Spring Cleaning Tips for People Who Hate to Clean
Spring is here!
Well, nearly. Positive thinking should push it into existence — that's what I'm hoping, anyway.
Because spring means less freezy mornings (hooray!), and new flowery wardrobes (cute!), and longer days (finally!), and allergies (sniffle), and muddy paws (gross), and cleaning (booooo, boo for cleaning).
And, if you're anything like me, there are few things you dread more than spring cleaning.
I consider it a must-do because it may be the only time I really deep clean anything all year every year, and I've got some tips to help you get ‘er done if you're like me and just honestly don't really want to.
Don't go big.
You're not accustomed to marathon cleaning jobs. You're accustomed to doing what's required for daily living and what you can get away with when your mother visits. Small daily tasks will make it more manageable and, if you must tackle something massive (like your garage or your basement), make them your only task for the day.
Open closed doors.
Fridges, closets, pantries — any place where things can be quickly hidden when company calls and says they're in the neighborhood — is probably a mess. Use this time to get those things back in order, even though no one is going to see them.
Make a list.
Include everything you must get done and then add something to your calendar to be done every day. On days you have more time, schedule something larger, on days when you're pressed for it, make it something smaller. Consider these tasks just as important as other things on your calendar, like going to the doctor or meeting a work deadline so that you don't just push them aside and never come back to them.
Don't just organize, downsize.
Throw away, or donate, or sell, or whatever you like to do with things you haven't truly used in the past 365 days. Other than collectibles and sentimental objects, if you haven't touched an item in a year, chances are you don't really need it.
Make it a family affair.
Give everyone a task that fits their developmental capabilities. Spring cleaning, like day-to-day cleaning, shouldn't be a solo mom job. I get my 7-year-old to organize his stuffed animals and other toys, I put my 10-year-old in charge of going through outdoor toys and balls to determine which ones need to be thrown away, and I get my oldest to help me with all of the heavy lifting.
Find some inspiration.
I love it when people give me good ideas that are easy to pull off. For example, this article on Mental Floss sharing 15 Brilliant Life Hacks to Speed Up Your Spring Cleaning. Smart and fast? Um, yes please!
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