Spring cleaning might be the most famous of the cleaning seasons. But that’s no reason to not give your home the love and care it needs in the summer! Open the windows, let the sun come in and make sure your home is properly cleaned and organized to receive those sun rays.
Start getting ready for summer cleaning with Tailored Living tips that will make your experience more time-efficient and productive.
Summer cleaning: why is it so important?
Summer cleaning is important because it helps keep your house organized and the mood high in the air for the rest of the year. Believe us, it’s easier to take on tasks and chores seasonally than to invest everything in a one time only clean up moment.
The cleaner and more organized your home is, the more satisfying and uplifting you will feel. Not to mention a good summer cleaning tackles big projects you don't always have time for, so you can keep your home clean with less effort the rest of the year.
In fact, studies reported by Psychology Today have shown:
- People with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses.
- Women who described their living spaces as "cluttered" or full of "unfinished projects" were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than women who described their homes as "restful" and "restorative."
- Clutter can actually make it more difficult to focus on a particular task.
Steps to take in preparation
As Benjamin Franklin once famously quoted, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Summer cleaning will not take many days to complete, but it’s always good to be as prepared as possible.
Consider these helpful steps to get you and your home ready for summer organization.
Make a summer cleaning checklist
Begin your preparations with a thorough list of all the tasks you plan to tackle while cleaning. By making a list, you ensure that everything you want to get done gets done. There's no better time to take on some of your most important home organizing tasks than the time you've set aside specifically to do so. Be broad at first to separate major plans, then detail specifics under each task to guarantee no stone goes unturned.
Some common tasks for you to consider:
- Deep cleaning - windows, curtains, carpets, furniture, bedding, walls, ceiling, appliances, etc. This task is great for reducing allergies and improving your overall health.
- Redecorating - getting ready for summer includes any plans to redecorate your home. Redecorating your home means making your everyday life easier. A good place to start would be finding solutions for your laundry room and bathroom, where organization and design play a big role in saving you time and money. You don't have to stop there, though!
- Rearranging - another common task you may want to tackle is rearranging the furniture in your home. Consider what rooms you may want to make more spacious or spruce up with a little change in scenery.
- Organizing - arguably the most essential task you'll take on, organizing is the heart of any good summer cleaning plan. Without it, you will likely spend more time moving objects around than you will actually spend cleaning.
- Donating - there are many families in need of the furniture and possessions you no longer have any use for. Consider jotting down any items in good enough conditions to be donated to local families or charities in need.
Get all of your summer cleaning and organization supplies
You won't want your process to be interrupted with time-consuming tasks like making a run for a supply or two. Being prepared includes having all the necessary supplies for completing the task at hand. After you've made your summer checklist, make your supply list.
Aside from fast-tracking your summer cleaning by having a plan and assembling all the cleaning supplies you'll need beforehand, you will also need all of your organizational tools. Big projects call for more help, but small solutions can include:
- Storage boxes
- Pocket organizers
- Color coordinators
- Stackable storage containers
- And much more, depending on your needs.
Most importantly, you'll want to meet with organization professionals for the bigger tasks you have in mind. Local designers can help you discover what organizational methods will work best for your lifestyle and home, design the best solutions, and bring your ideas to life at the end of the process.
Prepare for seasonal changes
You'll also want to prepare yourself for the coming change in seasons. Each season change presents its own challenges. The more prepared you are, the more efficiently you will be able to tackle each problem.
- Winter brings melted snow and salt.
- Spring brings excess water and mud.
- Summer brings dirt and grass.
- Fall brings leaves and bugs.
An easy solution can be cleaning and preparing your garage this summer for efficiency all year round. Cleaning and organizing a part of the house that is neither inside nor outside makes room for organizational arrangements like a mudroom and other cabinets and storage solutions. A garage mudroom could be an excellent way to eliminate most of your seasonal cleaning challenges.
Prepare yourself and your home
You can prepare yourself for summer clean up by making a playlist ahead of time to keep you motivated and productive. You'll then want to use that motivational playlist to help you prepare your home by decluttering and making more room.
Preparation tips for decluttering your home:
- Throw away, recycle, or donate items you haven't used in the past six months, much less seen.
- Put away items that can be stored into organizers or make a note of what will need storing.
- Make use of closet space by organizing and storing relevant items.
At Tailored Living, we understand the importance of decluttering and organizing your home so it can be a safe place for you to improve your wellbeing and gather with friends and family when the time comes. Transform your home into the roomy, clean, healthy, and happy space it was always meant to be! When you're ready, contact us for a free consultation with a local designer and start creating the perfect organizational solution for your home this summer.