For The Big Spring Spruce-Up, we’re throwing our windows wide open and letting in all that fresh air. Follow along for handy tips and game-changing tricks—cleaning and organizing to-dos, home decorating projects, and more.
As we well know, the power of five minutes is real. You can chop a heck of a lot of garlic, you can make your own home scent—you can even make some tiny breads. Truly, you can get a surprising amount done in this very focused, short period of time. And these days, with time being the most precious commodity, I'm always looking for smart ways I could be using it more wisely.
A friend just told me about an interesting thing that she does. She activates a timer that caps her Instagram usage to just 15 minutes a day. A day! A recent feature can now tell you how much time, on average, you're spending on the entertaining, but highly addictive, app. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), this function isn't enabled on my phone yet; but asking around, it seems anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes per day is the norm among my peers.
A 45- to 60-minute chunk of my day can go far. I can make a meal (or two), start a load of laundry, or give the bathroom a scrubdown. Admittedly, the thought of diving deep into a cleaning project after a long day of work is not only intimidating but physically daunting (at the end of most days, the only project I'm capable of is changing into loungewear and maybe getting a Korean sheet mask on my face). That's where the concept of micro goal-oriented cleaning tasks comes in.
Micro goals, as I'm calling 'em, are just that. Small but effective tasks whose end results are quite noticeable. This time of year, when we're still deep in the throes of winter, and spring seems close (but juuust out of reach), you can start chipping away at these more manageable cleaning projects. You'll feel like you're accomplishing something, and come real spring, you won't have to start from ground zero.
Below, your room-by-room checklist, for whenever you have just five minutes to spare:
If you're reading this, chances are you're the type to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. With so many appliances, gadgets, and parts, you can easily break down the cleaning and organizing into compartmentalized tasks:
Listen, I'll readily admit to haphazardly "placing" my clothing atop dressers and chair backs. And I fully recognize this is not a good look for your bedroom. Take just a few minutes to tidy up your sanctuary; it'll make all the difference.
If any room requires attention first, the bathroom would be it. Devoting just a few moments here always makes a world of palpable difference (and it's the first place I clean when last-minute company's already on the way).
It's easy to make the room everyone wants to kick back in as welcoming as possible. Start by giving the entire space a quick sweep or vacuum, then tackle it section by section.
A clean and clear entryway promises more clean and clear spaces ahead. Wrangle those keys and random winter accessories to start.