After a long winter, the itch for summer and open windows could not be more appealing! Dreams of summer nights, the smell of a charcoal grill, and spring cleaning, make those long winters all worth while, right? Okay, maybe not the spring cleaning part, but isn’t that just part of preparing for summer?
Even thinking about spring cleaning, may cause one to go into hibernation, wishing spring was not just around the corner. It may be a reminder of how cluttered and dirty our houses have gotten over the past how many months. Spring cleaning may be a motivating thought, but it’s the actual cleaning that may be the issue.
Where do you even BEGIN?
1. Have you thought about spring cleaning your schedule first? Forget the mop and duster. Look at your planner. What in your schedule, could you clean out? Are there things you are committed to, that do not reflect your values or where you want to go in life? Whatever is getting in the way of your true priorities, do not be afraid to spring clean those as well.
3. Before you spring CLEAN, spring DECLUTTERING. Why organize and clean what you are going to get rid of anyways? Ask each item:
- What is its purpose?
- When is the last time I have used it?
- Is it worth the space it takes up?
- Would someone else appreciate it more?
4. Enlist others to help you in your endeavor to spring clean your home! Why do it alone, if there are others who have contributed to the need to spring clean? Consider creating a checklist for your children to work through. This teaches them the value of hardwork, keeping a clean and organize home, while doing these duties together AS a family.
5. Go above and beyond your normal dusting, mopping, and vacuuming schedule.
6. Break your spring cleaning duties into chunks. Unless you have a full day, do not feel you need to conquer your entire spring cleaning in one day. Breaking it up, may also help you do a more thorough job, making sure you declutter and clean every nook and cranny.
8. Don’t forget about the outside! Check to see if any siding or shingles are loose, any windows that need to be caulked, or the deck re-stained. Worrying about the inside of the house often trumps the outside, but don’t forget about curb appeal!
9. Clean out the internal. Replacing filters, batteries in smoke alarms, vacuuming off refrigerator coils, and cleaning out your vacuum’s filter, are just a few suggestions on how to take care of the internal aspects of your home (those areas that are out of sight, out of mind).
Spring cleaning typically is not a one-day event. Let the thought of a fresh, clean home, encourage you to work hard now decluttering and cleaning, so that when summer does roll around, you can sit back and relax, letting that summer air fill your home!