Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Spring has finally arrived so now it's time for the spring cleaning! We started last week, and now the guest bedroom is nearly done (I still have to steam clean the carpet). This week I'm planning to do the attic and the terrace. Vaccuuming, washing the windows in and outside and planting some colourful flowers. Now that I have help, I finally hope to be able to put that house of ours in order. It's simply amazing how much clutter you get through the years!

If you have never done the spring cleaning before, may be you should try it once. It's a good chance to get rid of unnecessary things and to deep clean the entire house including the areas normally overlooked, such as the attic, the garage and the like. Just choose one room to start and go through it, cleaning and decluttering all the cupboards, washing the windows and the curtains, waxing the furniture and the floors (if necessary) etc etc.

 A good idea is to make a list of everything what needs to be done around the house, then as each task is finished you cross it off the list. It gives you a sense of accomplishment. I usually use a business type organizer for this sort of thing. The problem with spring sleaning is that it takes a lot of time and interferes with regular household chores, so it could be helpful to designate a special day for it, and try to clean and organise one room each week. Of course, it will take you several weeks to clean the whole house in this manner, but it makes spring cleaning less onerous.

Here are some helpful links to get you started:

Spring Cleaning 101 by Darla Shine

a video on how to create a spring cleaning checklist

an article on how to make a list of housekeeping chores

I hope it was helpful! Happy Spring Cleaning!

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