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7 spring cleaning tips essential to get the job done

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): With spring in full swing and warm weather in the forecast, it’s a great time to start spring cleaning.

While spring cleaning might not be everyone’s favorite spring tradition, there are a couple ways to make it less painful and maybe even fun.

Check out the seven tips below how to get started.

1. START SMALL
Janet Evans with Get Organized with Tiny ‘n’ Tidy and Lauren Bower with Bowerbird Home Organization both suggested starting small. Cleaning an entire home is overwhelming, but cleaning a drawer or closet is a breeze. Tackling little things one at a time can make a big project seem small.

Once something small is done, move onto something a little bigger, like a closet or pantry. Once all the small portions of a room is complete, move onto the whole room.

It’s okay to do a room a day. The idea of spring cleaning is to get everything cleaned well, not necessarily to get everything cleaned right away.

2. MAKE IT FUN
With cleaning in it’s name, spring cleaning gets a bad rap. It doesn’t have to be a chore.

“Put on some fun music and pour yourself a drink,” Bower said.

Having fun while cleaning makes it seem like the whole process goes a lot faster. There aren’t a lot of things more rewarding than relaxing after a good cleaning. Plus, once the house is clean, things are easier to find.

3. HAVE THE BAGS READY TO ORGANIZE AS YOU GO
Before starting the spring cleaning process, have “keep,” “throw away” and “donate” bags or piles ready.
“Having bags ready keeps the whole process more organized,” Bower said. It’s as simple as throwing an old shirt or a piece of unwanted Tupperware into a donate bag.

4. CLEAN YOUR CLOSET AND GET RID OF OLD CLOTHES
Both Evans and Bower explained that closets and storage rooms are easy to ignore. Out of sight out of mind, right? Nope. Not utilizing extra storage space is a common mistake among home owners.

Tackling closets frees up extra space for other things laying around the house. Make sure the “donate,” “keep” and “throw away” bags are around when cleaning a closet.

This is the place people get ride of the most stuff. Chances are, if the shirt in the back of the closet hasn’t been worn in a year, it won’t be worn again.

Throw that stuff in the donate pile and don’t think about it again.

5. DON’T FORGET THE GARAGE
Cleaning the garage is critical in spring cleaning, but it’s often forgotten about. Evans explained It’s important to clean the garage because, for a lot of people, it’s the first thing they see of their home after work.

Stepping out of the car into a messy garage can be stressful, but if it’s clean it sets a great mood for the rest of the house.

Like in the house, start small. Get the cars out of the garage and tackle a box, then a corner. Keep going until the entire garage is clean and organized.

6. GET RID OF THE THINGS BEING DONATED AND THROWN AWAY IMMEDIATELY
Don’t keep the bags full of donations and trash around the house. Get rid of them immediately.
“If someone keeps a bag full of clothes waiting to be donated laying around, it’s likely it will never be donated,” Evans said.

So many people are strong in the moment, but days down the road convince themselves they might wear that shirt someday. This could lead to more clutter and ultimately more stress.

7. RELAX
This is the best part. After scrubbing toilets and parting with old clothes, it’s time to relax and soak it all in. The house seems shiny and clean and now’s the time to appreciate all the hard work.

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