How to tackle spring cleaning

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
March 20, 2016

Happy first day of spring! While we’ll give the weather a bit more time to make up its mind, spring is officially here, and we know that brings with it the dreaded notion of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an undefeatable monster—with a proper plan to tackle tasks one at a time, spring cleaning becomes much more manageable.

First tip: Having time set aside to get your tasks done is important, but if one of those rare, warm, sunny spring days presents itself, go play in it! Spring cleaning will wait, the Seattle spring sun might not. You’ll dislike spring cleaning even more if it means missing an opportunity to enjoy intermittent good weather.

Second tip: Start inside, and work your way out. That allows you to get the indoor tasks done during the stormier part of spring, and reserves outdoor tasks for nicer days when you’ll actually want to be outside.

Below you’ll find some blogs we put together to help you plan, prepare, and execute all of your spring cleaning tasks.

Preparing & The Purge
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.

Getting the kiddos to help
If you’re a parent, you know it can be hard to get spring cleaning done with the kiddos running around—and equally as difficult to motivate the older kids to get involved. There’s the age old adage “many hands makes light work”—so what are some ways to engage those (slightly smaller) hands in age-appropriate cleaning tasks?

Six Easy Steps: Cleaning inside
On a rainy spring day, why not get some indoor spring cleaning done? These smart cleaning strategies help you clean quickly and well – so you’ll have more free time on the next sunny day!

Kitchens & Bathrooms
There’s no doubt about it—cleaning a bathroom, kitchen or mud room can be one of the tougher housecleaning tasks, but also rewarding. Check out these tips to get the job done!

On a sunny spring weekend, it may be tough to face the reality of your messy garage. When you do the work, there’s a big payoff. An organized garage helps you get more enjoyment from gardening and other favorite outdoor activities – with more time outside and less time searching for items.

Yard & Garden
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener with years of perennials under your belt, or new to having your own yard to turn into your summertime haven—there are a few simple things you can do to get your yard useable and ready for enjoying the sunshine.


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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