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As warmer weather finally arrives and spring rolls in, the temptation to clean every square inch of your house can make it hard to relax with ease after a long day. Removing all the clutter, dust, and other debris that accumulates over the winter can feel overwhelming when you plan it as a single long marathon. Develop a schedule that breaks key tasks into manageable chunks to handle spring cleaning with less stress.
Consider the Weather
First, block out one to two weeks in the near future for accomplishing your cleaning goals. Aim to tackle goals that require open windows and doors, like using strong chemicals, for the warmest and clearest days. Wash your windows on cloudy days so you can clearly see dirt, and plan a specific day just for decluttering and taking the items away immediately so they don’t just end up in the garage again.
List Your Tasks
Walk through your home with a notepad and a pen to take notes on everything you’d like to clean or declutter. Keep the room lists separated so you can group tasks by both the type of cleaning, such as vacuuming, and by the room. Include all the routine tasks you’ll need to do to prepare for bigger tasks, such as sweeping before mopping or scrubbing.
Plan By Hour
Next, try to break tasks into groups of one hour in total each. Estimate the time you need to spend on tasks based on your personal speeds, not what it takes others to do them. Overestimate so if you discover a bigger mess you don’t end up sucked into the job all day. Only commit to two or three hours of cleaning in a single day, and preferably only spend a single hour a day on cleaning. This prevents you from wearing yourself out and quitting after just a day or two of exhausting work. If it’s a particularly hard task, such as scrubbing grout by hand in the bathroom or kitchen, consider making it the only chore of the day even when it takes less than an hour.
Take Some Time Off
Finally, don’t rush to get through all of your spring cleaning at once. Give yourself permission to skip a day here and there on your weekly plan, just avoid taking two days off in a row or you’re unlikely to get started on cleaning again. Reward yourself at the end of the spring cleaning schedule and you’re sure to repeat your success again next year.