spring cleaning

There’s something about Spring that makes us want to open up the windows, dust things off, and make a fresh start. Spring cleaning checklists are everywhere, and whether you’re a fan of Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, or simply looking to get a little more organized, there’s plenty of advice to go around. The hardest part can just be figuring out where to start.

Getting Help With A Checklist

When we started to look for a checklist of spring cleaning chores to share, just reading the lists often want to make you reconsider and go take a nap. Lists include dusting all moldings and baseboards, ceiling fans and furniture. They suggest washing walls, doors, banisters and windows, inside and out. Deep cleaning carpets and floors, cleaning air vents, cleaning out the fridge and cupboards, vacuuming refrigerator coils and more are on the list. While I agree that all of these things need to be done, the list can rapidly feel overwhelming. It makes me appreciate why Kendal-Crosslands community residents are so happy- they are living a maintenance-free lifestyle in their cottages, and can get any and all help they need with these chores!

Spring Cleaning is a Great Time to Simplify and Downsize

Spring Cleaning is a perfect time to declutter your home. Rather than just dusting and rearranging everything, Spring Cleaning gives you the opportunity to do some strategic downsizing and decluttering in the process. Eliminating clutter while you clean can be as easy as getting a few boxes and labeling them:

  • Things to give to a friend/family member
  • Things to donate
  • Things to sell
  • Things to trash
  • Things to Recycle
  • Things to Move
  • Things to Keep and
  • The Maybe box-reserved for a few things you just don’t know what to do with.

As you clean and organize a room, you can sort things at the same time. Start eliminating things that aren’t being used and aren’t making you happy. At the end, you’ll have a few boxes of things ready for their new home, and you’ll have less things to clean in the process. That’s a win-win, especially if you are considering a move into a smaller home in the next few years.

If you are thinking about your retirement living options, even if it seems a few years away, doing strategic decluttering now will help make any future move a lot easier, and the process much less daunting.

Decluttering and downsizing bit by bit while you Spring Clean just makes sense, for its immediate benefits, and to make your long-term goals easier to achieve.

If you’re interested in learning more about Kendal-Crosslands Communities, and how a maintenance-free cottage could free you up from many of the home maintenance chores you face with Spring Cleaning, just click below to download our digital brochure.