When you are managing the madness of life, you must prioritize more. That means you get the big stuff done but tasks like dusting do not make it to the top of the to-do list. Well spring cleaning gives you a chance to turn it all around. It is the perfect time to catch up and renew your home from the long, frigid winter.

If you need a little inspiration and encouragement before you roll up your sleeves for a day of spring cleaning, we can help. The following ideas will help you streamline your spring cleaning, so you get it done in less time and with less stress.

1. Spring switch up
Spring cleaning is not always about dusting and trips to take the trash out. At the heart of it, it is about taking time to care for your home so you can have the best experience in it. It does not have to be a substantial change either, it can be as simple as updating the arrangement of your furniture to make your space feel fresh and ready for new experiences!

• Switch out your curtains
• Change throw pillows and blankets in common spaces
• Put spring plants around the house
• Rearrange the layout of your living spaces
• Switch to spring colors for towels and bedding
• Put spring accessories and accents through the home (plants, candles, decorations)

2. Do not forget the odd spots
It’s true that everyone has their own version of clean but one thing we can all agree on is that there are plenty of spaces in a home where dust and dirt can hide. We’ve all “swept something under the rug” a time or two, like tossing random things into a junk drawer or skipping the under-table space when you mop. Spring cleaning is a wonderful time to give these less-seen spots a touch up, and you may be surprised at how big a difference it makes to how your home feels.

Here are few spots you may overlook during your routine cleanings:
• Move couches and other furniture vacuum or sweep and mop
• Dust all your surfaces, moving knick-knacks
• Ceiling fans and air vents
• Baseboards, especially those in busy areas or near air vents
• Vacuum and/or sweep and mop under beds and in closets

3. Conquer the junk drawer
It could be a junk drawer, a closet, or the garage, but about every home has a place where mismatched and forgotten items go. Over time that piles up and before you know it, you have a bit of clutter. Now is a wonderful time to turn that around by sorting through and getting rid of that extra junk. If you find this type of cleaning difficult, you are not alone. Most people have a junk drawer and messy garage because they find it hard too.

You can use this tip to make it easier – create a pile for saving, tossing, and giving. As you sort through things, consider the last time you used the item. Unless it is a seasonal item, if you have not used it in 9 or more months, ask yourself if someone else could benefit from it. If the answer is yes, put it in the giving pile. If it is broken or unusable, part of a pair or something you completely forgot about, it is time to let go and move on.

4. Do not be afraid to let go
That threadbare old t-shirt in the back of your closet may be unwearable, but it holds memories. We all know how hard it can be to let go of things you have a sentimental attachment to, and we are not suggesting you toss things you hold near and dear! However, there is a strategy you can use to weed out the extra stuff laying around. Focus on letting go of things if you are keeping them due to functionality and potential.

For example, if you have gained a couple pounds but have a pile of clothes that does not fit, you are keeping them because you think they have the potential. If you have old DVD players, chargers or kitchen gadgets stockpiled, you are keeping them because you think they may be functional in the future. Things that fall into these categories can be let go, re-homed and given a new purpose. This will clean the clutter without requiring you to let go of something with true, sentimental value.

Home is where the heart is, so it should be a comfortable place for you and your family to make memories and recharge. Taking a little extra time during the spring to clean out and renew it a bit can go a long way toward making it an even more warm and inviting space.