Most people think of New Year’s Day as a time for new beginnings. However, the arrival of spring may be a more realistic time to set new goals. Spring cleaning gives you a chance to assess your possessions and weed out items that are not relevant to your present lifestyle. It’s an ideal time to refresh your home. Following a few simple spring cleaning tips can make it all a lot less daunting.
Spring Cleaning Tips:
A lot of projects would never get started or completed without a time frame. Spring cleaning is one of those projects. To get the task done in a timely manner you should set a starting date and ending date. It may be that all you need is to dedicate one whole weekend to spring cleaning or you may have to spread the task out over a couple of weekends or several days a week. However, don’t feel like you need to get it done all at once. Commit to working on it and finishing it in your own time.
It may sound odd to go shopping before you start spring cleaning but there’s a good reason for doing that. Spring cleaning is a task that people often find excuses not to complete. If you have the cleaning items you need on hand before you start cleaning, you can’t use a quick trip to the store as an excuse to delay cleaning. Prepare everything first, eliminate all the excuses, and you’ll soon be on your way.
The 3 D’s
Keep the 3 D’s in mind when spring cleaning. Decluttering is a key part of any spring cleaning project. Donating items you don’t need frees up space in your closets, cabinets, garage, basement or storage building. Disposing of old, non-working items is an essential task when decluttering. Consider truck or dumpster rental to help you move or remove excess items. If you make the arrangement to make it easy, decluttering, donating, and disposing of old items won’t be difficult.
One Step at a Time
To avoid feeling overwhelmed with spring cleaning, tackle one room at a time. You might want to start with the unseen areas such as closets and cabinets. If you focus on the most visible areas of a room you may be tempted to omit cleaning the unseen spaces. Make a list of small areas to work on and check them off as you go. As you complete small sections, you’ll see how much you’re really doing and be motivated to keep working at it until it’s done.
Don’t feel like you’re solely responsible for spring cleaning. Get the whole family involved and the project will be completed faster. Plan a mini-celebration for everyone once the project is complete. It could be a pizza party, a family road trip, game night, movie night or whatever your family enjoys doing.
You can always keep in mind, that there are people who prefer summer cleaning over spring cleaning! (more hands on deck)