Spring Cleaning 101: Time Management
Spring will be here before we know it and as the seasons change we often find ourselves wanting to freshen up and organize our homes as well. From closets, to filing cabinets, to the shelves in our garage, spring cleaning can be overwhelming to say the least. Check out these tips on how to make the most of your time during your spring cleaning efforts.
Don’t try to do it all at once
The biggest mistake you can make is trying to complete all your cleaning tasks in one weekend. Pick a room of your house to start with and tackle it one room at a time until you are complete. Not only does this give you a sense of accomplishment as you notice your progress, but it eliminates the stress of having to clean and organize your entire house at once.
Complete one task at a time
Often times weekend projects are a great way to focus on completing one task at a time. Do what’s obtainable for yourself and know what you have time for. Biting off more than you can chew can lead to unfinished projects and possibly more of a mess than you started with.
Don’t just “Spring Clean”
Most of us are notorious for collecting unnecessary things, and as the years go on the stuff just seems to keep piling up (especially those of us with children). Cleaning and organizing regularly can help you stay on top of these tasks and eliminate the need to “spring clean” altogether.
Finish what you start
At times it can be easy to get in over your head. It's important to only start projects that you know you can finish. Don’t try to tackle everything at once, have a method to your madness, and finish what you start.
Set aside time for cleaning
Many individuals clean when they feel in the mood to do so. Well, what happens when you’re never in the mood, or when your to-do list is miles long and cleaning gets moved to the back burner? When our lives are full of daily tasks, and complete chaos, it’s important to remember to block out a portion of your time to clean and organize your home. Doing a little bit over time is a lot easier than waiting until the end of the week, then spending the entire day cleaning and organizing.
Small details often go unnoticed when there are bigger messes or projects on your to-do list. Cleaning some of the easy to miss items in your house can make a world of difference. Yes, at times it may be tedious, but there is a big contrast between straightening up and deep cleaning your home.
Clean from top to bottom
Now this may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people forget the importance of cleaning from top to bottom. Why clean things twice, and why make it harder than it has to be?
Ask for Help
It’s okay to recruit some friends and family members to help you clean out the basement, or to organize the garage.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a dreaded task we each tackle once a year. Making small incremental changes and setting aside time to tackle projects throughout the year can make your spring cleaning check list a breeze.
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