I know spring is just around the corner, and in my world that means that Spring Cleaning is coming up.
But for many of us, myself included, that can feel overwhelming because it’s just a lot of work, right?
Well, maybe not necessarily. This week I want to give you 7 strategies, 7 ways that you can mentally and physically prepare yourself for Spring Cleaning, so that way you can actually tackle it and not feel overwhelmed.
1. Identify areas that need work
When it comes to spring cleaning what you need to remember is: not everything in your house needs to be clean “spring cleaning style”. You just need to do a few areas, the ones that need the most attention. And the reason this works is because it helps us to not feel so overwhelmed about the fact that we have to clean absolutely everything. We can really just narrow down the areas that need to be clean by focusing in the areas that matter most. And the other thing that makes a lot of sense is to figure out THE most Daunting job and do that one first.
2. Don’t mix up regular cleaning tasks with spring cleaning tasks.
You would never wear a tuxedo to an outing at a park, and that is kind of the way that I look at spring cleaning. You are not going to do these huge formal fancy cleaning jobs at your regular cleaning intervals and you are not going to do you regular cleaning jobs at the formal spring cleaning Interval either. So really, get spring cleaning its due. Do the jobs that actually need doing during spring cleaning; all of those jobs that you don’t normally tackle throughout the year; this is the time to do them. Then, the rest of the year, you don’t have to think about them.
3. What gets scheduled gets done!
What gets scheduled gets done, and those who know me, know that I am a master scheduler, and I firmly believe in this. If you take the time to schedule in the things that you need to do. You’ll respect those appointments and you’ll get them done. So when it comes to cleaning. Give yourself blocks of time: 15 min, 30min, 60min, whatever it is, and block that time in with a task. In that way, you’ll always know, “On Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm I am focusing on all of the windowsills in my entire house”. By 5:00 your windowsills are going to be done, that is scratched off your list, you don’t have to think about it for an entire other year! Think about all of the things that are going to happen during that year, and you’ll never have to think about the windowsills during that time.
The other thing you want to keep in mind is when you are doing your scheduling you can either schedule by room, or by task. So you can say: “ok, on Monday between 3 and 5 I am deep cleaning my dining room” Great, or you can say: “on Tuesday between 4 and 5 I am doing all of the windowsills” However you feel works best for you that’s how you need to do it, either by room or by task, but always make sure you are blocking out that time and you are honouring your appointments.
4. Be realistic.
You know that saying “don’t bite off more than you can chew”? Well, that applies to cleaning as well, specifically spring cleaning, because if you tell yourself “I am going to do a cleaning marathon on Saturday, I will clean 8H” I can assure you that you do not want to spend your whole Saturday cleaning. And if anything you’ll psych yourself up, you’ll get through two hours and then by the third hour you ‘are like: “hmmm No!”
What I want to do here is to help you set yourself up for success, be realistic. Maybe say: “I’ll spend two hours, or 4hours and I’ll clean this much”. Remember, you don’t have to do it all, and you don’t have to do it all at once. As long as you do something and you set the bar somewhere that you think you are going to achieve, you are going to be fine. If you overshoot, you are probably not going to get there and you are going to feel really bad about yourself and not motivated to keep spring cleaning. So start small, keep it easy and be realistic, and you are going to get a lot more done!
5. Recruit Family!
Get your family members, or roommates to contribute to the cleaning. What you can do is figure out those tasks that you want to get done during spring cleaning and then talk to everyone else in the house and find out how much time they have to contribute (everyone needs to be fair and equitable here) and then, decide what tasks people like doing, or well, let’s just say the tasks that they can tolerate, so for example if somebody absolutely hates doing vacuuming, you can get them to do something else instead. And a person who doesn’t mind vacuuming can do that. That is how you come up with a fair trade.
6. Take an inventory of your tools and products.
Before you even think about doing any cleaning make sure that you look around the house, figure out what products and tools you have, and then take a look at the tasks that you are going to be completing and make sure that you have everything on hand for those jobs before you ever start cleaning. Once you start cleaning and you don’t have something, if you leave the room to go and get it, you might get distracted and if you don’t have that product or tool handy you are not going to go back and complete that task.
7. Reward yourself!
I know you haven’t even started to clean yet, but I want you to think how you’re going to reward yourself or your family, or you and your partner, whoever it is you are cleaning with. Because, let’s be honest, for hard work like this, you need a really good incentive. So for me is a dinner out, but it can also be a glass of wine or a party night etc.
Over the next few blog posts I’ll be taking more about Spring Cleaning, different tasks and ideas that you can do and, of course I will walk you through step by step on how to do them.
If you have any questions feel free to drop them down below.