This year you can take full advantage by using the following ten tips for a smart spring cleaning season:
- Welcome-in spring: focus on tasks that create renewal — the way dusting and window washing enhances your fresh air and sunshine indoors
- Set the mark high: remember that certain areas of the home — kitchen, bathrooms, kids rooms — require higher sanitary standards than others
- Don’t forget your workspace: include your home office, desk, and inbox; be sure to spend time filing and recycling letters, catalogs and email
- Prepare your tools: store task-specific supplies together in a labeled bucket (e.g. “dusting supplies”) making them easier to find next time you need them
- Minimize yourself: make decisions to purge your house of rarely used and unnecessary items; create boxes of items to sell and things to donate
- Clean your financial house too: this is a great time to sort your tax info, organize your bills, and improve your financial habits
- Hire out: certain tasks can hired out affordably, allowing you to focus time elsewhere; get rates from a local maid service or lawn crew
- Begin one new habit: commit yourself to a new healthy activity, like cleaning the refrigerator weekly or buying more green products
- Plan forward: use this time to set in stone some daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning routines; write your household cleaning plan and keep it in your planner
- Don’t create more waste: consider the environmental impact of your cleaning by using reusable towels, sponges, and mops instead of paper towels and Swiffer-type disposable sweepers
A few additional spring cleaning time management tips:
Write down what you’d like to accomplish this spring. Here are some smart ideas:
- Schedule your cleaning tasks onto your monthly calendar
- Plan your cleaning over several weeks because in most cases a single weekend isn’t enough.
- Remember: some tasks require several days while others will require preparation time.
- Schedule together activities that allow multi-tasking (e.g. doing laundry while cleaning blinds)
Share What’s on Your List
It’s easy to get overwhelmed while planning your spring cleaning, so remember to keep your plan realistic, and commit to only as much work as time allows.
Do you have a particular spring cleaning method that has been helpful to you? Please comment.