4 ways to make spring cleaning less of a chore
It is officially Spring even though there is snow on the ground outside my window. With the turn of the calendar comes thoughts of spring cleaning. Or sometimes, how to avoid spring cleaning.
I won't pretend to be an expert on cleaning and I'm always dumbfounded when someone tells me they cleaned their baseboards last weekend. I'm lucky if I remember that I have baseboards!
Everyone loves the feeling of throwing open the windows – and letting the dust just blow right out of the house. That works, right? Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a chore if you plan for it. Here are a few ways to get started:
Make a list of what needs to be done. Pull all of those thoughts out of your head and make a to-do list on paper, in your phone, or on your calendar. Prioritize based on what is going to bring you the greatest satisfaction when complete. Cleaning and arranging the porch is much higher on my list than grouting bathroom tile.
Determine when these tasks will be done. Are you willing to give up some of each weekend for the next month? Or maybe taking a day off work will motivate you to get it all done asap?
Enlist help from others. Everyone who lives in the house should assist in maintaining it. Assign each family member a room to tackle on their own or perhaps a specific task they enjoy most. For big jobs that need outside help like window washing, carpet cleaning etc., schedule appointments with your favorite local businesses now.
Get all of your supplies together. Make sure you have all of the tools and cleaning supplies you need to avoid that middle-of-the-project run to the hardware store.
So now you know what your are going to do, when you are going to do it, who is going to help and how you are going to do it – so you're good to go.
Good luck and enjoy it once it's done!