Gearing Up For Spring Cleaning

It might be hard to imagine warm weather and blue skies in the middle of February throughout New England, but the results of this past Groundhog Day suggest that Spring is just around the corner. On February 2nd, 2020, the famous Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, signaling an early spring to those who believe the legend. But even if you aren’t a believer in local lore, daylight saving time and the Spring Equinox will both occur next month, and the cold winter months will be behind us. This means that it is time to prepare for the annual task known as ‘spring cleaning.’ We know that this can feel daunting, especially in the midst of winter, but we have developed a simple guide to help you make the most of your spring cleaning this year!

Form a Game Plan, Make a List

Before you start cleaning, we recommend creating a prioritized list of what you want to clean and when you want to clean it. Consider the high-traffic areas in your home that will need extra attention, as well as any areas that you typically skip during routine cleaning. It will also be important to take note of all cleaning supplies you currently have on-hand and make a separate list of what you will need to re-stock. Regardless of where you start or how you prioritize, making a list and setting a schedule will help you get everything done in a timely manner.  

Try Top-Down for a Complete Clean

When prioritizing your cleaning list, we recommend taking a top-down approach. This involves cleaning areas that are close to your ceiling first and then working your way down toward the floor. This will force dust and other debris down to the floor and will prevent you from having to clean certain areas multiple times. A top-down cleaning process could begin with a thorough dusting of any ceiling fan blades or tall bookcases, followed by a washing of the windows and a polishing of any furniture or countertops. This process could then conclude by cleaning the base-boards, washing the carpets, and polishing any wood or tile floors.

Remove the Clutter, Remove the Stress

One major component of spring cleaning is typically the act of decluttering. Decluttering involves ridding your spaces of items that you no longer have use for, and that simply take up valuable space in your home. This task might seem intimidating or even unpleasant, however, you’d be shocked by how much of a difference a little bit of decluttering can make. At Goodwill of Southern New England, we recommend starting small and tackling this on a room-by-room basis. Go back to that priority list you made, and think about each room at a time. Once you’ve done this, begin to get organized by sorting your clutter into various categories that determine whether you will donate them, throw them away, or give them to a loved one. 

Here at Goodwill of Southern New England, we highly encourage you to donate any of your gently-used or unused items. We accept a variety of tax-deductible donations at any of our fifteen Goodwill Stores, our seven Attended and four Unattended Donation Centers and numerous Donation Bins throughout Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island. By donating to Goodwill of Southern New England, your unused or gently-used items can help us enhance employment, educational, social, and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges in our community. Visit our website for additional information on donations.