Ahhhhh, spring. Time to open the windows, air out the house and … do some deep spring cleaning. I know, you thought I was going to say get out the bikes, or the tennis rackets, or the golf clubs.
But wouldn’t it be great to clear out those dust bunnies, do a bit of organizing, and actually be able to get to those things without climbing over mountains of clutter and dirt?
The secret to spring cleaning is to get the whole family involved. Break the tasks down into manageable parts, fix a time and then assign everyone tasks that suit their age and ability.
Follow these steps and you’ll be done in no time
1. Make a schedule
List all of the spring cleaning tasks inside and outside the house that need doing. Then post the list on the fridge or in some central location so everyone can check off each task as it’s done. Here’s a partial list to get you started (feel free to add to it):
2. Assemble your supplies
Use your list to figure out what cleaning supplies you’re going to need, and make sure you have ample amounts of those supplies. Make sure you also have enough sponges, cleaning cloths and scrub brushes.
3. Start at the top
Avoid having to retouch floors and furniture by cleaning each room from top to bottom. Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures first, then any furniture. Save the floors for last.
4. Divide and conquer
Don’t start a new task until you’ve completely finished your last task. Do your cleaning and organizing one room at a time. You’ll feel less overwhelmed and have a greater sense of accomplishment as you finish each room.
5. Look at your things objectively
Are your closets and storage spaces crammed with “just in case” items? You know, things that never see the light of day, but for some reason we keep around. Unless something holds true sentimental value, if you don’t use it… lose it.
6. Have a clean house party
Have a family celebration – a special meal, outing, or day trip – to mark the beginning of spring and the completion of spring cleaning.
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