8 Tips for Organizing A Spring Clean
Spring cleaning was invented to bring the fresh, new world that is emerging outdoors into the home that has been closed, heated and stuffy all winter. For some people, spring cleaning is great fun and a satisfying job. For others, it is a chore that needs to be done, but may be put off until the middle of summer. With a few tips to make the work easier and a little organization, spring cleaning can be done in no time, whether you like it or not.
1. Get Organized
Take some time to make a list of the things you would like to accomplish. You need not add the dishes and laundry, because those you do every day, but think of the things you need to do at least once a year such as cleaning out closets, drawers or washing windows. Once you know what you want to do, you can assign different jobs to days of the week. Clean out closets and drawers first, then dust and wash windows. Do floors last.
2. Be Well Equipped
You may have a broom and mop, but do you have boxes for discards from the closets you will clean? Do you have oven cleaner, window cleaner and the proper cleaning rags? Make sure you have good rubber gloves.
3. Get Everyone Involved
Now that you have the jobs and supplies, it’s time to get help. You will do the main cleaning, but each family member can do something. Having help with the small tasks such as cleaning out a drawer in the kitchen or selecting the clothing that no longer fits, or that they don’t want, will help get the whole job done sooner.
4. Get Organized
Separate the trash from the things that can be donated. Keep specific boxes labeled for throw-away or donate to make it easy for anyone helping with the task to know what to do with the things they want to discard. When the closets and drawers are finished, get rid of the boxes as soon as possible, so they are not always in your way or stuck in the garage.
5. Know What To Throw Away
It may be difficult to decide what to discard and what to keep. The best way to determine this is if you haven’t used it in the past year, you probably don’t need it. The same method can be used for clothing. If you or a family member hasn’t worn a garment in the past year, the chances are they will never wear it again. It is time to throw it away or, if it is still in good condition, donate it. This is also true for children’s toys, pots and pans, shoes and just about anything that is taking up space.
6. Put Everything In It’s Place
Spring cleaning is the best time to put everything where it belongs. It may not stay there the whole year, but organizing drawers with stationery, pens, CDs, receipts or kitchen items is a good way to know what you have, and it makes it easier to know what you don’t need. Clothing can also be arranged according to when it is needed, summer or winter, or what type of clothing it is, jeans or dresses and skirts. It’s a great feeling to have things organized and to know you need the things you have.
7. Get Focused
It is better to be only focused on spring cleaning once you start the work. Music will help make the work more pleasant, but TV will distract your attention, and you may not do the best job possible. Children can either help with a task suitable for their age or be otherwise occupied. Don’t receive visitors or phone calls. You want your spring cleaning to be as much fun as possible, but you also want it to be done.
8. Get Assistance
If the job of spring cleaning, organizing, choosing and discarding items seems more than you can hope to accomplish, try getting help. Help may be a professional cleaning company that will lift the burden from your shoulders, or it may be a college student looking for some extra money. Either way, you need to be the director, and ultimately, the organizer because you will have to live with the results.
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