As Spring starts to show its presence, the one thing in the back of our minds is “Great Spring Cleaning is right around the corner! Ugg!! But don’t get overwhelmed yet! Here are a few tips to help you make this Spring cleaning season more productive and less stressful.
Tip #1- Make a List!
You shouldn’t start any large project without making a list of all the items you need to complete, items you will need to purchase, and any other factors that might impact your ability to get things done. Do this by room or related area if you can. This will help you break down your tasks and be able to determine what each room needs.
Tip #2- Focus on One Room or Area at a Time!
If you create more stress by focusing on too much at once, you will lose productivity and effectiveness. You will find that if you focus on too many areas at once, you can miss major items that you might have overlooked if you were trying to assess everything at once. Start by evaluating what needs to be done in each room seperately. Then, determine the order of priority and how much time you have available to tackle this one area.
Tip #3- Schedule to Do Your Spring Cleaning Over a Period of Time, Not All in One Day!
Little blocks of time is easier to fit into your schedule than spending a whole weekend focused on just Spring cleaning. So try to set little blocks of time aside that is assigned specifically to the tasks you have already determined you need to get done. Sometimes this means that you might have to jump around your priority list based on items that would fit into the block of time that you might have available for that day. Also build in a little wiggle room for unexpected things that you come across while tackling your list.
Tip #4- Don’t Forget the Kids!
Your kids can be a great source of help with Spring cleaning. Find little jobs they can help with, especially when it comes to their rooms or their spaces throughout the house. Just as for you, schedule small blocks of time for them to accomplish the tasks. The more they are engaged the better job they will do and if your children are anything like mine those periods of focused engagement can be quite short. Try to make it a fun game or offer incentives for completing their tasks on time and with quality such as maybe going out for ice cream.
So get out your vacuums, and your gloves and get excited about Spring cleaning instead of dreading it! Soon the sun will be shining and the flowers will be blooming and we should all be ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy the nice weather on its way!
If you have any questions, comments, or tips you would like to share, please use the comment section below.