Since we have been staying home even more than usual this winter, a thorough spring cleaning of your space is especially important this year. Additionally, it is a fresh start for the new season that feels amazing when you complete it!
What Is Spring Cleaning?
Spring cleaning is a thorough sweeping, washing, and organizing of your living space. It often involves decluttering. If you are a homeowner, it is also a great time to do some house maintenance.
Why Do We Spring Clean?
There are several reasons why we spring clean, and they can be biological, psychological, cultural, and religious. WindowGenie.com states that the lack of sunlight in the winter increases the body’s production of melatonin, which makes us tired. As daylight increases in the spring, we become more active and use that newfound energy to do all the deep cleaning that we kept pushing off during the winter.
The longer daylight hours and warmer weather also feels like a fresh start. Psychologically, that often creates an urge to clean and refresh your space.
On a practical level, changes in seasonal activity mean we often swap out belongings, which also causes us to clean. According to Fantastic Cleaner’s blog, Northern Europeans deep cleaned in the spring because the weather allowed them to air out the house after a long winter. Back when coal was burned for heat, a spring cleaning was essential to removing the residue from winter.
Culturally and religiously, spring cleaning has been a tradition for thousands of years. Chabad.org lets us know that Passover requires removing all leavened bread from a household and thoroughly cleaning to ensure no crumbs are left behind.
Cleaning before the spring equinox has been a key part of the Iranian holiday Nowruz for thousands of years, as stated by Odvv.org. CountryLiving.com states that Christian faiths have cleaning traditions tied to Easter in the spring when Roman Catholics helped to extensively clean the church altar for Lent.
When Should You Start Spring Cleaning?
Spring cleaning can happen whenever you have free time during the spring season. You can even spring clean on a rainy day, but spring cleaning on a sunny day is better because you can open your windows to air out your space. Carpet cleaning is also better to do on a clear and sunny day because the heat from the sun will help your rugs dry faster.
If the weather is not ideal, you can start with decluttering and then complete the rest of your spring cleaning on a day with better weather. Ultimately, it is best to start spring cleaning whenever you have the time and energy, because it can be a lengthy process.
How Long Does Spring Cleaning Take?
The answer to this question depends on multiple variables. For example, spring cleaning an apartment will take less time than spring cleaning a house. Also, depending on if you are going to be spring cleaning alone or with others, it will either go by slower or faster. If you usually send your small children to their grandparents while you are spring cleaning, that will not be an option this year, so they might slow you down.
Ready to start? Here are five tips for spring cleaning and getting your space in order.
- Get started. Too many people feel overwhelmed and procrastinate. Pick a small task and take it one step at a time.
- Declutter first. Get rid of what you no longer need to make your spring-cleaning process easier.
- Plan ahead. If you do not have a full weekend or a full day, that is okay. You can spring clean for an hour a day or even ten minutes a day until you are done. Do not get too hung up on how long it will take you to finish, because you eventually will.
- Check ceilings and floors. When looking for spring cleaning tasks, look above and below your living space. This can include cleaning cobwebs in corners, wiping ceiling fan blades, cleaning baseboards, and more.
- Make a spring-cleaning list. This will help you keep track of tasks, and it is so satisfying to check them off when they are completed. Lists also make it easier to avoid forgetting tasks if you are doing your spring cleaning gradually instead of in one day. Complete the most daunting tasks first to get them out of the way.
- Utilize outdoor space if you have it. A well-organized outdoor shed can be invaluable when sorting out tools, gardening supplies, and kids’ outdoor-only toys.
For more tips, check out our prior article on decluttering and tips for cleaning your rooms.
If you’re looking for a spring-cleaning list, ApartmentTherapy.com has a comprehensive guide that includes a list of 29 things to deep clean. Professional cleaning companies Molly Maid and Merry Maids have each created a spring cleaning list for easy reference.
Oprah.com offers a downloadable spring-cleaning list that allows you to get your spring cleaning done in just eight hours. If you have a small space, ApartmentTherapy.com has 10 tips and tricks to help you keep it neat and clean after spring cleaning.
Want to ensure that your spring cleaning is easy and effective? TheSpruce.com has six tips to ensure just that.
Box&Co Makes Spring Cleaning Easy
Place your out-of-season items into storage to make spring cleaning easier and give your living space an open and lightweight feel. Box&Co can make it incredibly easy for you. All you need to do is ask for storage containers, and we will deliver them to you (with contactless delivery). Simply pack up your items and when you are ready, we will pick up your items and store them in containers for you. We will return your items when you need them, and you can keep track of your stored items online. Read our FAQ section to learn more, and then call us at 1-855-692-6926 or email us to get started!