Spring Cleaning: Preparing & The Purge

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
April 4, 2015
 

Spring (cleaning) is here! While it may have felt like spring in Seattle since mid-February, you may not have felt like spring cleaning quite yet. It’s a common feeling—the dread that comes along with the phrase “spring cleaning”—however, with a little forethought and planning, spring cleaning doesn’t need to be quite the daunting beast that we see it as. Breaking down spring cleaning tasks, and spreading them throughout the season, can make the project more manageable, and certainly eliminate some stress.

IDENTIFY THE TASKS TO BE DONE.
To start off your spring cleaning, first identify what you feel should be done. For example—some garages might need a good organizing session, but yours might not. Some living rooms might need a solid deep cleaning—but yours might not. Make a list of what you think your home needs.

BREAK IT DOWN.
Once you’ve listed the tasks you think should be done, break it down into manageable chunks—it doesn’t need to get done all at once! Thoroughly cleaning one room every other day can make the time go by quickly—and only use 30 minutes of your time each day! There are lots of ways to break it down—such as separating indoor tasks from outdoor tasks, then breaking down indoors into dry vs. wet rooms. Clean the dry rooms first (bed rooms, living room, etc.)—followed by wet rooms (kitchen, bathroom, mudroom, etc.). If you live with multiple people, this is also a great time to assign tasks to family members or roommates. Save your indoor tasks for rainy days, and outdoor tasks for overcast days.

PREPARE YOUR CLEANING SUPPLIES.
Before you start cleaning, be sure to purge your cleaning supplies of expired chemicals—and take a look into using some already-in-your-home cleaning products, and some eco-friendly cleaning supplies and practices. Unused chemicals can be taken to your county Hazardous Waste station—don’t pour them down the drain!

GET READY FOR THE PURGE.
It’ll help to know what your local Goodwill can or cannot take before loading up your vehicle. Take a look at our Donations Guidelines see what we don’t accept—aside from the short list on that page, we can take nearly anything, including torn and stained clothing. We also have some simple tips to maximize your donations to create the biggest impact on our job training and education programs

Spring cleaning is no one’s favorite—but it doesn’t have to be a burden either! Stay tuned to our blog for more spring cleaning tips and tricks! 


 

Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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