Organizing a Spring Cleaning Checklist That Works
The last thing you want to do when the weather turns gorgeous is start washing windows. Of course there are those select few that get Spring cleaning fever and are ready to dive in, but they are in the minority. Most of us want to get outside and spend some time in the beautiful weather. Organizing a spring cleaning checklist that makes sense and actually works is a surefire way to help you have that extra time. If you are a person that likes to get the spring cleaning done and over with, then this post is for you. Here are some tips on organizing a spring checklist that works for you:
Begin thinking of what you want to accomplish ahead of time
The last thing you want to do is try to go at Spring cleaning “willy nilly” and without a plan. Sit down and begin crafting a list of things you want to do when you start your cleaning. A nice list will allow you to see the whole job and to plan accordingly.
Prioritize your list of duties
Now take that list and put them in order of importance. Having them prioritized is important because that will give you a template to start your cleaning schedule from. What matters most to you?
Post your checklist for all to see
Putting the checklist in a prominent part of your home will help you to stay reminded and also serve as a reminder to the others. We are often motivated by what we see and that regular reminder can be a great way to motivate ourselves and others. As you eliminate a portion of the job, erase it and move on. That simple act of erasing something that is done is a powerful motivator too. You get to watch your spring cleaning checklist shrink before your eyes.
Knock out the tough stuff first
There are several schools of thought on this but I find that doing the hardest stuff first will help you to build momentum. Knocking out the tough stuff allows you to feel as though you are going downhill and working towards a finish. If you are more of a slow starter, perhaps you could do an easy task or two first to get rolling and then dive into the tougher stuff. You have to know your own motivations.
Gather the troops for jobs bigger than you
If you are trying to spring clean all by yourself, you best be living alone. If you are not alone, then you need to be delegating some duties to the other members of your household. Don’t get “super” syndrome and try to do it all yourself. Your spring cleaning will quickly become a chore that seems impossible. Get some help and insist they stay the course with you till the end.
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