Spring Cleaning vs Decluttering: What's the Difference?

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Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes the urge to clean and organize my home. But I've always wondered what the difference between spring cleaning and decluttering really is? And which one should you do first? I mean isn't spring cleaning decluttering all the junk you accumulated over the year? Is spring cleaning suppose to take weeks to do even? Or am I overthinking this? Let's discuss the differences between spring cleaning and decluttering, as well as provide some tips on how to get started!

1. What is Spring Cleaning and Decluttering?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, spring cleaning is "a thorough cleaning of a house in the spring." This usually includes deep cleaning areas that are not regularly cleaned, such as windows, ovens, and closets. For my spring cleaning I mostly do deep cleaning practices like vacuuming under the beds, scrubbing the bathroom tile, washing all the windows and screens. That sort of thing.

Decluttering on the other hand is defined as "the act or process of removing unnecessary items from a place." This could be anything from clothes you no longer wear to old books you no longer read.

Typically, I like to sort through clothing during spring cleaning. You know, get rid of socks with holes or no matches, clothes that are too small or stained. That sort of thing. So in short, spring cleaning is a thorough cleaning of your entire home while decluttering is getting rid of the stuff you no longer need or want. Now that we know the difference between spring cleaning and decluttering, let's discuss how to get started!

2. How to Get Started with Spring Cleaning

After a while, I always lose motivation to continue cleaning partway through. I know it's important to clean all the areas of the house that don't get cleaned regularly, but it's so hard to get started! I usually end up just cleaning the kitchen and bathroom because they're the easiest. But then I feel guilty because I know there's so much more that needs to be done!

If you're like me and have trouble getting started with spring cleaning, here are a few tips:

  • Start small. Just pick one room or one area of your home to focus on. You don't have to do everything at once!
  • Set a timer. Sometimes all it takes is getting started. Set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can get done in that time. I bet you'll be surprised!Create a cleaning schedule. This will help you keep on track and make sure you're not forgetting anything!

3. How to Get Started with Decluttering

The hardest part about decluttering for me is getting started. Is that for you too? It seems like such a monumental task that I stop partway through. I know it's important to declutter, but I always have to break up decluttering into small 1-hour jobs!

So on Monday, I'll focus on declutter upstairs, room by room. I'll only do one hour of it. That way, it doesn't take the whole day, I don't lose time to work at home and I'm actually doing something for the house. I sometimes get my twins involved in the process, but sometimes bringing them in makes the task go longer!

Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean and Organized All Year Long

I always feel so accomplished after spring cleaning and decluttering. I finally have a clean and organized home to show for my efforts! But the hard part is keeping it that way. It's so easy to let things slip back into chaos.

That's why I've come up with a plan to help me stay on track. First, I create a cleaning schedule and make sure to stick to it. I set aside time each week to clean certain areas of my home. This way, I'm never overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning everything at once.

Another thing I do is declutter regularly. I go through my belongings every few months and get rid of anything I no longer need or want. This helps to keep my home from getting cluttered in the first place!

Finally, I make sure to involve my family in the cleaning and decluttering process. It's important to teach kids about responsibility and taking care of their belongings.

Here are some more organizational tips to get you started:

  • Make sure everything has a place to go
  • Store seasonal items out of sight (even if it's under your bed)
  • Use storage containers to organize your belongings

I hope these work for you.

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Elna enjoys writing about cleaning, organizing and other lifestyle topics.

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