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Stress-free Spring Cleaning Tips

I don’t know about you, but it seems that every year around this time something hits me. I notice my closet is bursting with clothes I haven’t worn in years, the windows have a dusty filmy residue, and the baseboards and moldings are scuffed. No, it’s definetly not anything remotely close to spring fever — it’s spring cleaning time.

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Where to start? It all seems so overwhelming. Below are a few steps to help alleviate the stresses of spring cleaning:

  1. Assess
    Take a sweep around your house. Look in the closets, open the fridge, slide your hand along the kitchen counters, check the baseboards, moldings and ceiling corners. Grab a pen and paper, and make a list. If the list seems too long, then put a star on the top five must-dos.
  2. Purge & Organize
    After making your list, hit the messy stuff first. It’s almost impossible to clean when there’s clutter. Pick your worst offender areas first, such as a closet or shoe drop off area. Make three piles: keep, toss/donate and trash. Pick up some baskets from Target or the Dollar Store and quickly work that one area. Don’t forget to label using post-its, or you can print labels on your printer.
  3. Clean
    I use mostly non-toxic, natural cleaners for my cleaning. Here’s a quick natural cleaning remedy that we use and works great on mirrors, counters and pretty much anything else: Get a large empty plastic spray bottle, fill it with 10 ounces of white vinegar, 15 ounces of water and 5 drops of an essential oil.
    Motivation Cleaning Secret:  For those (like myself) struggling to still get movitvated to spring clean, I treat myself to a new pair of cleaning gloves before the work commences, and after the labor is complete a manicure.
  4. Use Bedtime to Clean
    I use this 10 minutes while the kids are washing up, brushing teeth and getting pajamas on to do a quick wipe down of the bathroom, fold clothes, pick up and toss out clutter.
  5. Delegation “White Slip” Cleaning System
    I was feeling a bit burned out from being the solo ‘housekeeper’ lately, so a few weeks ago, I instituted a new weekly white slip system. I jot down a few incomplete chores around the house on a small sheet of white paper, and give each child their quick and dirty list. I also let my youngest daughter pick out some kid appropriate music while she cleans.

Eventually, I will embrace spring cleaning. Heck, I might even have to ‘white slip’ myself. For now, though, it’s hello spring cleaning — and goodbye dirt and clutter.

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Amazing tips! Using time when kids are in bed is really wise decision. I am going to try it. Thank you for sharing it. Best regards!

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