Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring Cleaning...it's that time of year

I don’t know about you but besides changing the sheets on the bed every week…spring cleaning is about one of the last things I want to do! Oh yeah..and washing windows!!!

Since spring cleaning is not on my top ten list, I like to tackle it in small does. I believe if you repeat your movement over and over, you could do it in your sleep. Kind of like driving you just turn on your auto pilot, so that is how I tackle spring cleaning. I try to be on auto pilot while cleaning. For instance, if your baseboards need cleaning, clean all the baseboards in your house instead of cleaning one room at a time. Anything that can be completed over and over in each room or close to is what I would start with before tackling individual tasks in each room.

No matter which room you’re in, keep in mind you need to do these five steps.
1. “Clear the Clutter”
2. Dust from top to bottom
3. Wipe everything down
4. Vacuum or wash the floor

Here are some “repeat” things that can be completed in each room or close to it.
1. Washing the baseboards, door jams, window sills, doors, and walls
2. Cleaning windows (I personally would hire a service!! YUCK!)
3. Dusting the corners and ceilings for cob webs

After you have taken care of the spring cleaning basics for each room, take a note pad and write down the things that need to be done in each room of your home. Take one room at a time, this does not have to be done overnight! It can go into summer, no one is going to come into your home and double check your spring cleaning status and write you a ticket if you haven’t finished it by the end of May.

Here are some ideas for individual rooms in your home.
1. Scrubbing the kitchen cabinets, appliances, and the backsplash behind the stove
2. Wipe out the refrigerator and freezer
3. Scrub the entire bathroom from floor to ceiling. If you saw the movie “Daddy DayCare” you know why I included the ceiling!!!
4. Flip mattresses on your beds.
5. Change air vents and clean the ceiling fans.

These are all just a few ideas, you need to do what you think is best for your home and heck your windows may not even need cleaning…by the way if you want to clean extra windows…call me…mine are begging for a good cleaning!!!
Happy Spring Cleaning…remember to pace your self.

Author Michelle Lehman of Organizing Solutions "Clear the Clutter" Michelle is a Professional Organizer in the Tulsa area. Her articles have been featured in the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Post-Tribune. Michelle appears on Fox23 News This Morning and The News On 6 KOTV giving organizing tips and recommendations.