At Shecky’s Girls’ Night Out event in New York City in March, I had the fortune of chatting with Jaclyn Gross, the founder of Tip Top Organizing, a company specializing in helping people clear the clutter from every area of their home, from the office to the basement. Our chat got me thinking—what are the best ways to get a home in tip-top shape for spring? Well, I’ve rounded up my own tips and tricks for how to survive the spring cleaning process and how to freshen and lighten your space this season!
Start with a walk-through.
To get started, walk through your home and start tossing items you no longer need. Say goodbye to your old magazines, expired makeup, clothing that doesn’t fit and whatever else can’t be used. It’s as simple as that. This will give you much more space to comfortably work with everything else you already own (and need), as well as room to buy new things you may need for the season, like cute new clothes for spring! Plus, dumping your trash in these pink polka dot garbage bags ($9.95 on amazon.com) may make it just a little more fun.
Put those household cleaners to work.
After you’ve taken the time to get rid of the clutter, get started on the actual cleaning process. Wipe down your windows from top to bottom, mop or vacuum your floors, clean your kitchen counter tops, give your bathroom sink and tub a good scrubbing and clean just about every other nook and cranny in your space. Tip: jamming out to your favorite songs while cleaning definitely makes the process funner! To add a dose of pretty to the routine, consider using a lightly scented cleaner like Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender All Purpose Cleaner ($7.99 on mrsmeyers.com).
Are you getting frustrated with shuffling through a big bin filled with makeup every morning or digging through your closet for what seems like eons, only to feel like you have nothing to wear? Think about the different spaces in your home like these that drive you absolutely crazy and what you can do to make using them more efficient. It could be as simple as getting a small shelving unit for your makeup or color-coding your clothing. For instance, Muji makes acrylic cases is perfect for storing all of your makeup and beauty products ($25.25 on muji.com). Happy spring cleaning!
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-Monique Valeris of Decor Musings
Monique Valeris has a background in corporate communications, but during her downtime, she’s typing away about all things home decorating-related on Decor Musings. And what else fuels this Brooklyn, NY resident? Tasty food (guacamole on the menu, and she’s there) magazines, magazines, magazines, flea market adventures, her love for a good joke and a belief in living life to the fullest. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Magazine Journalism and English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University, and a master’s in Publishing from New York University. Send her a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Talk Time: How do you like these spring cleaning how-to’s? What are you own tips and tricks for tackling spring cleaning?