We all love the refreshing and renewing results of Spring Cleaning, but getting to that finish line can seem overwhelming and impossible. It might be because cleaning your house from head-to-toe is a big job, or that parting with much-beloved clutter is enough to intimidate even the most veteran of tidy troopers.
Nevertheless, April is here and (whether we like it or not) that means the month of cleaning is too. But look at it like this: The arsenal of cleaning supplies you’ll need for your spring cleaning utility belt provides you with a new opportunity to choose eco-conscious products that will effectively clean your home and help preserve the environment.
We’ve compiled our three best hacks to tackle the clutter and lighten the load. First on the list?
It’s biologically ingrained in us to keep more than we need(1). So, rewiring our brains to get rid of the old to make way for the new can be an Everest of a challenge. The best piece of advice? Minimize clutter to maximize space.
A big component of the spring cleaning blues is having to part with the clutter you’ve become accustomed to. There’s another way to look at it, though. You know that nightstand you haven’t used in years and bump into each and every time you head to bed? Start there. If you can’t remember using something and can’t imagine when you will next, chances are you never will. To reduce your environmental impact, give things a second life by donating or selling your unwanted items, and always recycle trash whenever possible!
But minimizing doesn’t end with furniture and old clothes. Digitalization is a major boon when trying to downsize your mess. Old papers from college, crumpled receipts and photos that never leave their shoe box can be transferred and saved to your computer through the miracle of technology. Don’t have a scanner? Many printing services and office supply chains offer scanning services for very little money. There are also a variety of mobile apps that allow you to take a photo to help you categorize and store a digital version of your documents.
And while some paper needs to be tossed, others serve a purpose. Case in point: Lists.
When you itemize anything and everything, it’s easier to see the lay of the land and reduce the intimidation of taking on house-wide grime. Some common spring cleaning goals(2):
- Wipe walls and ceilings
- Reseal grout lines
- Vacuum and shampoo rugs
- Dust books and shelves
- Clean upholstered furnishings
- Wash all clothes and fabrics
- Thoroughly dust your home
- Wax wooden furniture
- Check fire safety
- Wash window screens
- Clean special dinnerware that has collected dust
- Wax non-wood floors
Now speaking of lists, it’s time to make a list of cleaning supplies.
When considering which cleaning products to enlist on your war against dirt, it’s important to consider what exactly is inside the bottle. Some conventional products utilize ingredients that can be harsh on humans and even harsher on the environment.
Instead, products like the ones featured in Modere’s household line are bringing a whole new dimension to spring cleaning.
Dish Wash, Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener are redefining “clean” with their industry-leading biodegradable and greywater safe ingredients. Because what’s the point of cleaning your house if it just moves the grime to the outside? With eco-conscious products, no longer will the wastewater from your spring cleaning labors go on to remain in the environment for months at a time or harm the green in nature’s greenery.
A home cleaned with ‘clean label’ products can lead to a clean conscience, turning simple spring cleaning into something more: It’s a moment to consciously opt for products that are better for your family, your home and the world around you.
(1)Amy Bucher, Ph. D. Why We Keep Things We Don’t Need: The Psychological Weight of “Stuff”. amybucherphd.com.
(2) Martha Stewart. Spring-Cleaning Checklist. marthastewart.com