Spring cleaning is an age-old tradition recognized around the world where, come Spring, people cleanse, tidy and declutter their homes. It’s a rejuvenating process that breathes new life into your home and metaphorically rids it of the drudgery and darkness of wintertime. Spring cleaning can have many benefits, including better organization and improved feng shui. Here are some steps to help you efficiently clean and organize your home.
Make a game plan
First, come up with a plan so you know where to start. With a room-by-room checklist, you’ll know exactly what you need to accomplish and in what order. Get the big rooms out of the way first — the ones you live in most, so that you can reap the benefits immediately — and then move on to the smaller spaces.
Before diving in, take stock of your cleaning products. An all-purpose cleaner, scrub or toothbrush, furniture polish, a few cleaning cloths, glass cleaner and a bucket are all the basic tools you’ll need to give your home a thorough clean. It’s also smart to have household products on hand, like vinegar, dish soap, lemons and baking soda.
Clean, declutter and organize
Smaller spaces in Vancouver often get cluttered easily, so an essential first step to any spring cleaning undertaking is to get rid of what you don’t need. The less stuff that’s in your way, the easier your place will be to clean. If you don’t know where to start, check out some apps, like Closet+ and Sortly, designed to help you do just that. Once you have a pile of items, donate them to the Salvation Army or Covenant House. As clutter is said to bring bad energy into your home, minimizing it can help improve the feng shui of your space.
Spring cleaning is the perfect chance to do a thorough clean of all the things that usually get neglected. That means washing pillowcases, comforters and blankets, dusting your books and shelves, scrubbing the floors, using a heavy-duty vacuum for carpets and washing all the windows. Around the home, invest in some good wicker storage units to keep loose papers, magazines and other odds and ends out of sight.
As the warmer weather settles in after a long Vancouver winter, it’s also a good time replace your winter bed linens with lighter sheets. A handy tip for storing your old sheet sets is to put them in a pillowcase from the same set. That way you’ll never have to tear apart your closet looking for them. When tackling your closet, hang all your clothes with the hangers facing backwards and when you wear something, flip the hanger around. If an item is still on a backwards hanger after several months, it’s time to give it away.
Don’t forget the kitchen
With plenty of local spring and summer produce on the way, you’ll want a sparkling, grease-free kitchen to store seasonal fruits and vegetables. Start by taking out all the items in your fridge, freezer and pantry to see what’s expired. Before putting everything back, give those spaces a good scrub — be sure to pay attention to all the neglected nooks and crannies.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Before you start your cleaning this year, put some tunes on and throw open the windows to let the light in. To create a natural air freshener in your decluttered space, simmer lemon slices and rosemary in a pot of water. Some fresh, seasonal flowers like tulips or plants can be a great added touch and a nice way to reward yourself for getting organized.
Once your house is in great shape, it’s time to get back to enjoying everything the warmer months in Vancouver have to offer — sunny skies, hikes, beaches and fresh air.
Now that you have improved the Feng Shui of your home, find out if Vancouver is itself, a Feng Shui City.