There is nothing worse than entering something unprepared. You end up taking twice the amount of time needed for the task. I know we are all busy and want to maximaize our time so I have put together a few tips to keep in mind as you plan your own spring cleaning.
1. Make a plan and set realistic goals for ourself
I typically make a list for each room and cross things off as I go. If it isn't written down I will forget about it. Once you have your lists for each room set some goals. Be realistic. Don't set out to do the whole house in one day. Find what works for you and your schedule and get started.
2. Complete one room before moving to the next
Sometimes my mind goes faster than my body and I am on to the next task before I 100% complete the task at hand. When I am all finished...I look at my list and find there are a few tasks left in each room still. I am sure none of you have this issue, but if you do...make sure you complete 100% of each room before you move on.
3. Check for supplies
Go through your cleaning supplies and make sure you have everything. You really don't need much in the way of cleaners. Cleaners are expensive and there are many basic products that double for different uses. For instance vinegar. I buy the economy size for next to nothing and use it for windows, floors, and things like that.
4. Clean up before you begin
Pick up clutter. Do the dishes. Get all of the junk out of the way so you can actually clean clean and not just surface clean.
5. Get out a donation box
If you haven't used it for a year consider donating it. At the end of 2010 we donated a lot of things and used http://www.itsdeductible.com/ and actually got quite a bit deducted off our taxes which resulted in actual cash back. Cool nifty kitchen tools are great, but they do create clutter and if you aren't going to use it...get rid of it. Get over feeling bad about it and just do it.
Next week I will share a spring cleaning list for your kitchen...and a look into my spring cleaning!
What are your tips?
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