How to tackle spring cleaning tasks in 3 simple steps

How to tackle spring cleaning tasks in 3 simple steps

The transition from winter to spring brings a natural desire to clean out and refresh your home. While a marathon weekend spring cleaning session can be a satisfying way of getting your household prepped for the warmer months, between play dates, nap schedules, laundry, trips to the grocery store and family activities, being able to dedicate so much time to one endeavor is just not realistic for many parents. 

Luckily, you can spring clean your entire house in 15 to 30 minute chunks. Rather than procrastinating because you feel overwhelmed, or because you don’t have time to do it all, focus on maximizing the bits of time that you do have. Here is how:

Day 1: Make a list

Walk through each room of your house and jot down what small areas need to be cleaned out. Write down specific tasks, like “desk drawer” rather than “home office.” Estimated time: 15-30 minutes.

Day 2: Prioritize your list

Ask yourself, “What causes me the most pain?” If the bin of winter gear isn’t as bad, but the kitchen junk drawer makes you grimace every time you open it, then the drawer is the place to start. Estimated time: 15 minutes.

Day 3 and after: Go

Spend 15-30 minutes tackling one small project. Set a timer and make sure you focus solely on that project until the timer rings. If you are still motivated, move down the list, but don’t do so much that you begin to feel overwhelmed.

Here are some ideas for what can be tackled in short bursts of time:

  • Clean out a kitchen drawer while you are waiting for coffee to brew. 
  • Discard expired pantry items while you are waiting for vegetables to roast.
  • Sort through a stack of paper in the time it takes for your TV program to return from commercial break.
  • Clean out your make-up drawer while you are waiting for the shower to get hot. Cleaning out unused or expired items from under your bathroom sink will only take 15 minutes. 

By working with the slots of time you have and avoiding “an all or nothing approach,” you’ll be able to refresh your space and still have time enjoy the sunshine.

About this Experts Contributor: Sarah Giller Nelson is the owner of Less is More, a Chicago professional organizing company inspired by a passion for beauty and order. Less is More has been organizing the homes of busy families since 2010. For more organizing tips and inspiration, visit their website at or follow them on Facebook and Pinterest

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