Spring Cleaning OrganizationIn nature, springtime is a lively time of renewal, regrowth, and new beginnings. In 19th century America it was also a perfect time for deep cleaning because it was warm enough to open doors and windows but cold enough to keep bugs at bay.
Here’s how to bring the spirit of the season indoors for your modern-day spring cleaning!
If you’ve kept up with basic cleaning on a weekly basis (and have no major clutter and household surfaces are grime-free) then your spring cleaning will be relatively straightforward. Complete a closet and cupboard purge and bag up unused items for give-away. Also complete or schedule services to clean the windows/blinds/drapes, shampoo the carpet and polish the floors. During your next weekly cleaning, scrub the oven and dust baseboards and fans.
If your starting point isn’t quite as rosy and causes your spirit to wilt, consider outsourcing a one-time deep cleaning service to get you out of the rut. It will run between $200-$400, but your peace of mind is worth more than dinners and drinks this month, that new purse or shoes, the coffees and those concert tickets. With your basics securely on track, switch your focus to de-cluttering. (If this can't be spent right now, put it firmly on the calendar and actively market the assigned day to everyone and set expectations - everyone will be expected to chip in.
If you are committed to tackling the spring cleaning in-house, download the Spring Cleaning Checklist attached.. Print it out and make it fun by teaming up and/or setting timers and racing through the tasks. Be sure to start with the general cleaning first because its best to be caught up with that before starting more projects.
Spring Cleaning Checklist
Services to Schedule
|Kitchen||Windows (inside)||Pest Control|
|Laundry||Fans / Air Vents||Handyman / Repairs|
|Master Bedroom / Bathroom||Baseboards||Pressure Washing|
|Guest Room / Office||Garage (purge and tidy)||Carpet / Rug Cleaning|
|Powder Room / Foyer||Plants (liven up the garden)||Window Cleaning|
|Dusting||Hang Spring Wreath|
|Sweeping / Vacuuming||Air Filters|
|Mopping||Caulking / Resealing Stone|
|Porch / Walkway||Walls (spot clean)|
|Pets & Plants||Trip to Goodwill|
**You may also want to schedule a time to catch up on your paper filing - I know we need to!
Click the above link to download this form.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
Home CEO Maraya