As the weather warms and we come out of “hibernation," it can only mean one thing: it’s time for spring cleaning! (Or is that just us?!) By the time spring rolls around, chances are your house is in need of a deep cleaning: your closet is overflowing with clothes, dust has accumulated in places you didn’t know existed, and clutter is popping out of drawers all over the house.  Luckily, there's no need to be overwhelmed by cleaning your house this year. We’ve got you covered with our favorite little known tips to clear out clutter and purge old items for a clutter-free spring. Who's with us?

Top Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Home

1.     De-clutter BEFORE You Clean.

As hard as we try to keep our houses neat and clean, it’s inevitable that we accumulate more stuff throughout the year.  It can be much easier to clean your house when clutter has been cleared out.

To keep overwhelm at bay, focus on one room at a time. Grab a box and get rid of the stuff that isn’t pertinent: old papers, receipts, duplicate items, toys that aren’t used, boxes, old magazines, etc. Give yourself permission to only keep the things that are currently useful (despite it being a gift from your mother-in-law or something you think you “may” need one day). Decluttering can often seem tedious and boring, so jazz it up with some great music, a partner, or the promise of a reward when you’re done!

2.     Clear Out Those “Don’t Love” Items From Your Closet.

It can be intimidating to begin clearing out your closet, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor to leave you feeling energized and lighter (physically and mentally!). We hold on to clothes for many different reasons (“maybe I’ll wear that someday…”), but this is a great time of year to be ruthless about what you keep in your closet! A great decision maker is this rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in six months (and you don’t love it!), it gets tossed or donated. Grab all of your old items and take them over to Goodwill or Dress For Success, where your old clothes will be given a good home.

3.     Clean Those Forgotten Places

There are plenty of places in the house where we put our “extras”: those items that we don’t have a place for, but don’t want to throw out! Spring is a great time to evaluate whether or not we want to keep them. Clear out those forgotten places in your house: the garage, under the bed, the office, kitchen junk drawers, the playroom, or any other area where your “stuff” gets stored. Do an inventory and put items into four categories: keep, donate, sell, and toss. Host a garage sale, put items up on Facebook Marketplace, or donate them to ARC.

4.     Don’t Skip The Fridge!

Even if you’re diligent about throwing out leftovers and food that has gone bad, there are likely to be condiments and other items that have been expired for months. Empty out both your fridge and freezer and take an inventory: check for expiration dates, freezer burn and other spoiled items. Before putting everything back in, wipe down all the shelves and drawers (a great combo for washing is a vinegar and water solution!). Organize your items before putting them back in, and viola, your refrigerator will feel like new!  

5.     Bring Some Life Back Into Your Space

Buying some fresh flowers or a beautiful new plant can add some spring “pizazz” after a long winter.  Strategically placing flowers & plants around your house can make any area feel lively and fresh! For beautiful plants and flowers, check out Urban Roots and Planted for great in season deals!