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.
When I was young I remember dreaming of travel and adventure and then marriage and children.
Well I did do all of those things in that order so I was sure I was on track and yes I did actually want 4 children even though I didn't factor my wonderful twins in the equation and things looked rosy each night when all were in bed.
Its the mornings that it all started and went steadily downhill.
The mounds of washing, endless picking up of toys and food and items I didn't even have names for!
I told myself it would change in time, as they grew older it would get easier and they would help around the house, picking up their own things and putting them away.
Um-mm now no one knew where the spare keys were, or the dog lead or the school notices so I had to ask them to stop being quite so helpful for a few years and so it went on.
Then light at the end of the tunnel! The kids grew up, started driving, being organised, house sitting, and travelling.
My life started to look rosy again or did it?
Our front door became the entrance to a speedway and it was a whirlwind in, clothes thrown everywhere in the attempt to find "that top" and there they stayed until the next visit or wash day or another event! Are all kids bedrooms the same?
I closed the door but when it was opened and I walked past I couldnt help it..I had to go in..guiding my feet to carefully find floor space and teeter while wondering where to start.
I can hear you saying it now as I did myself.."Its not your mess and they are old enough to tidy up"
but I cant help it! I just want it clean and tidy and orderly! Remember I invented our Coshee quilt cover to help this!
For years I waited patiently for this day and it is slowly receding as I watch the piles grow and the mess accumulate to the sighs and eye rolls of "Dont worry I will do it when I get home. Just close the door and don't look in there."
When does the housework stop? As parents did we miss a line when we got married after the "Till death do us part" that said "Housework will be yours forever and ever?"
Maybe I had that glazed look of love on that day and I didn't hear it but I challenge any parent to tell me that they can walk past that closed door and not want to clean and tidy!
It must be a parent gene :(
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