How to spring clean when you hate to clean
With the turn of the calendar comes thoughts of spring cleaning. The snow is gone, flowers are blooming, and birds are waking me up at the crack of dawn. My brain says, “get up and clean something!”
What you may not know about me is that I love, love, love to declutter and organize. And I hate, hate, hate to clean. I'm always dumbfounded when someone tells me they cleaned their baseboards last weekend. Why would I waste a weekend doing that?
I love the feeling of throwing open the windows – and letting the dust just blow right out of the house. That works, right?
Well, spring cleaning doesn't have to be a chore if you plan for it.
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 furniture on the porch is much higher on my list than cleaning bathroom grout.
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 – you're good to go. Good luck and enjoy it once you're done!
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