Spring cleaning signals a fresh start. A fresh, bright, open and clean house after months of indoor time.
For this reason, there are few spring rituals that are more satisfying that the annual general cleaning. However, the pleasure usually comes only after all the work has been finished!
Make a change this year and turn spring cleaning from a dreadful, unavoidable chore, into a family project that’s not only manageable, but enjoyable too. With these tips, not only will your house become fresher, you’ll have a bonded family too:
1. Create a realistic schedule to avoid overwhelm.
After all the dust and dirt generated by burning coal and wood through winter, the house needs to be freshened up to prepare for the coming seasons. And so, spring cleaning means heavy-duty work: window washing, carpet cleaning, chandelier dusting, and more.
Given all the dirt that has piled up, and work that requires you to be more involved, a single weekend won’t suffice. Make a list of everything that needs to be done and create a schedule for each. For example, you can devote one weekend to cleaning just the upstairs, or divide the tasks into smaller, daily chunks – Saturday for the bedrooms, Sunday for the bathrooms, and so on. This way, the family won’t feel overwhelmed, but accomplished at the end of the day.
2. Be honest and plan ahead.
Next to creating a schedule is planning out who is in charge, and setting aside the necessary time to get the work done. Of course, there will be other things on your husband or children’s plate, so they may need time to clear their schedules in order to be available to participate.
When you’ve pencilled in the “spring cleaning days”, try letting them choose the tasks from the list you’ve created, and tackle it on their own. By doing so, it will feel less like a chore, and they’ll feel more in charge and motivated!
3. Work smart, not hard.
Now that you’ve set up your cleaning committee, it’s time to strategize! Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be as time consuming or energy-draining as it has been known to be. Here are smart ways to tackle each room in the home:
Lastly, it’s also an opportunity to make room for new, multipurpose and more efficient tools.
Rid your kitchen cupboard of bulky, cumbersome and hard-to-clean cookware. Not only will this give you extra space, but make cooking less time-consuming and effortless!
Basics2you’s Silicone Colander Strainer and Silicone Cutting Board are made with flexible yet durable FDA approved silicone. Non-slip and tough, they can handle the pressures of the kitchen, but fold easily so you can store them away in a cinch.
They are easy to clean and sanitize, too – just fold and pop in the dishwasher after use.
4. Insert fun and enjoyment to cleaning.
Take some steps to make cleaning more enjoyable, and the day will pass before you know it. Turn on some music to motivate you. Open the windows to get some fresh air. Have some refreshing drinks and snacks on standby for when you take a break.
5. Reward your hard work.
At the end of your spring cleaning duties, take time to bond as a family and celebrate your spotless, spic-and-span home, through a simple lunch, dinner or movie night. After all, the big reward after all your hard work is not just your clean and organized house, but the people who make it a home!
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