Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

 toronto-home-staging-gallery-zoeitThere is no doubt that spring cleaning can feel like a daunting task – especially if it hasn’t been done in years. It’s easy to slowly accumulate stuff over time and forget about those lost items shoved into the back of closets. And, of course, it’s so much easier to do anything BUT spring clean! Come on, there’s books to read, kids to drive around, tv to watch, tea to sip…the gym……we are with you at ZOEIT home staging.

Even if you aren’t planning to put your home on the market anytime soon, spring cleaning is a great way to keep on top of things in the event you do decide to sell and even for your own peaceful existence in your home. Here are our recommendations to get started:

PATIENCE
Cleaning house is a big chore and requires a lot of patience. Get to bed early the night before the big day and mentally prepare yourself for what you are about to embark on – it will require patience and self-love.

STRONG COFFEE
Coffee is essential. Brew a big pot and keep it warm. Pour in mug and repeat as needed.

GARBAGE BAGS
Donating unwanted and unused items is always the best and first choice for cleaning house. However, not everyone wants your ten year old socks with holes in the heels – these can go in a garbage bag, thank you! Make piles for donation, garbage and keep. Go through your keep pile when you are done as I guarantee you there will be items you can move from the keep pile to the donation or garbage pile.

DONATION BINS
As mentioned above, donating is better than contributing to the dump, so keep bins around that you can start adding items to. Be ruthless, if you can. If you’re not sure about something, set it aside and think about it for a week. You may find at the end of the week you’re not as emotionally attached to it as you thought. Pick a charity that donates the proceeds to a local shelter rather than a for-profit as a way to support your community – it will benefit those in need and make you feel good about giving away your stuff.

AN OPEN MIND
It’s easy to start thinking you NEED to keep the sweater that’s been hanging in your closet for 5 years, but hasn’t been worn, or the weird looking knick knack an aunt gave you for Christmas, but I doubt you will miss these things once they are gone. In fact, I bet you will feel better about having less clutter. It’s important to keep an open mind while doing spring cleaning so you can allow yourself to clear out things you don’t need. It’s easy to justify keeping everything as we often develop an emotional attachment to our stuff, but at the end of the day, it’s just stuff.

De-cluttering prior to putting your house on the market will ensure a quick and painless home staging process. If you decide to go it alone or hire a home staging company you’ve accomplished the painful first step!