Ready to declutter your mind and space? Spring is a season of fresh starts, and an ideal time to kick those winter blues. Let NEMA San Francisco be your sanctuary with breathtaking views of the cityscape and bay. Clear out the clutter, soak in the scenery, and embrace a sense of calm like never before. We’ve rounded up a few tips to make spring cleaning a breeze:

Remove Clutter. Start by purging items you no longer need or use, then categorize and organize what's left. Invest in storage solutions like bins, baskets, and shelves to maximize space. Eliminating clutter before starting to spring clean will make cleaning every room easier.

Work Top to Bottom. Start cleaning from the top and work your way down - ceiling fans, light fixtures, walls, artwork, and shelves before moving on to mid surfaces like Quartz Countertops then on to lower surfaces down to your polished concrete or wood floors.

One Room at a Time. Focus on completing one room before moving on to the next. Take your time and really work on each space. Don't forget the little details, they make a big difference.

Tackle Your Walk-In* Closet. Start by taking everything out of your spacious closet and sorting it into keep, donate, toss piles. Invest in space-saving organizers. Arrange by color or category for easy access.

Intelligently designed kitchens let you make the most of organic local farm deliveries, while spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs provide the ultimate retreat to relax at the end of a busy day.

Give the Bathroom Your Full Attention. Clean, sanitize and organize your bathroom including your dual vanity* and soaking tub.

Deep-Clean Your Appliances. Once your bathroom is squeaky-clean, head straight to your kitchen, and start tackling your stainless-steel appliances. Clean out those slow close drawers and don’t forget the fridge.

Use Stylish Spring Décor. Incorporate pops of pastel colors, floral prints, and natural textures like rattan and jute to create a light and airy feel. Decluttering your space will make these elements stand out even more. Don't be afraid to mix and match different styles for an eclectic look that is sure to grab attention.

Looking for step by step help? The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items.

“Your home is your sanctuary – it houses your spark-joy objects and supports you by keeping you safe. Dedicating time to express gratitude for your home is a powerful act that will heighten your sensitivity to joy and remove energy and objects that no longer serve you.” – Marie Kondo

Take a page from Marie Kondo’s book and discover the six basic rules of tidying:

Rule 01: Commit yourself to tidying up. Setting the intention to seriously tidy up – and resolving to put in the time and effort required – is the first rule of tidying. When you approach your tidying festival with a clear vision and a can-do attitude, you’ll find the energy and motivation you need to tidy all of your belongings in one go.

Rule 02: Imagine your ideal lifestyle. Marie’s tidying process is not about decluttering your house or making it look neat on the spur of the moment for visitors. It’s about tidying up in a way that will spark joy in your life and change it forever. Think about what kind of house you want to live in and how you want to live in it.

Rule 03: Finish discarding first. On a practical level, discarding first also allows you to have an accurate grasp of how much actually needs to be stored. Only after you’ve discarded can you turn your full energy and attention to that which brings you joy.

Rule 04: Tidy by category, not by location. People often store the same type of item in more than one place. When you tidy each place separately, you’re repeating the same work in many locations. Tidy by category – clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items) and then sentimental items – and you’re on the path to success.

Rule 05: Follow the right order. By starting with clothes (relatively easy) and ending with sentimental items (challenging), you hone your decision making skills as you go; by the end, choosing what to keep seems simple.

Rule 06: Ask yourself if it sparks joy. To determine this when tidying, the key is to pick up each object one at a time, and ask yourself quietly, “Does this spark joy?” Pay attention to how your body responds. Joy is personal, so everyone will experience it differently; Marie describes it as “…a little thrill, as if the cells in your body are slowly rising.” Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.

Happy spring sprucing!

Image Credit: Marie Kondo on Youtube

New San Francisco Luxury Apartment Rentals
Efficient, engaged, and fully wired for seamless access to everything you need – this is the NEMA approach to San Francisco's tech-savvy lifestyle. NEMA is a next generation luxury residential community at the forefront of San Francisco’s dynamic Mid-Market neighborhood renaissance. Find your San Francisco apartment at NEMA. Get social with us and follow our story on Facebook and Instagram. Use #NEMAsf to share with our team.