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  the siding on your home. This will make it easier to go from one task to another with- out having to waste time wondering what to do next.
have a chance to relax – especially if it’s
a beautiful spring day. By pre-scheduling your breaks, you’ll remind yourself to take time out, but you won’t take an excessive amount of time.
2. Assemble a Team – If your family is willing and able, get them to work with you as a team. If you’re single or live alone, get some of your friends to help you with the promise that you’ll help them in return.
8. Prepare Snacks and Meals Ahead
of Time – With all the energy you’ll be spending on cleaning, you’ll need to refuel yourself with snacks and healthy meals.
Put together a slow cooker meal the night before so you won’t have to prepare dinner after a long day of cleaning. If you’ll be cleaning for a week straight, make a large batch of something you can eat over several days.
Assign tasks according to your team members’ strengths or allow them to sign up for the tasks they’d prefer. Not only will this help you get things done faster, but it will also make spring cleaning much more fun.
9. Pump Up the Jams – There’s no rea- son why you can’t have fun while you’re cleaning. Create a playlist of your favor- ite tunes to keep you motivated and pick something upbeat to get you moving faster. Cleaning can actually be a good way to fit in some indoor home exercise.
3. Gather Your Supplies – Spend the week before spring cleaning gathering up the supplies you’ll need. If you’ll need to visit several stores, plan to hit a store a day during that week. If you’re planning well in advance, buy your supplies when they go on sale and utilize discount grocery coupons. You can also use safe, natural household cleaners, such as baking soda and vinegar.
To avoid this, focus on only one task at a time. If you attempt to do too many things at once, none of them will be done well, and you may get lost and forget what you were doing altogether.
10. Keep Your Goal in Mind – Spring cleaning is a big project. It takes hard work and sacrifice when you could easily be doing something else. But also know that you will get a sense of satisfaction and pride out of the hard work you put in. There is joy in pushing yourself to the limit and reaching your goals.
4. Plan Ahead for Time-Consuming Tasks – If you’re planning any time-con- suming tasks, set aside extra time outside of your actual spring-cleaning schedule. For example, if you’re going to shampoo your carpets, they’ll need a day or two to dry. You don’t want to have to worry about avoiding them when you’re trying to do everything else. So plan to do them before, or even after, you do the rest of your cleaning.
6. Celebrate Your Progress – It’s easy to get discouraged when you have a large project and are only focusing on what you have left to do. Last year, I had a huge spring-cleaning list of over 40 items, some of which were time-consuming. At times, I felt very discouraged when I looked at my list of things to do and saw so many items still on it.
Final Word
5. Focus on One Task at a Time – I tend to fumble around when I have a lot to do. I feel as though I’m spread too thin and start jumping from one task to another with- out ever really completing anything.
This year, I’m promising myself to focus on what I have completed and recognize my progress. At the end of each spring-clean- ing task, reflect on all you’ve done and be proud of your hard work.
Spring cleaning is a lot of work, but you can make it more manageable by devel- oping a schedule and plan of action. See pages 20-21 to get started. When all is said and done, your home will feel fresh and renewed, you’ll be happy you took the time to clean out the winter dust and dirt.
7. Take Breaks – You are not a machine, so don’t feel like you need to work like one. Pre-schedule breaks so you not only have something to look forward to, but also
When you’re finished, be sure to reward yourself and all those who helped out. Have a BBQ or just relax. You deserve it!
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