January 21st, 2014
It’s time to get a head start on Spring Cleaning. You probably received a number of gifts in December or enjoyed purchasing items during the great sales. In the kitchen, you probably have leftover spices or food that you didn’t use up during baking or entertaining. And now you need to find a home for things.
However, it’s exhausting thinking you have to do everything all at once, and so you tend not to start.
So step one is to write down everything. Yes, you’ll be exhausted after you see the whole list, but stick with us. We humans feel a great sense of accomplishment when we can cross stuff off of lists. So by the time Spring is done, that list will be a lot of solid lines, and you will see all that you’ve done.
Plus, over half of Americans admit that they feel a sense of accomplishment after cleaning their homes-even though they don’t necessarily like having to houseclean. The good news is cleaning doesn’t have to be laborious or take loads of time.
You just need to set up a few routines, and then spend 10 minutes a day focusing on one area that you need to declutter and organize.
Create a chart of what you intend to do on each day of the week, and don’t overschedule yourself. Perhaps you vacuum the bedrooms on Monday, change the sheets on Tuesday, dust on Wednesday, vacuum the rest of the house on Thursday, and wash the bathrooms on Friday. Every day you do only one load of laundry so you can fold it and put it away immediately. And wash dishes after the meal to keep things from piling up.
The FLY Lady has a number of these charts and tips. She also talks about hot spots which are places that naturally accumulate clutter. An example is that spot on the kitchen table where you throw your mail and newspapers intending on reading them later. And later never comes.
Then set up speed cleaning habits to ensure that it takes even less time to clean.
Keeping tasks small and manageable will ensure that you continue doing them. And if you keep your house clean and dust free, it will help you manage your allergies come Springtime.