In my opinion, there’s no better way to celebrate spring than with a good deep cleaning. This time of year the weather starts to warm up, moods start to get better, and best of all energy goes up. So, it’s important to find a great way to channel all of that new energy. My favorite way is by deep cleaning and decluttering my home.
As exciting as starting a new deep cleaning/decluttering journey can be, it’s also easy to get a bit overwhelmed. You may find yourself wondering where to start, how to start, or even when to start. I’m here to help! Today I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favorite tips for starting a new deep cleaning challenge. At the end of this post I will also share with you a printable calendar that walks you through my deep cleaning process day by day. This will help keep you on track and will prevent burn out. So, be sure to print that out before you get started.
How to Start Deep Cleaning & Decluttering
There are a lot of different places you can start the deep cleaning process. Where you start will greatly vary from family to family. When choosing a room to start in I recommend starting with some place easy. Try to think of the one room that you are most excited to clean or that you are the most fed up with the mess in. This will be the motivator that you need to start strong. Try to avoid something too sentimental. I like to save that for the end of the process when I’m more confident in my decluttering skills.
Here’s a great example of where I start the deep cleaning process and why. I always start by decluttering and then cleaning my daughter’s spaces. Typically, I begin with her playroom and toys, her bathroom, and her bedroom and closet. This space works best for me because I am so fed up with the clutter most of the time that it is extremely motivating to get through it. It also isn’t too sentimental for me because she isn’t my last child. So, I’m not having to get rid of a ton of items. Instead, most of her things will go into storage to be used for future babies.
Here’s a quick tip when it comes to choosing what to store for future children and what to donate. Try to picture your future child wearing or playing with that item. If it makes you happy, then store it. If not, then donate it to another family. This has really helped me cut down on the amount of items we had to store for baby number 2. Obviously, this rule doesn’t apply to necessary items like a crib, sound machine, breast pump, etc.
When to Start Deep Cleaning & Decluttering
I have an important message to share with you today. If you are looking for the perfect time to start a challenge like this, then I can guarantee you won’t find one. There never is a perfect time in life. The house will always feel too messy, the calendar will always feel too full, and you will always feel too tired. Don’t let any of that get in your way. Push aside the anxiety, push aside the doubt, and push aside the stress. The best thing you can do for yourself is to just jump in.
When I created this guide, I thought about the all of the reservations I had when I started decluttering my house. Trust me, I felt the exact some way many of you are feeling at this exact moment. That’s why I created this challenge to be excuse proof. You don’t have to have x, y, and z done before getting started. There aren’t any hoops to jump through. There’s nothing holding you back. The perfect time to start is right now. I can guarantee you’ll be glad you did.
How to Start Deep Cleaning & Decluttering
One aspect you want to consider when deciding how to start this process is how to set yourself up for success long term. The goal here isn’t just to start the deep cleaning challenge, but it’s to finish all 30 days. So, I recommend starting small. The last thing you want is to get burnt out early on in the challenge. That’s why it is so important to take this guide day by day. I highly recommend doing one challenge per day and not working ahead. It’s important to allow yourself to rest, relax, and take in the hard work you’ve already done.
To get started, enter your information into the form below. My 30 Day Spring Cleaning guide will be sent directly to your inbox. Once you have the guide downloaded, then you can print it off. I recommend hanging the guide up somewhere that you can see it every day. For example, you can hang it on the front of the refrigerator or on a bulletin board in your office.
As you go through the guide check off each day that you complete. Remember, the days don’t have to be completed in any specific order. That’s why I didn’t number them! Just go through them in the order that works best for you and your family. As you check them off, you’ll be able to enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with the work you just did. Just think how great it will feel to see your calendar completely checked off! Now, let’s get started.