You are going to love this special Spring cleaning checklist that I am sharing with you today. Spring cleaning is something I look forward to every year, and now we have a checklist that we can follow when it’s time!
The Holistic Home
Lately I have been learning more about approaching your home with a holistic perspective. Just like many people do with their bodies and their food. I think it’s important to consider how when we are intentional about looking at our homes in a holistic way.
The idea of a holistic home is somewhat similar to the popular teachings of Marie Kondo and her minimalistic living approach.
Did you know that there are certain things that can create positive or negative energy in your home? I think when we take time to be intentional about our spaces, we give ourselves a better opportunity to love where we are.
I wanted to take this angle when it came to Spring cleaning in our home and so I am sharing a little bit of what I have learned with you today!
Last weekend, I spent two entire days doing nothing but Spring cleaning. I was in heaven! Seriously, I know that Spring cleaning can be exhausting but I absolutely love the feeling of a clean house.
Our house is typically fairly clean, so when I decided to do some Spring cleaning, I wanted to make sure I was focusing on areas that either didn’t get much attention or that would really feel good to freshen up. I am a believer in the idea that your space cultivates either positive or negative energies in your life, and how we choose to approach our homes when it comes to cleaning can affect that too.
This spring cleaning checklist is created with the holistic homebody in mind. If you’re interested in doing a few small things to create balance and positive energy in your home, I think you will love this checklist!
Why Spring Cleaning is Important
Spring cleaning has several different benefits that can make it an important part of your yearly ritual. At the end of a midwestern winter, many of us are feeling like we are climbing out of a cave and find ourselves craving the sunlight. During the winters in Kansas, there are often several days in a row when the sky is gray and cloudy. It’s not uncommon to not see the sun in over a week. I’m not kidding when I say it’s really depressing! So when we do experience the first few days of Spring-like weather, it gets us excited and rejuvenated for the new season.
Spring cleaning is important because it helps us clean out the stagnant air in our homes.
Think about it, we spend all winter cooped up in our homes with sickness and germs. The first thing I want to do when the weather is nice is open the windows and air out the house. There are other ways to get the stagnant air out too (i.e. dusting, duct cleaning, cleaning fan blades, getting underneath furniture and getting rid of all the dust bunnies).
It makes us more productive and happier.
Spring cleaning can make us get more done. When you have a clean space to work within, you spend less time worrying about the clutter or trying to find something and more time doing the stuff that really matters. Spring cleaning also gives us a sense of satisfaction. I couldn’t wait to sit down with a glass of wine in my house this weekend and enjoy the fruits of my labor. It made for such a better end to the weekend, and I’m actually excited to go home because I know that I am coming home to clean space.
It helps us focus and reduces stress.
Has there ever been a time when your house was completely clean and you couldn’t focus? I can’t imagine what that would be like. Literally the act of visually looking at clutter or a mess can be taxing on your mental stress. You begin to worry and get frustrated with how much time is going to take to get the space cleaned up.
I’m an emotional cleaner. I didn’t truly discover this about myself until my mid-twenties. When I did, however, it kind of became a joke between my husband and I that he could always tell when something was bothering me because I would just start cleaning. Cleaning is very therapeutic for me. There is something about working through the process of cleaning as I am internally working through the process of my emotions. These days, I am less of an emotional cleaner and more of just an everyday cleaner. I still hold true to the fact that cleaning does reduce your stress level.
When to Start Spring Cleaning
It’s up to you! I would say that you could start as soon as the weather begins to change. I’d hate to dive into spring cleaning and have one of those classic midwest Kansas snowstorms plow through in March.
Really though, it’s up to you when you’d like to start freshening up your space. My recommendation would be mid-March to early May. Anytime within that window will give you the chance to get things really spruced up before summer arrives.
I like to designate a weekend or two to work through my Spring cleaning checklist. If I break it down by day or even by weekend then I can really picture how I am going to get everything done by the time I want to. It’s also nice to do it on the weekend when you know you will have larger chunks of time to work on it.
Holistic Spring Cleaning Checklist
Start with your closet. Go through each piece of clothing and make a pile for anything that doesn’t fit or doesn’t feel good. If you haven’t worn it in a year, then it’s time for it to go. I am becoming more and more fond of the idea of a few essential pieces that I love to wear versus a closet full of clutter. This can include shoes, jewelry and accessories. Can you believe I found two large ziplock bags full of necklaces and bracelets that I hadn’t worn in over three years? I didn’t even go through them, I just put them in a big trash bag and said goodbye!
Why this matters: Creating space in your closet makes room for a better flow of energy. Clearing out space will also create room for you to manifest and create more of what you want.
The bathroom can get really grimy really quick. Clear off your countertop and give everything I good wipe down. If you have cabinets or drawers, take everything out and wipe them down. Our bathroom gets really grimy so this is a must for us. Wipe down the mirrors and dust any lighting fixtures. Once you have dusted, scrubbed and wiped everything then you should sweep the floor (especially under vanities). I like using a really light, non-toxic cleaner like my Thieves cleaner from Young Living Essential Oils to give everything a good scrub in the bathroom. And bonus, it smells amazing!
Why this matters: Your bathroom can symbolize self-care and vitality. Taking time to get rid of old products that you no longer use and giving this space a good scrub will create more joy in your life.
In the bedroom you will want to pull bedding off and give everything a good wash. I will typically wash bedding on a sanitize cycle so that it gets really clean. Something that I recently learned about doing was to vacuum the mattress. You will be shocked at just how much debris is picked up off the mattress. While you’re in the bedroom sweep and clean underneath the bed to make sure and get all of the dust bunnies out. Don’t forget to dust and give your ceiling fan blades a good wash as well.
Why this matters: Your bed is closely tied to your personal energy. Think about the effect that clean sheets have on your mindset. It’s an amazing feeling. When you create a peaceful, restful space it can have a positive affect on your mindset.
If you have a rug in your entryway, you should take it out and either give it a good vacuum or if it’s washable, throw it in the washing machine. Sweep and move any entry tables out of the way and dust behind them.
Why this matters: I learned about how washing down your front door can be a great way to create a sense of stability and positivity. Take a wet, soapy towel and wash the front door inside and out. Wash the door frame and the storm door as well. Sweep off the front porch and wash or replace your entryway mats.
In the kitchen give the refrigerator a thorough deep clean. Start by taking out any old or expired food. Then toss any containers of condiments that may be almost empty. Pull out the shelves and drawers and wash them with hot soapy water. If you use any kind of contact paper, wash it if you can and replace it. Wipe down coffee spills and food splatters from the cabinets. Take everything off of the countertops and give them a good wipe down.
Why this matters: The kitchen is our source for nourishment. Cleaning and clearing this space allows us to create boundaries with our food. Spoiled and/or expired food symbolizes overall neglect of our health, so getting rid of any of that will help us turn our focus to overall health and wellness. Having a full fridge that isn’t too full is a good practice to maintain.
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I haven’t included everything that could possibly be done for Spring cleaning your home within this post because (hello!) that would take forever! So I am attaching a complete printable checklist for you to download (FREE!) and use for cleaning your home this Spring!