Living a minimalist life has brought you more joy than you could have expected. Returning home to your small, intimate space each night feels peaceful and supportive of the life you want to live. While you may have trimmed down to just the necessities and the items that bring you happiness, small spaces can quickly get cluttered. Here’s how to get your tiny house in tip-top shape for the spring.
Declutter Before You Clean
The less you have in a tiny house, the better, especially when it comes to cleaning. Don’t bother dusting and mopping around your mess. To declutter before you clean, throw out or donate the items you don’t want, store the pieces you want but don’t need right now, and organize what’s left. As you organize the items you’re keeping, dust or wipe them down – you’ll be partially done with cleaning before you officially start.
This is also an opportunity to upgrade some of your organization systems. For example, if there’s a lot of clutter in your main living space, you don’t have to throw out necessities. Instead, look for ottomans that serve as storage or a new TV stand with cabinets or drawers in the bottom. Plus, if you want to liven up your home with a fresh paint job, the perfect time is after you’ve cleared some space.
Get Your Cleaning Supplies Together
Cleaning will be easier if you put all of your supplies in a bucket that you take with you throughout your home. Here are some go-to cleaning items and supplies:
- All-purpose cleaner
- Disinfecting wipes
- Glass cleaner
- Handheld duster
- Microfiber cloths
- Paper towels
- Rubber gloves
- White vinegar
You probably noticed there aren’t floor cleaning supplies on this list. As you clean your home, a lot of dust and debris is going to wind up on the floor. Save floors for last, once you’re done wiping and dusting everything else.
Clean Where You’ve Never Cleaned Before
Spring cleaning is about going beyond the norm to get to places you don’t generally clean. These spots may include:
- Behind/underneath furniture and around the back of connected appliances (fridge, toilet, etc.)
- Ceiling fans
- Exterior of windows (you probably just clean the interior regularly)
- Shelves and the tops of cabinets
- Underneath cushions
- Walls, especially if you have kids – the Magic Eraser may even remove crayon! And if it doesn’t, there are many other methods!
- Windowsills and in window tracks
If you don’t clean your fridge regularly, this is a great time to unload it, get rid of anything that’s expired, and wipe down the shelves and drawers. You may also want to replace your plastic food storage containers each spring, too.
Also, make a maintenance cleaning plan for the future. If there’s so much dust buildup on your ceiling fans that they’re a pain to get clean, you may want to quickly dust the fans each week to prevent that. If there’s something you absolutely hate cleaning, like your toilet, consider an upgrade that will make maintenance easier – for example, some smart toilets have a misting feature that reduces buildup.
Go Slowly if You Need To
Is this getting overwhelming? Spring cleaning is no small task, and even a tiny house can have a lot of spaces to spruce up. If you don’t want to tackle everything in a day or weekend, spread it out over a month. Here’s an example of what you can work on week to week:
- Week 1: This is your time to declutter. Get rid of anything that’s expired or almost completely used up in your fridge and medicine cabinet. Pack up clothing you won’t be using during the spring and summer. Clear out paperwork, old mail and magazines you don’t need anymore.
- Week 2: Dust, dust, dust! As you dust, you’ll probably find areas of your home that need a little extra TLC. For example, the cabinets near your kitchen may tend to get sticky from cooking, so this is a good time to wipe them down.
- Week 3: Wipe everything down, including shelves and hard-to-reach places you usually ignore, and then work on cleaning and polishing the floors toward the end of the week.
- Week 4: Tackle the large jobs that are left over, like your windows and window dressings. You can also clean upholstered furniture and wash all of your blankets.
The point of spring cleaning isn’t to torture you, it’s to refresh your tiny house so you can enjoy it for the warm weather. Take your time if you need to, and only work on the cleaning projects that will make a difference. For example, if you clean your fridge out regularly, you don’t have to make that part of your massive spring cleaning process.
The tiny house lifestyle means no excess (including dirt and clutter), and it’s nearly impossible to be a hoarder or collector – there’s simply no room! Throughout the rest of the year, you can rely on basic home maintenance to keep your home clean and organized. During the spring, though, go all-in to get rid of the items you don’t need and deep clean the ones you’re keeping.
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