The Home Organization Life Cycle is an important concept to understand. Once you figure it out, you can finally end the cycle of (1) spend all day cleaning, (2) get frustrated the very next day at the messiness of your house, (3) give up the rest of the week, (4) repeat.
The good news is that you can jump into any section of the life cycle based on the state of your home right this second. However, if you’re the type that likes to have a suggested “starting point”, I personally think that Cleaning Surfaces is a great place to start. (You can click the previous link to read about that in depth.)
However, once you’ve read about and gone through most of the cycle, you’ll have space and capacity to DEEP CLEAN!
When do you get in the mood to deep clean your home? If I had to guess, it’s probably around the first of the year, in the Spring, and maybe on an unusually warm Autumn day.
But what happens the rest of the year?
Well, if your home is fairly simplified and organized, you have a couple of choices:
- You can maintain the cleanliness of your home by using a simple cleaning schedule.
- You can Deep Clean (Spring Clean) when the mood strikes (be it once a year or three times a year).
However, if your home feels cluttered and disorganized, you probably won’t deep clean very often.
For example, would it ever cross your mind to clean the refrigerator coils when the counters in the kitchen are cluttered? Or clean the crumbs out of the kitchen cabinets when they are stuffed full? I doubt cleaning your windows and blinds are top of mind when your living areas have piles everywhere. And you probably don’t think about cleaning the dust off your ceiling fan and out from under the bed when your bedroom is a disaster.
Scrubbing crevices and deep cleaning often ignored areas happens after you’ve succeeded in the other areas of the Home Organization Life Cycle.
Think about the last time you cleaned your bedroom and bathroom. You may have followed a process similar to this:
- Picked up dirty clothes off the floor and put them in the hamper. Removed books, paper, jewelry, and other contents from the top of the dresser and nightstands. (CLEARED BEDROOM SURFACES)
- Removed trash, dirty dishes, and other items that belong in another location. (SIMPLIFIED THE STUFF IN YOUR BEDROOM)
- Folded and put away clean clothes in dresser drawers and the closet. Made up bed. Straightened other items that were in disarray. (ORGANIZED BEDROOM CONTENTS)
- Got energized from seeing your bedroom starting to look serene again. (INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY)
- Vacuumed. Polished furniture. Cleaned windows and blinds. Finally used the Magic Eraser to erase the crayon marks your child drew on the wall. (DEEP CLEAN)
Only after you consciously – or unconsciously – went through the other stages of the Home Organization Life Cycle were you able to really focus on cleaning and deep cleaning.
Keep in mind that the life cycle isn’t a hard and fast guideline. But generally, it’s how we operate when it comes to maintaining our home.
What happens after you deep clean your home?
Want to know the best part about this life cycle? After you finally get around to accomplishing some deep cleaning tasks, it’s EASIER to maintain.
Messes will happen, of course.
You just have to spend a few minutes clearing those surfaces, and you are back in business!! Then implement a few habits to keep the surfaces clear, and you’ll have the mental capacity to simplify and organizing a bit more.
Do you see where you’re headed?!?! The second round of the Home Organization Life Cycle. And you’re moving a faster this time around.
It gets easier and faster every time you cycle through. Keep going! It will be worth it!
Okay, this series has been one of my absolute favorites. And your feedback has been tremendous! If you missed any of the stages in the Home Organization Life Cycle, sign up to get the entire series delivered straight to your inbox.
However, if you are ready to take your Deep Cleaning to a whole new level, check out Spring Cleaning 365.
You can choose ANY area of your home to clean, organize, and simplify. You’ll get daily instructions/accountability/encouragement to make progress on that room. You can repeat the series until you are completely happy with the results and then move on to another room or area. Spring Cleaning 365 walks you through the process of Spring Cleaning (aka Deep Cleaning) just about every room/area in your home. Come check it out to see if it will work for you!