How Do I Start Spring Cleaning?

A blue bucket with cleaning sprays and rags held by a hand

As the days grow longer and the first signs of spring emerge, it’s time to usher in a season of renewal with the age-old tradition of spring cleaning. This annual ritual refreshes our living spaces and revitalizes our mental state as the world thaws from the cold winter months. 

This comprehensive spring cleaning guide will walk you through the essential decluttering strategies, organizational and motivation tips, and DIY projects that will help kick-start your spring cleaning journey.

Spring Cleaning Decluttering Strategies

Cleaning your entire home can feel daunting. Sometimes, the hardest part is knowing where to start. If you are staring at a metaphorical wall of clutter and unsure about what to tackle first, don’t worry. We have you covered.

Create a Plan

Before diving into the cleaning frenzy, take a moment to create a plan. Assess your living space room by room, noting what needs to be done in each space and assigning each room a level of priority. A well-thought-out plan helps ensure that you tackle each room (and task) systematically and prevents you from feeling overwhelmed.

We recommend paying extra attention to high-traffic areas in your home, such as entryways, living rooms, and kitchens, as these spaces quickly accumulate dirt and clutter. Clean carpets, vacuum upholstery, and wipe down surfaces to create a fresh atmosphere. 

Gather Cleaning Supplies

After you’ve finalized your spring cleaning game plan, the next decluttering strategy is gathering all the supplies you need to make your spring cleaning efficient. Ensure you have all-purpose cleaners, cloths and paper towels, a mop, a vacuum cleaner, and any other specialized cleaning products you may need for specific surfaces. Having everything you need on hand will prevent interruptions to your cleaning flow.

Declutter With a System

While you work through your spring cleaning areas, sort the items you find into categories: keep, donate, or discard. Try to be as ruthless as possible in your decision-making, letting go of anything that no longer serves a purpose or brings you joy. This can be tough to do, especially on items that may have cost a lot of money to obtain in the past. However, having a clutter-free home and the peace of mind that comes with it is a far greater reward than holding onto something that has been collecting dust for years. 

Don’t Forget the Details

While it’s easy to focus on the major spring cleaning tasks, don’t overlook the details that can make a significant difference. Wipe down light fixtures, switch plates and baseboards, and dust blinds and curtains. Clean windows to allow more natural light into your space. You’ll find your home looking quite polished when you make a point to clean these areas.

A gloved cleaner using a blue dust mop to clean the floor

Tips for Organizing Your Home

Getting rid of clutter is only the first step in the spring cleaning process. What you do with the belongings that make the cut can make just as much of a difference as cutting clutter. Here are some organizational tips to help keep your home in tiptop shape this spring and beyond:

  • Storage solutions. Invest in home storage solutions that suit your space and needs. Utilize shelves, storage bins, baskets, and drawer organizers to create designated spaces for everything in your home. This will eliminate “dumping spaces” where clutter can accumulate quickly. Off-site self storage units can also be incredibly handy for storing items you don’t need every day but cannot get rid of.
  • Labeling. Labeling is a game changer when it comes to staying organized. Clearly label every container, drawer, and shelf space to make it easy to find and put away items. This is especially helpful for children’s toys, pantry items, or seasonal decorations and clothing storage. 
  • Create designated zones. Establish specific zones for different activities or items (like a reading nook for indulging in books, a playroom for the kids to enjoy their toys, or a charging station for all your electronics and cables). This helps maintain order and keep items and messes contained in one area, making it easier to clean and find what you are looking for when you need it. 
  • Utilize hidden storage. Choose furniture with hidden storage compartments, such as ottomans, or get storage bins designed to be out of sight, like those that go underneath your bed. This allows you to keep essential items close at hand while minimizing visual clutter. 
  • Rotate seasonal items. Store seasonal items out of sight when not in use. This includes clothing, décor, appliances, and tools that may not serve a purpose year-round. 

DIY Projects

You can do plenty of DIY projects at home to increase the available storage space. Any home or apartment, especially those limited in square footage, can benefit from vertical storage. Installing shelves on open walls or within bare closets or pantries can significantly increase your home’s storage space. DIY shelving kits are easy to purchase and quick to install yourself, but if traditional shelves aren’t your thing, you can find cube organizers, ladder shelves, and other creative options at the store.

Motivation Tips for Spring Cleaning

If the thought of cleaning your entire home doesn’t immediately spark excitement, don’t worry—we know it can feel overwhelming! It’s important to remember why you want to spring clean in the first place and the benefits it can provide. 

Remind yourself of the health benefits of a clean and organized living space. Reduced dust and allergens can contribute to a better respiratory system and make your home more enjoyable if you suffer from springtime allergies. The act of cleaning itself can also give you a good workout! 

There are also many positive mental effects of committing to spring cleaning. Spring is a season of renewal and fresh beginnings. A clear living space devoid of clutter gives you a clean slate moving into the rest of the year after hibernating away from the cold of winter. 

If spring cleaning feels like too much, we recommend setting reasonable goals and breaking down the cleaning into manageable parts. This allows you to focus on specific areas or tasks as they come without feeling overwhelmed by the big picture, taking a scary undertaking and making it feel more attainable. 

Revive Your Wardrobe

Spring cleaning is also the ideal opportunity to tackle your wardrobe. Sort your clothes, shoes, and accessories, letting go of items you have not worn in the past year. Donate gently used items to local charities or organizations in need, or sell items that may be a hot commodity for a little additional cash. Having an excuse to slim down your closet (and replace old clothing with new) can be a great reason to tackle your spring cleaning.

Attic space cluttered by boxes and bins in storage

Still Have Clutter? Central Self Storage Can Help

Embarking on a spring cleaning journey is a wonderful way to embrace the changing seasons and infuse new energy into your home. By following this comprehensive spring cleaning guide, you’ll create a cleaner and more organized living space and experience the therapeutic benefits of decluttering and renewal.
At Central Self Storage, we want to help you reach your organizational goals. With storage units of all sizes at affordable and flexible rates, you’ll be sure to find a space with all the features you need to kick out your clutter once and for all. Find a Central Self Storage location near you and let our team help with your spring cleaning today!