One task at a time
I find myself getting overwhelmed with the size of home and the amount of cleaning and organizing that needs to take place. My advice is to start small and work toward the next pile or room. It’s easy to migrate from one room to another and start on something in the next room over, but don’t. If you stay on task, your job will be easier and you’ll actually get done faster.
Organize important documents
This is new for me, since I often find myself piling papers all over the house – when I really need them, I can’t find them. This year I’m going to organized documents in a central location.
There are many options available to organize documents, including portable file folders, file cabinets and even fire- and water-proof file safes to prevent damage caused by natural disasters.
Plan a yard sale
This is a great time to clean out the dressers, closets, attic, basement and garage and make some extra cash on unused items.
Make a list of cleaning supplies
Try some of the eco-friendly products. The natural scents and toxic-free cleaners can be used to scrub everything from the counters and showers to vehicles.
Get everyone involved
Spring cleaning is not a do-it-yourself task – it’s a family affair and a teachable moment for your kids. Whether it’s washing windows, wiping baseboards, vacuuming or picking out clothes from their closet to donate to charity, there’s no better way to teach about organizing and responsibility than to have everyone help out.
Divide chores so that no one will have to carry the entire load. More participants involved will get chores finished in a timely manner.
Discard/replace expired products
Once you start cleaning, you’re going to find more expired products than you could imagine. Certain products have expiration and “use by” dates. If it’s expired, it should be discarded depending on the item. Oftentimes expired products can actually cause harm. It's also a good time to check common household products that could be out-of-date, including:
- • Medications and supplements (don’t throw them in the trash can or flush – you can drop them off at your local police department in a drop box)
- • Air filters
- • Food
- • Cosmetics
- • Beauty products
- • Batteries in your fire alarm
Make cleaning a fun experience with music
Create a music playlist with everyone's favorite tunes to enjoy while doing chores. Music can help keep the body moving and free the mind from tiresome boredom.
Spring cleaning is usually a couple of full days, so create a schedule with what has to be done and who is going to be responsible for what.