Who says Spring Cleaning is all about scrubbing? I mean, I’m not knocking scrubbing—sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. But when you’re in the middle of scrubbing all your stuff, do you ever...
Spring Clean With Me! Spring Cleaning Hacks For Your Home
Spring has sprung—and does anything make you happier? I can’t think of anything better than getting out our cute clothes (I mean, have you seen Hazel in a sunhat?), dusting off our patio furniture, and spending our evenings outdoors. And admit it: don’t you get even a teensy bit excited about Spring Cleaning? I know I do!
For me, Spring Cleaning is about so much more than scrubbing and dusting (although that matters, too!). It’s about cleaning up to make space for more happy in your home. And what better time to do this than when the sun is bursting through the windows for the first time in what feels like ages?
My best advice for Spring Cleaning? Get organized, and have fun! Here’s how I tackle any big clean up in the Roth Homestead.
I get it. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when tackling a project like cleaning your whole entire house. So don’t think of it that way! The more you can break Spring Cleaning up into small chunks, the easier and more enjoyable it will be, promise.
That’s why I like to start with something simple: cleaning my baseboards. I break it up room by room, over the course of a few weeks. There’s really nothing daunting about deep cleaning my bathroom baseboards one weekend, and my kitchen baseboards the next!
Then I move on to simple projects like washing my couch cushions, and fun projects, like cleaning out the pantry (more tips on this below).
If this piecemeal approach sounds appealing, then don’t miss my 5 things you can do to get ready for Spring Cleaning, where I cover all my cleaning steps in more detail.
Even the best organized homes start to accumulate a bit of clutter over the year—which is why it’s a great idea to take everything out, wipe everything down, and start fresh in the Spring.
That means paring down, donating what you can, and organizing (or maybe reorganizing) what’s left. I’m talking about the pantry, under the bathroom sink, the cluttered closet by your front door—you know, all those catch-all places that make you cringe a little whenever you open the door.
While you’re taking stock, you might decide it’s time to invest in some new organizational systems. The Container Store, Amazon, and Target all have lots of great options to help corral your stuff. Maybe that looks like some new hooks, a basket or two, maybe some organizers for the fridge. The end goal should be for everything to have a home. This helps you keep track of your stuff, while also removing a layer of stress from your life (win-win).
Not sure where to get started? My kitchen organization ideas you’re never think of are a great read!
And finally, remember that you don’t always need new organizational systems to get things neat and tidy. For example, sometimes all you need is a little time and patience to make your closet look instantaneously more inviting.
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It took me and my little helper about 15 minutes to get my whole closet color coordinated,, and I’m loving the results. I just jumped in, started with one color, and went to town!
Bring In Light
Now that Spring is here, sunny vibes are all I want in my home. ‘Tis the season to open your blinds and let the sun shine in!
Not much natural sunlight? No worries! Just switch out some old lightbulbs or can lighting with ‘natural light’ LED bulbs. I personally like ‘natural light’ ones so much more than ‘daylight’ ones, whose light tends to be on the blue and sterile side.
Bring In Green
If you know me at all, you know how much I love a good houseplant. Real or fake, big or small—if it’s green, it’ll add instant happy to your space, which makes it a ‘go’ in my books.
So think about how you can bring more green into your home this Spring. This is the perfect time to head over to your local hardware store or garden center to find a pretty plant to bring home (this quiz will help you figure out the right type of houseplant to buy!).
Or if keeping plants alive just isn’t in your wheelhouse (no judgment!), you might be surprised by how pretty faux plants and branches are these days. And a protip: faux plants are almost always a better choice for super high shelves, where the real guys are just too hard to water!
Some of my favorite places to shop for faux plants are Crate & Barrel, IKEA, Pottery Barn, and Target (and a word to the wise: I share all my favorite shops for all sorts of home decor, along with super helpful checklists for your next design project and complete inspo storyboards, in my book House Story!).
Give Outdoors Spaces Some Love
Last but most definitely not least, when you’re getting ready to tackle a Spring Clean, don’t forget about what just might be the most important project of all: your outdoor areas!
Believe it or not, when I’m ready to clean up my outdoors space, I start with my windows. Especially since after a long winter, they can almost always use a little TLC. Scrub off some of that grime, and you’re going to instantly feel more connected to your outdoors spaces—because you’ll be able to actually see them!
I also like to uncover and clean all my ‘stuff’ (like my outdoor furniture, rugs, pillows, BBQ, and umbrellas) before I get it all setup and pretty. Yes, it’s tempting to jump right into the fun stuff. But starting with a good old-fashioned cleaning will set you up for success, all season long.
To get my tips on cleaning outdoor furniture, plus more ideas for getting your outdoor spaces ready, see my guide on how to prepare your outdoor area for spring (although forewarned: I might suggest that you invest in some plants again!).
A Few Cleaning Tips
I live for a fun new cleaning hack—which is why I also love sharing all the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years. Like this one for folding laundry like a pro:
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And don’t miss how I keep my rugs looking brand new!
Bonus time. What if Spring Cleaning sounds all well and good, but you’re ready for a little more? Maybe it’s time for a Spring Refresh?
So even if now’s not the time for a full kitchen renovation, you might still love these simple ways to update your kitchen and add in some personality. For example, swapping out your cabinet hardware makes a great DIY on a sunny afternoon.
Or what about a living room refresh? You can often make a profound impact from simple things like changing your rug, moving some furniture around, or adding some more pillows or (wait for it!) more plants.
So what are you waiting for? Download some great podcasts (link to a recent Jasmine episode?), roll up your sleeves, and get Spring Cleaning! And don’t forget to sign up for my email list for more ideas for your happy home.