With warmer weather around the corner, it’s almost time to refresh and restart with a good spring clean. While hitting the shower tiles with a strong dose of elbow grease can be super satisfying, the thought of tackling your entire home can be daunting and knowing where to start can be hard.
Here, Erica Shaw, lifestyle blogger and home organization aficionado, lends her tips and tricks to take on the whole house while still carving out enough weekend time to enjoy the things she loves, like spending time with her family.
“I’m a busy mom to two young boys, and always looking for ways to steal back a little bit of extra time to spend on what matters most to me. Before I take on a big job, like spring cleaning, I try to get organized, so I can get everything done quickly and back to hanging out with my boys.”
Below are Shaw’s top tips for making your spring cleaning efficient and successful, even with the busiest of schedules:
- Stock up on everything you need in advance. Grocery shopping from your couch or kitchen table saves a lot of time that can be used elsewhere. “I’m a huge fan of time-saving shopping options like PC Express,” says Shaw. “The extra time saved is totally priceless, and I can even add in-home décor items or kitchen essentials in the same order. “The extended assortment and convenience of the new online marketplace allows you to order everything you need from Loblaws or Superstore to organize your next deep clean, and maybe even find that special décor piece to freshen up your living room while you’re at it!
- Create checklists for each room. It’s so much easier to tackle spring cleaning when you have priorities broken down per room. Going in with a master plan will help you make the most of your time and stay on track throughout the whole process.
- Clear out the clutter. Before you break out your sponges, use labelled boxes or garbage bags for either trash, donate or storage. Clearing the clutter will help the process run smoothly, so you can focus on the most important tasks at hand and be done quickly. It’s also a great opportunity to get the kids involved and helping out.