Ah…spring cleaning…it’s starting to warm up, everything seems fresh and new, and now it’s time for you to make your home feel the same way…ugh… (insert your own screams, moans, and expletives here).
Break it down. I recommend taking a stroll through your house and making a list of everything that needs to be done at some point throughout the year, including everything from cleaning the bathrooms and the kitchen every week to cleaning the blinds and replacing the batteries in the smoke detector 1-2 times per year. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to walk around the exterior of your home, as well, to identify tasks such as cleaning the gutters, mowing the grass, weeding flower beds, etc.
Make a list. Keep a master list of all household chores on your computer, including the frequency of when each task should be done in addition to the date it was last completed and date it should be done next. Using that list, you can then put reminders in your calendar system so that you won’t forget to take care of something. Just remember to keep the dates in your list updated and add new items as they come to mind.
Consult with the experts. In her book, Organizing Plain & Simple, Donna Smallin does a great job of listing items that need to be done during each of the four seasons, which is a great guide to use if you feel you need a bit more help. You can also do an online search and find lots of information on items you may want to include in your household’s list.
The hope is that by this time next year, the concept of spring cleaning won’t seem so daunting. Invest a bit of time now to make next year a cinch!
What are your must-do spring cleaning items? Please share in the comments below.