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It might be hard to imagine blossoming flowers, baby animals, and sunshine when we’re buried under a crap-load of snow, but fret not, spring is just around the corner. It really is. I swear. And like the critters who awaken from their winter slumber feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, you may want to slither, crawl, or walk your way to the cupboard full of cleaning supplies to give your cave … erm … home the tidy it desperately needs to help you feel revitalised. To help get you started, here are some of the best tips on spring cleaning the home.
1. Make a list. Before you start your spring cleaning, you should first sit down and make a list. Divide your list into groups, each group covering a room in your house. You can take it even further and prioritize each task within each group so you tackle the most important first. When something on the list has been accomplished, cross it off. Having a list will help you remember what needs to be done so nothing is overlooked (and it will feel good to see the list get shorter!).
2. Do one room at a time. You’ll get more accomplished if you take on one room at a time rather than doing bits and pieces here and there.
3. Don’t take it all on yourself. Make sure you get everyone in the family pitching in. Once you make your list, have everyone choose a certain number of chores from that list to do. Put the list on the refrigerator so everyone has access to it to cross off their jobs when they’re done. If you have small children, check out Ideas for Chore Charts & Awesome Free Chore Chart Downloads for additional ideas.
4. Don’t procrastinate. It’s easy to put off spring cleaning; after all, there are hundreds of other – more fun – things to do! But if you don’t designate some time for spring cleaning, the chores will never get done. Figure out what works best for you and your family, whether it’s 30 minutes each evening or 2 hours each Saturday morning. Set aside time and stick to it until everything is crossed off your list.
5. Make sure you have everything you need before you start. And keep it all together. It’ll be too easy to procrastinate if you don’t have all the supplies you need beforehand. Make sure you have all the essential cleaning supplies and keep them in a pail so the supplies can be easily carried from room to room.
9. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. When was the last time you changed the batteries in your smoke detectors? If it was more than 6 months to a year ago, it’s time to put fresh ones in. It’s also a good time to vacuum the dust from them and test to make sure they’re working correctly.
10. Pull out the appliances. Do you know what’s living under your fridge? How about your stove? Spring cleaning should include pulling out all your appliances – including the washing machine and dryer – and washing under them and the walls behind them.
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