Gavin and I are people that clean our house regularly, but sometimes, life happens and we get so busy that we don’t have the time to deep clean. This weekend, we are dedicating our time to cleaning out and organizing our closets to get rid household items that were no longer of use. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been selling some of my clothes that are still in good condition on my Poshmark closet & on TheRealReal, so look for some there on Monday! Others are donated to homeless shelters in our neighborhood.
Since we are going to clean, we’ve also decided to organize some of our cabinets and purge unwanted/unused items. Needless to say, we have our hands full. Sometimes with a big task at hand, it’s hard to know where to start, but as I started to map it all out, I came up with some tips and tricks on how to make it a bit easier. Keep reading!
1. Get Started
Getting started can be just as hard as getting motivated, but my dad always told me “You don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.” While this isn’t to most comforting statement it’s so true. So start small and take it one step at a time. I like to start with one section of the room and work my way from the back to the front. Tip: champagne and a cleaning partner always help!
2. Trash It
As you begin cleaning, bring a trash bag with you. I usually bring two – one for trash & one for donations. This can help eliminate left-over trash that you may have not even known was there. I also like to bring dust wipes and windex around to clean mirrors and dust surfaces. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.
3. Let it Go
When it comes to getting rid of my clothes, I used to find it so hard to toss them. I build up this sentimental value around pieces I haven’t worn all year and won’t just let them go. This last year I decided to make a change and finally became strong enough (sounds so dramatic). My new rule: if you can’t remember the last time you wore it, let it go. Some things that are in good condition, I will sell them, but for the most part, I like to donate to local homeless shelters. Knowing that your clothes are going to someone else that need them more always makes it easier to say goodbye.
5. Label everything
I’m a little crazy when it comes to organization (at work and at home) and I label everything! This way I know exactly where everything is and what’s it’s contents are. At home, Gavin and I have a bunch of storage boxes that are all labeled and it’s life changing when it comes time to get out the holiday decorations or move.
6. Storage is a must!
Speaking of storage boxes, isn’t it time for you to get yourself some? I got a bunch of mine on Amazon and felt like I got the best price. I also like to use smaller storage boxes for my cabinets under the kitchen sink, in the bathroom, and for our workout gear in the living room.
Living in California, the weather doesn’t get too cold. For this reason, having all my jackets taking up room in my main closet can get a bit annoying. Therefore, I like to put them in the coat closet or in a box to go away until I need them. I also like to keep my clothes organized by how often I wear them. For example, all of my work clothes are together, my weekend clothes are together, workout clothes, etc.
8. Finish strong
Cleaning my house is an all day (and sometimes all weekend) activity and since I put in so much time and effort doing it – I try to keep it that way. By doing a deep cleaning every month or so, it makes keeping your home clean a lot easier.
These are some of my tips, but if you have any others that you swear by, please share them in the comments below! When are you doing your Spring cleaning?!