OK, so it doesn’t cause me any excitement either, but it needs to be done. This year. Not next.
In the house I lived in previously I had neglected spring cleaning for a year (or two) and when it came time to move I paid for that neglect. Things were in much less desirable shape than I had hoped they would be. I intend not to be in that position again.
So, spring cleaning it is!
Have I ever mentioned my hesitancy to begin overwhelming jobs? I tend to procrastinate. Breaking things down into smaller segments is a must for me. It works better in my mind and things feel do-able. And I insist on my life feeling do-able!
List making is a strength/love of mine, so I put together this cutie-patootie printable for me and for you! I am going to work through it one day at a time/one job at a time. By the end of March I will be finished and my exertion level will be minimal. You can sign up for my newsletter to receive this printable on Wednesday in your inbox (sign-up box is above this post).
Let’s talk a bit about executing all of this cleaning fun!
Here are my tips:
ONE: Set aside a time each day to do the work. I find that if I set an appointment, I will get the job done. Shooting for some random time each day spells out failure for me.
TWO: Make sure you have the right supplies. Gather the towels, cleaners, mops and brooms you need before starting your task each day. This helps you jump into the job until it’s done.
THREE: Enlist a friend. Yes, I am serious. Over the years I have had several friendships in which one day a friend would come to my house to organize and clean, and the next week I would spend a day at her house doing the same thing. It’s fun and you get a lot done!
FOUR: Clean deep. This is only a once a year event, so do it right. Once you are done you have about 12 months before the job faces you again.
FIVE: Turn the music on high and get to work. I promise that some tunes will motivate you and get you moving! You will almost always find me listening to classic rock or disco on cleaning days!
Friends, let’s not make spring cleaning a dreaded chore. Let’s look it as a once a year opportunity to get organized and refresh our homes for the year to come!
Have a lovely day!