The days are getting longer, daffodils are starting to sprout and yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far (in some parts of the country although not here!). It’s this time of year that our thoughts and minds are drawn to the annual event of Spring Cleaning. Now if my Mum is reading this, she’s probably choking on her cup of tea at the mention of me and cleaning in the same sentence, but I do consider myself to be very house proud, and just time short. So what I need, and I suspect many other people would benefit from this too is a plan; great ideas on how to best organise the Spring Cleaning to get it done with minimal fuss. I’ve been giving it some thought and this is what I’ve come up with.
Organising your Spring Cleaning:
Tip 1 – Be Prepared:
This is a simple one to begin with. Go through your cupboards sorting out your products, dusters, cleaners and bin bags making sure you have enough of what you need. Replace anything that’s running low, and wash and freshen all your old dusters.
Once you’ve done this, separate the cleaning products and organise them into tubs as per room. So keep all the bathroom and kitchen cleaning products and tools together for example. It will make life much easier when you come to use them.
Tip 2 – Make a Checklist:
If, like me, the Spring Cleaning seems an insurmountable task, the best way to tackle it is to make a list. I love lists!
- Write down every single job you would like to complete per room.
- Break them right down into the smallest task.
- Then analyse the list and see which of these tasks will take the least amount of time. On a weekly planner add 2-3 of these tasks every day and make sure you do them. Cross them off the main list.
- With the larger, more time consuming tasks, look at your planner or calendar and decide when you can fit them in. It might be just one task per day but that’s fine. Cross them off the main list too.
- Your list should now be getting quite small. With many single jobs having time allocated to them, you’ll start to feel less overwhelmed.
Tip 3 – Delegate:
Don’t think you are the only person in the house that should be doing all of these jobs. Do get the rest of the family involved too.
- Create a rota system and encourage the children to do their bit too.
- Give children a reward chart so they can earn treats when they’ve completed so many jobs from the list.
- If there are tasks left on the list delegate some to others. Your main list should now be looking very small indeed.
Tip 4 – Do your Research:
I have to say after a Winter of being shut up at home everything is starting to look at little shabby and really does need some TLC. Stain removal, washing woodwork, dry cleaning curtains and hoovering behind the sofa are all tasks that need tackling in my own home. And sometimes the harder jobs need some guidance. If you’re not sure how to tackle a Spring Cleaning job do your research before you start. With the onset of Spring and the children playing more and more outside, they’re coming indoors with cuts and bruises so I know I’m going to need help on how to remove blood stains soon!
And if all that’s not enough I love this article which covers just about anything and everything you could think of when it comes to Spring Cleaning. It discusses the idea of decluttering, and then organising your home before you start, which I love. It goes on to talk about the products you can use and even how to maintain your Spring cleaning efforts.
What about you? Have you started thinking about Spring Cleaning? Is it something you like to do?