As we look out the window, we see more and more people out and about. The reason? The weather is warming up; spring is finally on it’s way! With the cherry blossoms blooming all over the place, there is no denying that. However, with spring comes the dreaded spring-cleaning. Spring-cleaning has developed a negative connotation, but it really does a lot of good for our mind and space. In order to make this a (less) stress-free process, we have put together 5 tips to guide you:
1. Start slowly, but surely
We are all guilty of putting off cleaning “until tomorrow”. To ensure that you stay on task without overwhelming yourself, start small. Begin by choosing one room you want to tackle first, and work on that for an hour each night. This way, it isn’t incredibly time consuming, you will avoid unfinished jobs and you will be impressed by how much you’ve accomplished in one week.
2. Pace yourself
In addition to starting slowly, it is also a good idea to plan out exactly what you want to do. Make a list of all of the rooms, closets, and other tasks you want to tackle and then prioritize them. Once you have determined what needs to be done and in what order, you can prepare a weekly schedule. For example:
|5pm: Wash all of the bedding in the house
7pm: Sort through the tupperware drawer
|5pm: Clean out shoe closet and sort shoes into keeping and donating||* NIGHT OFF *|
A visual representation of your tasks and the organization of your schedule will help you and your mind relax.
3. Sort through your odds and ends
When we think of spring cleaning, we usually think of cleaning out our storage rooms, the garage, and deep cleaning our homes, but this year we challenge you to tackle the unexpected. By the unexpected, we mean the following:
- Go through your CD, DVD AND VHS collection and get rid of what you can easily watch through Netflix or listen to online
- Go through half-used, mostly empty bathroom products and throw them away
- Have a craft drawer/closet/room? Put together all of the supplies you know you won’t use and donate it to a school
- Go through your novelty appliances around the house and donate the ones you don’t use (do you really need that waffle maker?)
4. Get the whole family involved
Instead of taking on spring cleaning duty by yourself, or with your significant other, get the kids involved! After creating a schedule, pinpoint who will work on what task and make it as fun as it can be. For example, make it a competition to see who can finish their job the quickest, or offer up an ice cream run at the end of the week.
5. Don’t forget that the outside is just as important as the inside
While the inside of your house is the most obvious place to clean, don’t forget about the outside! The outside of your house has just been through the winter weather and is probably desperate for a good clean. Start with the following and work from there:
- Clean out your gutters
- Power wash surfaces on your porch or patio
- Clean your windows, as well as your screens (and start with the outside of the windows first, or you won’t see the difference from the inside!)
- De-leaf your lawn and flowerbeds
There you have it! Hopefully our five tips will help alleviate some of the stress that comes with spring cleaning.
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