Coming Out of the Dark: Tips on Spring Cleaning and Organizing

spring cleaningSpring brings thoughts of flowers, birds, and fresh air. It also brings to mind that it’s time to get clean and organized and bring a breath of fresh air to your home. Here are some tips to bring you out of the dark and into the light air of spring.

Use the Correct Tools
When you are cleaning and organizing you need the right tools to help you get the job done as fast as possible. Make sure you have dust cloths for dusting so you don’t have to use additional sprays. Just wipe the dust and move on to the next chore. You will want rubber gloves for deep cleaning. This way, you won’t dry out or burn your hands with harsh chemicals, and you won’t burn your hands in hot water.

Ruthless Decluttering
If you don’t love it, or you haven’t used it since the last time you did your spring cleaning, it’s clutter and you need to get rid of it. Make decluttering your quest. You will have less clutter and be able to find things you are looking for without having to go through all of that extra stuff.

If the items you are getting rid of are in good condition, consider donating them to charity. The charity can sell the items or give them away to people in need. This way, you get a clean house and help someone furnish their home. Everybody wins.

If you need help decluttering contact a professional from NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers.  The local chapter has numerous organizers that specialize in helping you get your space under control.  For more information, please go to their website at

Make it Fun
Don’t think of spring cleaning and organizing as a chore. Think of it as an exercise to help you feel good. Put on some fun music and dance through your chores. Set a timer and play “beat the clock” to see how fast you can get done. When you are finished, reward yourself with something relaxing like watching a movie or a nice long bubble bath.

Remove Distractions
Turn off the TV and let voicemail take your calls. If a friend stops by you can ask them to come back later or tell them you will drop by their place when you are done. If you have kids, get them to help you or send them to a friend’s house to play. You will get a lot more work done without any distractions.

Write a Checklist
Make a list of all the jobs you want to get done. If you have to take large items like rugs out to be cleaned, or if you have dry cleaning to go out, write all of these things down on the list and you won’t forget to do them. You can also make a pick-up list so you won’t forget to go back and pick them up when they are ready.

The Inside of Things
While it’s important to clean all the stuff you see on a daily basis, it’s also important to clean the things you can’t see. Spring is a great time to organize your closets, drawers, cabinets, and pantries. You can take things out to dust and do the organizing while putting everything back.

Open Your Windows
The house has been closed up all winter because of the cold, so spring cleaning is the perfect time to open up your windows. This is a great way to get rid of the musty air from being closed up for so long, replace stale air with fresh air, let the sunshine in, and protect yourself from breathing in fumes from your cleaning products. The fresh air can also give you a boost of energy to help keep you going through your chores.

Supply Storage
When you are getting ready to undertake a big chore like spring cleaning and organizing, it helps to have a central location for all of your tools and cleaning supplies. At Garage Décor and More, we can help by designing a custom closet to keep all of your supplies and tools organized so that you will always have easy access to them. We have solutions to Organize, Personalize and Maximize your space to achieve the best spring cleaning you can get.