There’s really no right or wrong way to do it, but going through your entire home at least once each year and deep-cleaning all surfaces is going to be healthy in many ways. One benefit is being able to identify areas in need of maintenance and repair. Some people connect it with their religious or spiritual journey as well. But in case none of that is enough to motivate you to take on a large cleaning project, let’s look at some ways you can equip yourself to do what’s reasonable for your lifestyle and personality.
1. Hire someone to help you.
It doesn’t have to be a professional or someone who typically cleans other people’s homes for a living. Maybe it’s someone you know who’s currently between jobs or even an older child or teen you know. And by “hiring,” money doesn’t necessarily have to be exchanged; maybe you can set up a barter — perhaps even for some of the items you’re ready to let go of, thanks to your spring decluttering!
2. Break it up.
Who says you have to get it all done in one day, one week, or even one month?! You can adapt this blogger’s list of quarterly and annual cleaning jobs to suit your own home and family. You may also want to check out these lists of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks.
3. Get Some Accountability
If you know you need a little hand-holding, that’s okay! You can sign up for a 30-day House-cleaning challenge and receive daily e-mails with recommended jobs to do each day of the month! Daily e-mails are also available from the “FLY Lady”! If you’d prefer some in-person accountability, why not add in a little competition with a friend or neighbor — and maybe even sweeten the deal with treating for a coffee date on the line!
4. Keep Up with the Clean
If you don’t already have a regular cleaning schedule or routine, spring is the perfect time to put one in place! Consider printing a cleaning schedule like this one and making it part of your household binder or posting it on the fridge. Just like round 3 of the de-cluttering process, the best way to maximize the benefit from spring cleaning is to keep up with it throughout the year! Trust me: You’ll thank yourself, next spring.
Spring cleaning takes extra effort and time, but it also feels extra refreshing to have every nook and cranny of your home cleared out and cleaned out! However, finding time and energy for such a momentous task may not make sense for you this spring. If that’s the case, using some non-traditional methods and forms of assistance might give you just the nudge you need to come clean this spring!
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