With winter turning into spring it is time for some spring cleaning! Not only dusting and decluttering the home, but cleaning out mental and emotional clutter as well. Cleaning has shown to have a direct positive impact on mental health, with clutter potentially leading to depression.
With many different spring cleaning tips and tricks on the internet it is easy to get overwhelmed, but the process is actually quite easy. The hardest part is getting started!
Use this guide to help spring clean your home and mind.
Start by gathering all of your cleaning supplies and even get out your spring cleaning safety checklist.
Let’s Spring Into Cleaning
The entryway is often neglected when cleaning all other areas of your home because you really only pass through it while entering or exiting your home. Making it one of the worst areas dirt and grime build up.
With the entryway being the first and last place that you and your guests see of your home we are going to start here:
- Shake off the door mat and sweep the porch
- Put away any shoes, jackets, hats, etc…
- Clean the windows and blinds
- Dust off light fixtures and any shelves
- Sweep and mop the floors
Everyone wants a spotless kitchen and while cleaning certain surfaces and areas in your kitchen may be a daily or weekly thing, there are many other surfaces in your kitchen that should be deep cleaned every now and then to keep a sanitary and nice looking kitchen.
- Dust light fixtures and above cabinets
- Clean windows
- Take everything out of the fridge, freezer and pantry
- Throw out any expired food
- Wipe down the interior and shelves
- Scrub down the interior of all appliances (microwave, oven, dishwasher, etc…)
- Wipe down the exteriors
- Wipe down countertops, cabinets, knobs, and backsplash
- Deep clean your sink and faucet
- Wash any floor mats/ rugs
- Sweep and mop the floor
You want to fall asleep in a cloud and not a pile of dust. Being one of the main places you relax and sleep in it is important to not only clean it weekly, but to deep clean it every now and then.
Create a clear mind going to bed by having a clean bedroom.
- Clean up dirty clothes and any other unwanted items
- Organize closet and drawers
- Wash bed sheets and pillow cases
- Dust above drawers, on any shelves, and light fixtures
- Clean windows
- Vacuum or sweep and mop
Lastly let’s tackle the bathroom! Let’s be honest, being one of the most heavily used rooms in the house, gunk builds up rapidly and can make a relaxing bath/shower a reality or not.
- Remove everything from shelves and drawers
- Throw out any expired/ unwanted products
- Dust and wipe down
- Clean the mirror
- Deep clean: sink and faucet, shower and tub, & interior and exterior of toilet
- Wipe down: toothbrush holder, handles & knobs
- Wash any rugs/ floor mats
- Sweep and mop
Mental Health and Spring Cleaning
Cleaning has been proven to help mental health, so why not start spring off clean? Use this checklist as a guide to help mitigate any stress that may come with figuring out where to start.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be about getting your house as clean as it can be, but can be something as small as organizing your books by color. Use it to declutter your mind and gain back control. Start from your entryway and move your way room to room. No rush. Clean whenever you have time, or when you feel like you need to destress.
Start spring with a clean bill of mental health.