Schedule out your spring cleaning

April 18th, 2013 egreenfield

spring cleaning vacuum cleaningFor many of us across the country, spring cleaning is here and some of us are in over our heads. We begrudgingly go along with the flow, because spring cleaning is what you do in the spring. However, there are many mistakes we make that add unnecessary stress to an already burdensome task.


When it comes to spring cleaning, we Americans are overly ambitious and poorly planned. We often plan to clean the entire house in only one day. We get up early and start rearranging rooms, putting things in garbage bags and boxes. Before we know it, there is clutter in every room, floors covered in it. We hop from room to room, picking at things, like bumblebees in a flower garden. By afternoon, we are exhausted and the house is worse than it was in the morning. You survey your home and ask yourself, “What happened?” The answer to that question is simple: you were overly ambitious and poorly planned. Spring cleaning is easier when you plan it out over a week or two, or even a month. Dedicate certain days to certain rooms and time everything. On Monday, start cleaning your bedroom, but only do it for 20-30 minutes. On Tuesday, move to the kitchen. This way, you will not overwhelm yourself and you might even have a little fun with it!


While you are planning your spring cleaning schedule, incorporate other members of your family. Spring cleaning is all the worse when you do it on your own. It is far easier when you tackle the home cleaning with your family. If your spouse complains about being tired from work, schedule him or her to help clean on the weekend or assign smaller tasks that can be accomplished in increments before or after a work shift. Do not let your kids off scot-free either. There is always something for them to do. Give them something small to do. Although they may complain, children always feel proud when accomplishing something. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to instill a hearty work ethic in the little ones. Hard work produces results, and results lead to rewards.


You have a schedule of sorts and your family members are on board, what to do now? I suggest making a cleaning schedule on an Excel spreadsheet. That way, you can pass them out to your family. You can also use a dry erase board and keep it in the living room or kitchen.


Are you ready for that spring cleaning? If still on the fence, please contact My Carpet Cleaning Service for tips, a consultation and cleaning services. If you are in the Silver Spring and Potomac MD area, we will even swing by and take a look at your home. After all, we are your spring cleaning experts!


*Image courtesy of Chronik 1913, p.417

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