Do you enjoy spring cleaning?
Spring cleaning time is finally here, but maybe you don’t find yourself excited about ripping your house apart and dusting places you didn’t even know existed.
Just remember, you are not alone. I would raise my hand to the sky if asked, “Who does not like spring cleaning?”
Part of the reason I don’t like Spring cleaning is because I find it so hard to make time to clean everything and no matter how hard I try, there is always something left on my checklist that never gets done (like cleaning the walls).
If you find yourself postponing your spring cleaning tasks, I have some ideas to help you figure out how to fall in love with it.
Create your action plan
The first step to figuring out how to fall in love with spring cleaning is to create your action plan. By setting aside time to create your entire task list, you will be more prepared on what exactly you need accomplish. I recommend starting with a checklist. You can download our FREE SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST to get started.I recommend using our checklist as a guide and then adding some additional items custom to your home or apartment. For instance, on outdoor tasks, you could include cleaning your car. I know I work better if something is written down to hold me accountable. Try it out!
I recommend using our checklist as a guide and then adding some additional items custom to your home or apartment. For instance, on outdoor tasks, you could include cleaning your car. I know I work better if something is written down to hold me accountable. Try it out!
Once you have a checklist created, start scheduling. I always plan for one weekend to complete all my spring cleaning tasks but that never works out. Instead be realistic. You can break up your Spring cleaning into weeks or months (Spring is longer than just one month, right?). If you find your schedule to be chaotic, schedule in times to clean and stick with them. While it’s a lame excuse to not do something because you should clean, if that’s what you must do to get it done, then do it!
Before you begin cleaning, I highly recommend you complete a supply check. By reviewing supplies, you will need to clean, you can eliminate running back to the store or forgetting to grab something. Collect all your cleaning supplies in one locale to make them easily accessible and visible for an inventory check.
Once you’ve reviewed your supplies, make a shopping note on what other items you might need to pick up. The FunTimesGuide.com created a list of the best household cleaners. I highly recommend checking it out as most of them are very common items and there isn’t anything too fancy. You can view the list HERE.
Where to start
If you are like me, you have odds and ends, aka clutter, laying in various areas of your house. One step that HowStuffWorks.com recommends taking is decluttering. I highly recommend doing this first and in fact, this year, that’s where I’m going to start! By decluttering, you can end the common shuffling of random piles from room to room. If you are having issues parting ways with some things, use a 3 bin/bag method of keep, donate, toss. For anything that is paper based, if it doesn’t have important information, you can pitch it. If you need somewhere for items that need to be shredded, consider buying a plastic tub, cutting a slit in the top, and labeling it SHRED BOX. This is an easy way to get rid of unsightly paper and once it is time to have it shredded, it’s all nice and together in a single box.[Tweet “If you are having issues parting ways with certain items, use a 3 bin/bag method of keep, toss and donate/sell.”]
For anything that is paper based, if it doesn’t have important information, you can recycle it. If you need somewhere for items that need to be shredded, consider buying a plastic tub, cutting a slit in the top, and labeling it SHRED BOX. This is an easy way to get rid of unsightly paper and once it is time to have it shredded, it’s all nice and together in a single box.
Sticking it out
Once you’ve started spring cleaning, you might rethink your love for it. Trust me, if you feel like you’ve experienced what Minion Phil is going through, I would feel the same way.
I completely understand that you’re tired, maybe sore, or just want to watch Netflix, but the best advice I can give you is just to hold on for a little bit longer and try to stick to your plan! If you do, not only will you love spring cleaning, but you will have a dazzling home and you will feel super successful that you accomplished all your tasks.
If you do take a day, night, or a week off and feel bummed because you still have forty tasks to complete, don’t stress! This is your home and your schedule so try modifying your plan to work with you. If you need to start fresh, remember to download our FREE SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST as your starting point.
Also, if you have any tips for other readers, want to share your thoughts, or need to ask a question, do not hesitate to comment below. We want to know what you are doing to stay on top of Spring Cleaning.
Sources: POPSUGAR Smart Living, Household Tips Guide – The Fun Times Guide, HowStuffWorks, Mr. Clean – YouTube, Imperfect Home Making, Minions – YouTube, Morning Motivated Mom
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