There are blossoms on the trees, a crispness in the air and baseball back on the television. That can only mean one thing: After a long winter, spring is finally here.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. For many, that means letting go of the accumulated dirt and clutter of the past year and starting the warm weather off on the right foot. But this year has been a bit different. Because of the global pandemic, everyone has been spending more time indoors, which has led to the accumulation of more dust, debris and clutter. Couple that with the fact that most people are busier than ever, and it may make this spring-cleaning season particularly challenging.
If you aren’t sure how to fit spring cleaning into your busy schedule, you aren’t alone. Luckily, this article has compiled a list of three simple tips to get it done without stress.
Get Started on the Right Foot with a Decluttering Service
Have you ever tried to dust a cluttered mantle or wipe a messy dining table? The obstacles make it twice as hard as ever.
Before you address deep-cleaning projects, you should start by taking inventory of your items. What needs to stay, and what can be disposed of, donated or sold. It’s a sizeable undertaking (especially if you are busy), which is why it’s best to leave it to the experts. Home organizers in Toronto can help you sort through your items, facilitate their removal, and then implement easy-to-follow organizational systems. A home organizing service can help you with everything from your bedroom closets to kitchen and garage storage. It’s a simple solution for busy individuals.
Create a Schedule and Give Yourself a Generous Lead Time
With decluttering done, it’s time to turn your attention to cleaning. Before you do, create a detailed schedule with everything that needs to get done. Let’s say you have a list of five essential tasks:
- Wash the windows
- Clean the oven
- Vacuum behind the refrigerator
- Clean the gutters and downspouts
- Pressure-wash the deck
Begin by assigning each task an amount of time (two hours to clean the gutters, for instance). Then, decide on a daily time allocation for cleaning (you can only spare 20 minutes per day, let’s say). Together, these quick calculations should help you establish a daily cleaning schedule. If it takes you two or more weeks, so be it – at least it will get done!
Involve the Family and Make It Exciting
As they say, many hands make the work lighter! If you have a spouse and grown up kids, involve them in the process. Put on music, an engaging podcast or riveting audiobook while you clean to make the process more fun. If your kids respond well to competition, consider adding a competitive element to cleaning: whoever finishes their task quickest gets a half-hour extra computer time!
With help from a decluttering service, structure from a detailed schedule and aid from an excited workforce of family members, you can fit even the most labour-intensive spring-cleaning regimen into your busy schedule. Once you do, you can take the entire summer to kick back and relax!