The weather is starting to warm up from the cold grip of winter, and while we might still have a few cold days ahead, most of us are thinking about spring and getting our homes or offices in order.
Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, but with some planning, it can be done efficiently. Half the battle is getting organized. Take stock in what needs to be done. In the long run, you’ll have more time for yourself and your family, especially if you can stay organized and on task the rest of the year.
Take a day or two and spend time in each room of your home. From top to bottom, write down everything that needs to be done. Whether it’s organizing junk drawers in the kitchen, organizing closet space, or cleaning the cobwebs from your ceiling, inspect each room top to bottom. Knowing what needs to be done will help allocate your time and effort. Also, write down items you no longer use and donate to charity or pass them along to family and friends for reuse, which helps save space in our landfills.
Once you know what needs to be done, break it up into manageable time frames so you don’t get discouraged. It may take you a week or two to complete your spring cleaning, but you’ll do a better job by taking your time and doing things right the first time. Label storage shelves and totes so everyone will know where everything is stored.
This is also a great time to incorporate some green initiatives into your household. Start a recycling program for your garbage. Resolve to replace some of your light bulbs with more eco friendly versions or eliminate your use of paper towels by converting old socks or shirts into cleaning cloths.
Also, resolve to purchase eco friendly cleaners before starting your spring cleaning. Cleaners made from soy are a great alternative to chemical-based household cleaners. Not only are you protecting yourself from harmful chemicals, you’re also helping the environment by using natural products. An all purpose cleaner will take care of most jobs around the home. This will save money because it’s not necessary to purchase multiple cleaners for different jobs.
Finally, don’t forget about spring cleaning at the office. It might not be as labor intensive as home, but it’s still important to spruce up your workspace. Organizing files and recycling old papers can do a lot for a renewed sense of spirit at work.
Happy cleaning everyone!