Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Clean Week: 4 "Real Life" Steps and A Realistic Plan To Getting Started With Spring Cleaning!

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The days are getting warmer and everyone's beginning to ride their bikes and walk or jog around the neighborhood.  For me, that's a sure thing that Spring is in the air!  It goes without saying that Spring cleaning, is indeed a ritual, especially when the seasons begin to change over from bitter cold to pleasantly cool.  It's a great time for us to begin refreshing our homes and getting things back in order.

I've got a real plan to help with getting started with your Spring Cleaning!  Each step will allow you to clean your home in a few days, without being exhausted but rather excited, about the warm weather that is coming our way.  Remember, I am a logistician by trade and I believe in planning before you begin any large project and Spring Cleaning can be a very large task, if you don't plan for it, realistically.

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1. Make An Itemized List  - Take some time and jot down where you want to start first.  You can lay a plan out  and itemize it by each room and break it down from top to bottom of how you want to accomplish what you plan to do.  Here's an example:
Counters           Buffet Cabinet
Cabinets            Dining Table
Appliances        Chandelier
Floors                Area Rug 
Pantry               Picture & Mirrors

2. Divide Your List Up...By Days Of The Week  After you have itemized what needs to be cleaned in each room, now you need to divide the rooms into days of the week, that you plan to clean each one.  Let's face it, we are busy people and we have many things to do throughout our day, so being realistic, there is no need to exhaust yourself with cleaning your entire home, in one day.  Depending on your schedule, let's start with a small room on one day and a medium to large room on another day.  You may need to have two days to clean one room and that's ok because this is your schedule and you can divide it around as much and however you want to. 

Here's the part that is not negotiable:  you must plan to start cleaning at least one a room a day.  Otherwise, you are not committing to the task and you will never get done.  Be committed and you will get every room done, in a reasonable amount of days.  You must stick with your plan.  Plan out your days until each room has a designated day to be cleaned.  By doing this, you will know when you will be totally done, with cleaning each room in your house.  If you don't assign a day for each room to be cleaned, trust me, you will never finish!   Here's an example:

Monday (Scenario: "I have to work all day and the kids have activities that I need to help them with this evening.")
-Solution:  Clean A Small Room (perhaps your powder room would be best to clean on a day as hectic as this.)

Tuesday (Scenario:  "I am working from home today and have no where to go this evening.")
-Solution:  Clean A Medium to Large Room (Try to start cleaning this room in between breaks you have with your at-home office work.  Eat lunch in and clean a little during your lunch hour. If you are totally busy all day and non-stop with at-home office work, then you will have to begin your cleaning later and that's ok because you have no where to go after your at-home office hours have ended, so start then and if you don't finish, continue the following day before moving on to the next room.)

3.  Prepare Your Products - Ok, we have our list done, we know when we are going to begin and we basically know when we will!  Now, check to see if you have all of the cleaning products you need to clean each room.  Jot down on a sheet of paper what you  need and make the purchases before you start cleaning any of the rooms.  You want to have everything you need before you get going.  *If you decide to make your own cleansers, remember to label the bottles.  Salvage old towels and cut them into squares to use for cleaning.  Don't forget to wear plastic gloves also to keep chemicals away form your skin.
*Remember, you can make some of your natural cleansers from prior post(s) I've provided on making natural cleansers!

4.  Get Started -  It's time to start!  You have a plan and you are well organized.  You will have your house spic and span, smelling clean as a whistle, in no time.  You won't be tired because you are Spring Cleaning for "real life!" 

"Now get outdoors & enjoy Spring!  You deserve it"......;-)!

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