Spring is finally here! If you live in New England like I do, you know that spring is more of a feeling than an actual change in temperature. Even though the temperatures don’t often cooperate too much, it’s still a great time to get started on your spring cleaning. Where to start? I have a few of my favorite projects to help kick your spring cleaning into high gear!
Sift Through Seasonal Clothing
One of the best ways to get into the spring cleaning mood is to pull out those spring fashions. Before you start cramming them into the closet, take the time to sort through each piece and decide which ones are worthy of space in your closet. If I take it out and I don’t remember wearing it at all last season, I usually toss it. When I say toss, that only means that you remove it from your current clothing pile. You don’t have to actually toss it into the garbage. In fact, you can sell it or donate it. If the item is in great condition and still on trend, you can check out ThredUp. Right now, you can even get $10 to spend through my referral link which means you can clean out some oldies and get some new ones! Don’t forget seasonal clean out for the kiddos as well.
Organize Spring and Easter Decor
Spring is a great time to sift through all of your seasonal decorations and decide what you want to keep. Things like multiple Easter baskets or outdated decor can be sold or donated. Just like the clothing, items that haven’t found a home during the season, may need to make their way out the door. Nobody will be sad if you get rid of the 72 colored plastic eggs you have been collecting over the past few years. Trust me.
Freshen Up Windows and Window Treatments
Here in the Northeast, the windows have been sealed shut to keep out the freezing temperatures since October. When the days finally get warm enough to open the windows and let in that glorious fresh air, I usually get the urge to clean them. This is a great time to take down all of your curtains/drapes for cleaning. If they’re washable, you can let them dry outside in the fresh air. If you have blinds, now is a great time to clean them a little more deeply. Take some time to clean your windows as well. It will instantly lift your mood.
Store Away Tax Paperwork
I don’t know about you, but after April 15 I don’t even want to hear the word taxes. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to put together all of your taxes (assuming they are filed) along with bank statements and any other financial paperwork for the previous year. You can store them in a box marked with the year and then shred anything over ten years old. Note: Many financial advisors recommend keeping documents for seven years, but I prefer to err on the side of caution. If you need some inspiration for your office, check out this post from A Bowl Full of Lemons.
Fridge and Freezer
There is nothing like doing a deep clean on your fridge and freezer. Despite our best efforts, there are always a few stragglers that get buried in the back of the fridge and at the bottom of the freezer. And am I the only one that struffles with the onion skin pieces all over my vegetable drawer? Doing a thorough fridge and freezer cleanout can free up some more space for your family. It’s also a great opportunity to create a freezer inventory so that you always know what is “in stock.” This not only saves you money (no need to buy more if you have enough), but it also gives you a better idea about what items your family might not be using as often as you thought. We took out all the shelves and drawers and washed each and every piece. It was almost as though we got a brand ndew fridghe!
Spring cleaning is a great way to start the season off on a positive note. There are lots of other places and projects that aren’t on this list. If you are interested in doing some more micro-organizing projects, check out my post about that here.