Spring has sprung! How lovely it is to see the blossom trees bursting into flower and the beautiful sun shining again. It is the time of the year where we get to do our spring cleaning. Also, as the -ber month is already upon us, it is time to clean and declutter in preparation for Christmas.
For some, spring cleaning is a dreadful task that requires a lot of time, effort, and patience. However, with just a few strategies - scheduling, delegating, batching - we can change that perception and have yourself spring cleaning like a professional in no time!
Here are some tips and ideas lifted from a website called Stay at Home Mum, from an article entitled “Spring Clean like a Professional”.
1. Get the family involved.
Not only would it heighten everyone’s sense of responsibility, it would also allow you to get things done a lot faster. Assign a room or certain chores to everyone, even your children, and then promise them an incentive for a job well done afterwards.
2. Set a weekend for it, and follow that schedule strictly.
Spring cleaning is a task that no one wants to start on, but once it’s done, fulfilment can’t be helped. That’s why in order to find that fulfilment, make it a point to set one weekend to spring clean, and then to stick to that schedule you made. When success follows discipline, there’s nothing like it! I assure you.
3. Make a checklist.
Within that weekend, make a checklist that you could follow in order to ensure that nothing gets left behind, and that everything becomes clean and fresh when you’re done. You can make a checklist for each room, and then follow that list as you go on, slowly checking off more and more of the items in it as you gradually get things done. The next thing you know, everything’s checked off.
4. Ready all the cleaning equipment at least a day before.
This one’s a no-brainer. Nothing says preparedness than being sure that you’re ready to tackle the task at hand, with all the equipment you need within your grasp.
5. Make sure the walls are cleaned.
Another no-brainer! Clean the walls from the top down to avoid streaking.
6. Dust first the top, then the bottom.
Common sense dictates that when you dust the top first, you are making sure that even though the dust you removed from the top may find itself falling to the bottom, the ceiling or top remains clean; whereas if you dust the bottom first, and the top second, you are just spreading dust along the bottom that you already cleaned in the first place.
7. De clutter.
Throw away what you no longer need, and have the winter gear you used over the winter organized and de cluttered.
8. Dust, vacuum, and then mop.
Make sure to clean the house in that particular order to make sure that you wouldn’t have to repeat at cleaning what you just finished cleaning.
9. Note repairs.
As you go on, you may notice things that need repairs. Instead of leaving the task at hand and having those things repaired at that moment, note them down and have them done some other time. You don’t want to find yourself away from what really needs to be done.
10. Reward yourself.
The incentive isn’t only for those who assisted you, but for yourself as well! A job well done is deserving of its reward, after all.
Spring cleaning can be a big and tough job, but we'll feel good once it's done.
So Christmas has come and gone again!
Another year, another round of family and gift giving, cooking, eating, drinking and very full tummies.
Grumpy children, over excited children, worn out grandparents and frazzled parents.
You all know what I mean and who may I ask woke up to cherub faces like these four, quietly reading in bed waiting?
Not me and I am sure not you!
Our house used to be filled with squeals of laughter and the rip of paper as my four would try to open Santa's gifts as quickly as possible and then the family gifts slower so we could all see.
The last few years I have been awake and had to wake them and this year I was waiting for some to come home for the family breakfast and opening of gifts before we headed of to the bigger family get together.
My husband and I commented on how it changes over the years and what we have to look forward to in years to come.
So imagine our smiles this year when we watched our son and his partner ride around the family backyard giggling and planning adventures like small children on their new bikes, our daughters asking if Santa remembered the yearly underwear collection, and our son saying thanks for not forgetting an addition to his CD collection we add to each year!
Does it diminish, the joy of family and Christmas as they get older?
I thought it may have as I juggled with timings and extended families and grandparents pick ups, but the sight of all my family laughing and enjoying each others company and being home made me realise that no matter how old you are, whether the belief of Santa has passed or the loss of food and drink under the tree for the reindeer, Christmas will always be a time to bring family and friends together for not just gift giving and great food but tradition old and new.
Now for me its off to cheer in 2014.
So from all of us here at EcoSleep we wish you and your family a very Happy New Year
Hello fellow shoppers, parents and friends.
Yes, it is that time of the year again when we have to dust off our best walking shoes, don the hefty shopping bag and head to the stores to buy the Christmas gifts for friends, toys for children, foods or sweet smelly treats for grandparents, gifts for partners, token gifts for office friends, gifts for teachers, instructors, the lolly pop lady and the dog washer!
When does it all end!!! NEVER I fear because then comes the Santa list and if you have children like mine there was always the request for a PONY!
Why I never know. I am not a horse rider and am a tad scared of even riding one let alone owning one. I am positive for the horse people out there they are the best thing around but not in my household and not for Christmas!
I answered with the usual straight face:
“It won’t fit down the chimney” “We don’t have a chimney he always come through the deck doors” they chimed.
“We don’t have enough space” “Yes we do, look outside we have lots of land (not all owned by us but ‘borrowed’ and kept tidy)
“They eat too much” “We can give them our carrots as we have lots of them every night”
How do we do it as parents? Try to find the perfect gift for everyone we are buying for even when it is not on the top of the list or even on the list!
Thank heavens in my family this year it is a Kris Kringle and I get to buy for 1 person…….and my husband, and the 4 children and their partners, and the neighbours, and friends.
Who am I kidding!!………. It’s still just as crazy as it was before!
Happy shopping this Christmas…I think I may do mine online :)
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