Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task. In fact, if it is done thoroughly it is a huge task. Yet, there are simple methods that one can use to get the chores done easier and still get them done thoroughly. One method that works that works for me is breaking the jobs down one by one and room by room.
This means making a list of things that needs to be done. Yes, I love lists and when it comes to spring cleaning a list is a good way to make sure nothing is left undone. What do I put on this list? Some of the items on the list include the following chores:
- Washing Windows
- Mopping Floors
- Shampooing carpets
- Dusting (real dusting not just dusting areas that are out in the open)
- Taking down the curtains, washing, and putting up new sets
- Wiping down the walls
- Flipping over the mattress
- Organizing the Kitchen Cabinets
- Organizing the Bathroom Cabinets
- Going through the bedroom closets and donating clothes that haven’t been worn
Yes, the list is daunting. Yet, I don’t expect to get the chores done in one day. I don’t even expect to get them done in two days or a week. I will break them up in sections and subsections.
First, I will decide what chores need my attention first. Since the weather is still being unpredictable, I am not quite ready to tackle the closet. There are days in which I may have to wear sweaters and other days in which I can wear lighter clothes. I have also been anxious to wash the windows. Therefore, if the weather is warm, washing the windows would be first on my list. While I am washing the windows, I can begin washing the curtains. I would do two rooms at a time until every window and curtain is completed. Once the windows are washed, I can put up clean curtains and store away the freshly washed ones.
Next, I will break down the chores room by room. I would start in the kitchen. One day, I would tackle the cabinets. Then the next day, I could sweep and mop the floors in the room, as well as wipe down any walls.
On the third day, I would tackle the living room. I would give it a complete dusting. The dusting would include washing my knick-knacks and the leaves of my flowers. Shampooing the carpet would take a separate day since it is a huge undertaking.
It would take separate days to work on the bathroom, bedroom, and home office. I want to organize things and dust as I clean in those rooms. The bedrooms would also all take their own separate days.
As I am making lists of chores that need to be accomplished in each room, I will also stop and consider any extra cleaning supplies I may need. This will also mean I will have to take a few minutes to survey the cleaning supplies I already has on hand. I know I will need a new bottle of Fabuloso. This is my favorite multi-cleaner and I use a lot of it when cleaning. I also know that I will have to go through my rag sack and make sure I have enough already cut up for the many jobs I wish to tackle. The rag sack is made up of old clean clothes, including old socks and tee-shirts.
Yes, the chores will be accomplished this spring and by the time summer arrives, my house will be better organized and a lot shiner on the inside. Then I can begin working on the outside.