Have you completed all of your spring-cleaning tasks? Dusted? Swept? Purged? Scrubbed? Enough already! We get exhausted simply thinking about trying to cram so much into a short period of time. Won't you be glad when summer finally arrives and you can say so long to this cleaning craze?!
By now you know that we prefer the term 'non' spring-cleaning. Easy does it when it comes to cleaning and organizing. The mere thought of having to do so much at once can be completely overwhelming. We prefer the slow and steady approach. Setting reasonable goals, and allowing a reasonable amount of time to complete them.
No matter which space you decide to work on, there are basic guidelines to follow in order to make the process less stressful.
Determine what the actual space is to be used for
PURGE all unnecessary, unwanted, and unused items*
Create three separate categories of items: Keep, Donate, Trash
We are certainly all for ‘spring cleaning’, but not at all costs. In the last blog we talked about slowing down and approaching your spring-cleaning in a calmer, more relaxed pace. Let’s be honest. How many of us can actually accomplish the 100 Top Things to do for Spring Cleaning, within a one week time period? Or worse, in one weekend? Between working, caring for families and pets, grocery shopping, doing laundry and trying to have a life, our weeks are all a bit full. Trying to find the time to accomplish the impossible is, in our opinion, an exercise in frustration.
Relax, breathe, turn on the music (we love organizing to music – makes the time fly by), make a list of what spring cleaning tasks you want to accomplish in one day, and make sure you have the necessary cleaning and organizing tools you’ll need close at hand.
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Sit down. Breathe. Put down the mop, bucket, dust cloths, window cleaner and every other cleaning product known to mankind. Take a couple of deep breaths and count to ten. Feel better? Now, put away the Spring Cleaning List you’ve been reading and relax. Just breathe. Its okay, we promise.
Yes, we know that spring has sprung, but that doesn’t mean we have to work ourselves into a frenzy cleaning and organizing everything from the attic to the basement and every single space in between within the next week – all because someone, somewhere, told us we were supposed to.
There are hundreds of lists telling us the top 100 things to do for spring cleaning, 50 ways to clean our houses from top to bottom in one weekend; and lists telling us hundreds of things to get done ‘right now’. Overwhelmed? Heart palpitations? Feeling of panic? It’s simply too much to process all at once. Bedroom, living room, family room, dining room, basement, and attic…...