Subito after our Christmas tree flies out through the living room window into the garden, I am happy every year again about order in the whole house. The sumptuous decoration comes out and the general cleaning out is on the program. Of course, this always includes a general cleaning of our house. And it seems that I am not the only one who dreams of cleanliness and order. The trend of tidying up is booming and there are lots of inspirations, be it online, in the bookstore or on TV. Marie Kondo, the “cleaning king” par excellence, has recently even had a successful series on Netflix. I’m not a Marie, but I have some tips for you so that you can organize your spring cleaning without stress.
1. let yourself be inspired
After reading the great book Einfach leben by Lina Jachmann, I was so inspired that I almost euphorically started to clean up. In this minimalism guide you’ll not only find great tips on how to create perfect order, but also stimulating home stories, exciting interviews and cool instructions for a sustainable and tidy life.
2. first we tidy up
Before you start cleaning, you have to clean up first. Take the time to really clean out and dispose of everything unnecessary or bring it to the Brockenhaus. Cleaning is twice as fast if there’s not something lying around everywhere.
3. Don’t do everything at once
Forget multitasking. If you are really serious about cleaning and tidying up, then go ahead room by room. Start with the room you’re most often in and muck it out all at once. Then you can clean the room thoroughly. Only when everything is ready do you go to the next room. If you tackle the whole apartment at once, you’ll often get bogged down or be overwhelmed by the many tasks.
4. make a list
Write down what there is to do in the rooms. This will keep you on top of things, and it’s a satisfying feeling to gradually remove tasks from your list. There are also many great lists online that you just have to print out.
4. Turn the music on
Everything goes easier with the right beat. When I hear Don’t Stop Me Now booming out of the speakers from Queen, I can’t be braked anymore. On Spotify there are cool pre-made lists like Die Putz Playlist. Fits, doesn’t it?
5. together you are less alone
Who says you have to do everything yourself? Everyone in the family should contribute to the spring cleaning. The children can help clean out their rooms and the God’s spouse can also help out. The best thing to do is to sit down and distribute the tasks among yourselves. Then everyone should set a deadline and off you go.
6. saviour in distress: the drawer of bits and pieces
Even in the most tidy house you need a “bits and pieces drawer” with space for rubber bands, Post-it, twist locks, clamps and the like. But to avoid the ultimate chaos there, it’s better to keep everything in small boxes and clean them out from time to time.
7. Reward yourselves
When all the jobs are done and the house really shines, reward yourself with a bunch of flowers, a manicure for the maltreated cleaning hands, or an extra yoga lesson. No matter what it is, the main thing is to say thank you yourself for the work you’ve done. So you’re already looking forward to the next cleaning action.