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10 Spring Cleaning and
by Maria Gracia
Along with Spring comes thoughts of crisp,
fresh air, newly budding flowers, singing birds
and a sense of renewal. Getting organized and
doing a bit of spring cleaning, helps to bring
that wonderful fresh feeling into your home and office. Here are
10 tips to help you start the season off right.
1) Assign Yourself a Different Task for Each Day
Make yourself a schedule that is comprised of one hour and one
task each day. Your schedule may look something like this:
Friday: Organizing and Rearranging
Then, spend one hour each day doing your assigned task for
each room, throughout your house. You'll be amazed at the
difference you can make in your home by following this simple
2) Use the Proper Tools
When cleaning and organizing, it's important to use tools that
help you get the job done as quickly as possible. For instance,
there are now dusting cloths that allow you to dust quickly and
easily, without any additional sprays. Just dust and be done with
it. Rubber gloves will help you deep clean, without drying out your
hands, exposing them to harsh chemicals, or burning them in hot
Racks can hold mops, brooms and other cleaning supplies in one
organized place, rather then storing them loose and having them
constantly tip over. An apron with lots of pockets, can help you
transport cleaning products from room to room easily, so you
don't have to keep running back and forth to get what you need.
3) Be Ruthless When it Comes to Decluttering
If you don't love it, and/or you don't use it, it's clutter. It's the
perfect time to embrace the Feng Shui art of uncluttered living.
Feng Shui teaches that if energy can easily flow through a room,
your life will be more harmonious and happy--and clutter is an
obstacle to reaching this relaxed and calm state.
Make it a quest of yours to be ruthless when it comes to your
decluttering efforts. You'll have less to dust, less clutter to look it,
an easier time finding the things you do use and less stress in
4) Donate or Sell the Things You Don’t Use.
If you have items that you don't use, but are in good condition,
they are prime candidates to sell or donate. Gather all of these
items together in boxes or plastic bags. Then, decide whether
you would prefer to donate them or sell them.
If you choose to donate, consider giving them to your local
Salvation Army, or perhaps even a shelter or orphanage in town.
Many of these organizations will even pick up your donations for
you. If you choose to sell, you might set a date for a yard sale.
Or, take some photos of these items with your digital camera, and
put them up for sale at an online auction Web site.
5) Make Your Spring Cleaning and Organizing Fun
Don't think of it as a chore. Instead, think of it as a 'feel good'
exercise--one that will really help you to feel good about yourself
and your clean and organized environment. Play some lively, fun,
upbeat music. Dance your way through your home or office with
your dust rag or vacuum. Get the family involved. Give everyone
a task, and then do something relaxing afterwards, like watching
a movie together or going to the park for a walk.
Set timers and play 'beat the clock.' Give yourself time limits for
completing small tasks, and try to complete those tasks before
the timer goes off. Ask a friend to help, or do a swap. You clean
her living room if she'll clean your kitchen.
6) Eliminate Distractions
Turn off the TV while you're cleaning and organizing, and let your
answering machine field your calls. If a friend stops by while
you're working, simply tell him/her that you've scheduled this time
for spring cleaning. He or she is free to stay, as long as you could
continue working. Perhaps, you might even get some help. If not,
tell your friend you'll stop by his or her house later on when you're
done. If you have kids, give them their own jobs to do, or at
minimum, be sure they're occupied with something else. The
quickest and best jobs are accomplished when there are no
7) Make Yourself a Checklist
Make a checklist of all springtime jobs that you only do once or
twice a year. Perhaps you might bring your large comforters to
the laundromat, bring your drapes, and winter coats, to the dry
cleaners, store your winter clothes and bring your warm-weather
clothes out of hiding or check the smoke detectors. If all of these
odd jobs are on a list, you won't forget to do them. Then, try to do
at least one or two of these odd jobs per week, throughout spring.
8) Don’t Forget About the Insides
It's important to clean and organize things that are in sight all of
the time. But, it's also important to remember those items that are
out of sight. Spring is a great season to organize your closets,
cabinets, drawers, bins, boxes, pantry and other inside storage
areas. Give yourself that spring feeling, both inside and out!
9) Enjoy the Weather While You’re Working
Do some outside organizing and yard work, so you can be
accomplishing something, but also enjoying the nice weather at
the same time. Gather your gardening and planting supplies in
one place. Replace old and broken tools. Perhaps you might
even get a gardening caddie to store your good gardening tools.
Clean the garage. Keep the garage door open while you're doing
so, so that you can enjoy the nice weather.
10. Open Your Windows
There's nothing like taking in a breath of fresh air. As you're
cleaning, open the windows. You'll be removing musty winter
odors, protecting yourself from inhaling harsh fumes from
cleaning products and the fresh air will keep you going.
While you're at it, let the sun shine in. Open curtains and drapes
to give yourself plenty of light, for an energy boost.
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