feeling overwhelmed that it's just not clean enough, even when I just finished. This was causing me a lot of added anxiety and stress. Which in turn was affecting me, my husband and our children. I was constantly snapping at everyone to pick up after themselves. I wasn't spending as much time with my kids and my husband as I wanted because I was always cleaning. And when I did stop to do family things, I was either thinking about cleaning or afterwards I went into a manic cleaning frenzy. I felt so guilty.
I had been hearing for months about "The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up" and figured it was worth a read. Anything to help at this point right? No matter how crazy it seemed. So I downloaded the ebook on my kindle and started reading. I finished the book in a matter of hours and absolutely couldn't wait to begin!
There were a few things I did differently to make it work better for me. I went room by room, instead of doing the entire house as a whole. But I still did the categories the way she explains to do. So I figured I'd just treat each space as its own individual home. Reason being, there are 8 people in this house so to collect and go through everyone's clothes at once wouldn't work. Plus with an 8 month old baby, I needed to be able to take breaks. If I did the house all at once I would've had mass chaos if I had to stop mid project. I also saved some sentimental stuff I probably could've gotten rid of. But there was some stuff I just really wanted to keep, even if it didn't completely "bring me joy". But we'll see where my head is at when I do it again next season.
I purchased some new things for the house as well. Bins, baskets, cubbys, shelves, etc. Plus, a lot of new home decor items. I wanted to really have every room in the house make me feel happy when I walked into it! Completely organized and decorated to my liking! After all, the whole point of this is about finding what brings you joy.
One of the things I realized while reading this book is it's not just about physical things. It's about mental and emotional things too. Get rid of ANYTHING that doesn't spark joy. Anything weighing you down. Whether that be stress, anxiety, a toxic relationship. Really clear out your life! It was a truly wonderful experience!
Don't get me wrong it was a lot of work, but I feel such a weight lifted. I won't lie to you, this whole process took me weeks! But my house has never looked better! And it's easier to keep clean and organized now that we have less stuff! I have more time for my family since I spend less time cleaning or worrying about cleaning. It's a much more minimalistic lifestyle. Only keep things that serve a purpose or make you happy! I wish I would've done this years ago!
On top of doing the Konmari I also did a deep clean of the house.. So without further ado, my Spring (Seasonal) Cleaning Checklist.
- Dust molding and baseboards.
- Dust ceiling corners.
- Dust/wash light fixtures and lamps.
- Wipe down ceiling fans.
- Wash doors (look for scuff marks).
- Wash walls.
- Touch up paint.
- Wash window curtains.
- Wash window blinds.
- Clean windows and screens.
- Shampoo furniture and carpets.
- Wipe down lampshades.
- Polish wood furniture and floors.
- Clean air vents.
- Dust around mirrors, picture frames, and wall hangings (I do this weekly when I dust).
- Replace light bulbs.
- Disinfect remotes and controllers (I do this weekly).
- Change air/furnace filter.
- Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Clean in and under appliances.
- Empty cabinets and drawers, wipe them down, put back only what you use.
- Check expiration of all food, baking supplies and spices.
- Clean washing machine, there's a great how-to here.
- Vacuum out dryer vent/ tubing.
- File all bills, paperwork and documents and shred or burn what's not needed, you can find a what to keep list here.
- Vacuum mattresses.
- Organize closets, donate or toss any clothes you no longer need.
- Organize drawers, specifically nightstands.
- Go through kids toys, movies, books and games. Trash anything broken, ripped or missing pieces, donate what your kids don't use, reorganize what they do.
- Clean out garage. Dust, sweep, organize, toss, donate!
- Complete any big house projects (painting for example.
- Schedule chimney sweep.
- Schedule exterminator/ pest control maintenance.
- If the weather is nice, do a yard clean up. A well manicured front of house is the first impression people get/ see when they arrive.
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