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It’s that time of year when everything can use a good dusting and all your extra “stuff” you’ve accumulated can be sorted and some donated. Don’t get overwhelmed, we’ve got all the tips and tricks on organizing and spring cleaning so you can turn your cluttered chaos into a calming living space.

Schedule Your Spring Cleaning Day

First thing’s first, don’t try to tackle everything all at once. Go ahead and pick one day to get all your surface cleaning and light decluttering done.

By scheduling this one day you’re setting yourself up for spring cleaning success. You won’t get distracted by the piles of clothes in your closet you need to sort or the old shoes that seem to be collecting dust because they don’t get used.

Light Decluttering

Light decluttering is putting any objects in your living space away that have a designated “home.” Again, this is not the time to go through your closet or drawers. This is simply putting the kids toys away, hanging up coats in the closet, putting shoes by the door on the shoe rack, etc.

Surface Cleaning

Surface cleaning is anything you need to wipe down with soap and water, sweep, or vacuum. Go through each area within your living space and check off these surface cleaning tasks:

  1. Wipe down baseboards
  2. Wipe down ceiling fans
  3. Dust shelves
  4. Wipe down and sanitize all flat surfaces
    1. Shelves
    2. Counters
    3. Mirrors
    4. Windows
  5. Vacuum and mop floors

Organization Takes Time

Don’t expect to schedule out one day and get all your organizing done, especially if you haven’t done a living space purge in a while. Since your home is already clean, organizing can happen over a few days, this will also help with any organizing overwhelm.

Sort By The One Year Rule

When you start organizing you’ll need to go through all your things. If you haven’t worn or used an item in a year, it’s probably a good idea to get rid of it or donate it. 

If you have a hard time deciding on whether you want to keep or get rid of something (you know like that blazer you bought last year with the tags still on it) allow yourself one year to keep it. Mark your times with a tag and the date, if that tag isn’t removed this time last year that means you haven’t used or worn it and it’s time to donate it!

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Golden Rule

The one golden rule to spring cleaning and getting organized is that EVERYTHING you keep has to have a designated place to “live.” If you can’t find a space for it, it probably needs to go.

Categories to Organize By

Use these categories to organize your living space, it’s even a great idea to carve out 1-2 days per category so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

  1. Clothes
  2. Paper (bills, statements, cards, etc)
  3. Miscellaneous
  4. Sentimental


As you go through each of these categories use the One Year Rule to sort your belongings into a keep and donate pile. Once you’ve made your keep pile, use the Golden Rule to put everything in that pile away.

Now that you have committed to a good spring cleaning, be sure to keep it all clean! When you use something put it away immediately after. If you spill or make a mess, wipe it up right away! 


You’ll feel so much more accomplished after organizing and keeping your living space clean.