It’s that time of year again folks! Right? Wrong! Spring cleaning is amazing in concept, but let’s be real: The only reason you need to do spring cleaning is because you didn’t maintain your previous purge of all unnecessary things.
We’re firm believers in the importance of having good feng shui in your home in order to stay healthy, happy & stress free, and clutter is one of the best ways to mess that up. Therefore, today we’re sharing some of our top tips for MAINTAINING that cleansed home post-”spring” cleaning so it never gets to the point of feeling like you need to dedicate hours & hours to purging. Trust us, you’ll be much happier coming home and knowing that your place is clear of excess every day, and not just for the period following that traditional spring cleaning. Let’s dive in!
Step 1: Declutter (Marie Kondo that bitch!)
Ok, so this 1st step is actually spring cleaning, since you likely aren’t up to speed with the whole “maintaining” piece yet (I mean, that’s why you’re here!). Before you can maintain your decluttered home, you gotta declutter it first.
Marie Kondo has become a household name with the release of her Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a must watch if you haven’t yet. We’ve followed her for years, embracing her philosophy of only keeping items that “spark joy,” and we must say, it truly works. Who needs ALL THE THINGS if the things aren’t something that makes you happy? The cliff notes are simply this: Go room by room and pick up every object/thing you have one by one (we mean EVERYTHING - get in that catch-all drawer!). If the item doesn’t “spark joy” when you’re holding it, get rid of it! It’s not necessary. Of course, always donate or recycle whatever is possible so it doesn’t end up in the landfill.
Step 2: Thoughtful Restraint
Now we can start thinking about maintaining that newly cleansed pad, and that starts with thoughtful restraint. There’s no sugar coating it: Society has become one of excess through a combination of drastically smarter targeted advertising through data (hello Google & Instagram) and cheaper manufacturing that has allowed prices to stay low (hello China). The unfortunate outcome is that we’ve been conditioned to buy more and more items, typically impulsively, that are not REALLLYY up to snuff when it comes to quality. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good deal, but only if it’s something that we know will last and has integrity in its materials (ecological & durable).
When it comes to practicing thoughtful restraint, start by asking yourself these questions before making that purchase:
Is this item a need or a want? If the latter, then you can probably skip it, but still go on to question 2.
Do I have a specific place for this item? If not, whether a need or a want, make sure you have a spot picked before you actually buy it. That way it’s got a home in your home and doesn’t become clutter!
What would happen if I didn’t purchase this? If your answer is, “not much,” then as we say in NYC, fogettaboutit.
By taking a few moments to pause & reflect before making a purchase, you’ll find you end up with far less clutter in your life (and mo’ money in that bank account!)
Step 3: Get that routine in check
Now that you’ve decluttered and have changed your purchasing habits to limit what comes into your home to only those items that truly matter to you, it’s time to change your “spring cleaning” routine.
We’re huge fans of taking 15-30 mins every day (yes, EVERY!) to walk our home with a cup of coffee in hand and feel the energy, or “Chi" in the context of good feng shui. If you enter a space and it doesn’t feel amazing, there’s likely something off. It could be something as simple as a surface being left with items laying on it (tidy it up!) or something affecting your subconscious like the air quality (let some fresh air in!). I also recommend making your bed, doing a light dusting, putting those dirty dishes in the dishwasher and fluffing your pillows.
You’ll find your routine and what makes you feel at peace & happy in your home. The trick here is simply maintaining your home in a beautiful state with things that “spark joy” instead of collecting tons of clutter throughout the year only to do a massive spring cleaning. You (and your visitors) will love coming home to a space that reflects order and cleanliness, and that feeling will permeate your subconscious into every aspect of your life.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips! If you have any of your own tips to share, make sure to let us know in the comments below.