written by: April G.
Spring isn’t only a season of growth, it’s also a season of anticipation. It’s almost like a buffer zone between the long, dark, hostile winter and the bright, shining weather of the summer – at least that’s the story here in New England. The flowers start to bloom, birds are chirping, and thank goodness for clocks moving forward because this is about the time we start to beg for more sunshine.
So, with nature slowly getting us ready for all those lazy beach days and trips to the Cape, it’s time to start thinking about one thing and one thing only...the annual ritual of spring cleaning.
Yes, it’s back. Again.
Despite the fact that a lot of people despise spring cleaning (so much that they decide to skip it), it’s one of our favorite events of the year. It might sound strange at first, but when you take a moment to consider spring as a season of prosperity and preparation, spring cleaning makes all the sense in the world.
Each year, we use this first week of spring to go through our entire living spaces not only to deep clean every corner but also to purge the items we don’t need in our lives anymore. It’s a necessary process that lends itself perfectly to this time, but it’s not lost on us that it can be a demanding task. What to do, what to clean, where to put everything. These are all questions that overwhelm.
In order to help anyone that may be struggling to get started with their spring cleaning, we put together a list of our favorite tips and best tricks so that there’s less for you to think about.
First a disclaimer, which is always good to start with so people get a sense of where you’re headed with all this advice: It is our recommendation that you plan to dedicate at least 2-3 hours per room in your home. This will allow yourself time to go through all of the possessions as well as thoroughly clean it from top to bottom. This operation only happens once each year, so spending the extra time really makes your life easier moving forward.
The best way to get started with spring cleaning is to break out your home or apartment into their organic order, which is by rooms. By managing only one room at a time you allow your focus to be more precise. With that said, here it goes:
The kitchen is always the best place to start spring cleaning, especially if you spend a lot of time in there like we do. We suggest beginning on a fairly mild day outside so you can open all of the windows to let all that stagnant air out and all the fresh air in.
There’s a lot less activity going on in our living rooms and sitting rooms so they don’t get as grimy as places like the kitchen. But because we spend most our (awake) time in these rooms it’s important to keep them as fresh as possible.
We sleep here. We rest here. Getting the bedroom tidy during spring cleaning should be the easiest because we actually want this room clean.
Possibly the most satisfying part of spring cleaning is clearing out your closets. The funny part is that we spend absolutely no time in our closets, only our stuff does, yet they’re the hardest part to clean. It's natural for us to hold onto our possessions, even if we no longer have a use for them, but we that can lead to too much confusion in our homes. Take this step seriously because it will not only clear space in your house, but it will clear space in your mind which is what you need going into this warm weather.
Let’s cut right to the chase here. Absolutely no one likes cleaning a bathroom. So get in there and scrub. There is one tip though.
These multi-functional rooms can be a little overwhelming because, depending on the home, they tend to have more variety of things than any other place in our residences. There is, however, one cleaning step that few too many people participate in, but that we praise here at BGS.
When it comes to spring cleaning, it’s best not to spend time hesitating trying to figure out how much commitment it will take to get it done. There is most definitely a lot of work involved here, and our list only strengthens that notion. Instead, center your attention on the outcome you’ll achieve because that’s the real benefit in all of this effort.
Before planning out your mid-year break, use this start to the new season to get yourself in the right mindset for the long, relaxing days of summer ahead.
The Boston General Store Team
P.S. - We put together a collection of spring cleaning wares from some of our best makers. Check it out here.
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