Spring is the season for renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings. It is common to participate in the tradition of spring cleaning in March, but what about tidying? First, it’s important to understand the difference between the two activities. Tidying addresses objects while cleaning addresses dirt. Both actions are aimed at making a room look clean, but tidying requires moving objects and putting them away while cleaning requires wiping and sweeping away dirt. By tidying, you confront yourself. By cleaning, you confront nature. So let’s explore why it’s important to tidy first before diving into a deep spring clean:

You won’t get stuck cleaning things that don’t matter or spark joy. I’ll never understand why we’ve been conditioned to deep clean the inside of our home during a season prime for outdoor activity (?!?!). But, if you must clean in the spring, it’s important to get the task done as efficiently as possible to avoid missing out on opportunities to have fun in the sun. Similar to how we waste time looking for things we can’t find, we can also get trapped cleaning things that aren’t relevant to our ideal lifestyle and living environment. Tidying first before you clean can help you avoid this common pitfall once and for all!

It is easier to clean when you home is already in order. Deep cleaning requires access to hard to reach spaces such as your baseboards, cabinets, vents, blinds, etc. – places clutter loves to block. The KonMari Method™ encourages exposing flat surfaces as much as possible and storing items away neatly and intentionally in cabinets and drawers to make room for activities and experiences. Not only does this reduce visual noise, it makes cleaning and daily maintenance a breeze. One swipe and your counter is clean!

Decluttering exposes areas of your home in need of attention. The decluttering process lifts the spirit of a home by waking up dormant items that haven’t received your attention throughout the year. However, it also lifts the dust that covers these items when you engage with them. Additionally, unfinished projects will be exposed in areas of your home in need of your attention. Once the tidying dust has literally settled, remove the things that don’t spark joy from your home and clean the things that do until they shine!

Have you made plans to tidy before you clean this season? Let’s chat.

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Kristyn Ivey

Kristyn Ivey

For the Love of Tidy founder Kristyn Ivey is Chicago's first certified KonMari Tidying Consult.
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