Wednesday, March 27, 2013

7 Tips for Spring Cleaning Success

Tip #1:Treat yo self! How about hanging with this cute dog?

  1. Treat yo self! What grand prize will you give yourself for completing spring cleaning? Be sure to also plan a smaller, but motivating, reward to look forward to after each daily session of cleaning or organizing. The daily treat could be going for a walk with a your neighbor's dog, a punch card for yoga classes, or a cupcake. It could also be something that ordinarily keeps you from household chores, like watching back-to-back episodes of Parks and Recreation on Netflix (not that I would know anything about that from personal experience; no not at all).
  2. Prioritize the tasks you'd benefit most from. Projects that support your safety and health, as well as nourish your emotional well-being should be at the top of the list. This means working on dust, mold, and germ ridden areas should be high on your list. If the box of old books you needed to get rid of is stressing you out daily that should be prioritized too.
  3. Break projects that are overwhelming and important into much smaller ones. Schedule short, timed daily sessions to tackle the project. Confronting your fear daily equals daily success, improvement, and confidence.
  4. Examine feelings of shame. The mother-in-law question from yesterday's brainstorm might be a good launching point. Don't do something just because you think you should. It's your life! Ask yourself how you really feel. What's important to you? Also, don't worry about doing things perfectly or to your mother's standards. Great is good, but done is better. (I have to remind myself of this everyday!)
  5. Decide to enjoy the process. Check out my list of 10 Ways to Make Cleaning Fun.
  6. Make your life easier by using the best cleaning products, techniques, and services available to you. Buy or borrow a decent canister vacuum. Mix up or shop for healthy, green cleaners. If you aren't sure how to best clean, organize, or repair something, Google it.
  7. Enlist the help of a professional organizer, green cleaner, window cleaner, painter, laundry service, etc. If your budget is tight, ask a good friend or family member for help.

Do you have any tips that will help motivate us and help us stay on track to meet spring cleaning goals? Have you made your spring-cleaning checklist yet? If not, check out my list of 15 brainstorm questions to help you create a personalized one.

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