Spring cleaning may be exciting for some people, but for most, it can be a drag. Between sending the kids to the sitter, coming home from work, cooking dinner, cleaning the house and getting enough sleep at night, who has time for spring cleaning anyways?
If you started thinking about it as a fun project rather than a daunting task, it may be a lot easier to spend one of your weekends focused on spring cleaning. You may find this article a little silly, and silly it may be, but do not be fooled, this actually works.
Open all the Windows and Doors
If it is spring time and you’re reading this, it is likely going to be a rainy day, or a beautiful slightly breezy sunny day. Chances are if you have planned your spring cleaning day, it should be falling on a beautiful day (if it doesn’t, we suggest rescheduling). So, what better way to embrace the beautiful fresh spring air then by opening all the windows and doors? According to UK students from the University of Sussex (2013), enjoying the sunlight, the fresh air and embracing the outdoors has actually proven to increase your happiness. Happier spring cleaners, make for happier results. Not only will you be happier while cleaning, but another researcher by the name of Mirjam Munch (2011) has actually proven that fresh air and sunlight will help increase productivity thus giving you faster and better cleaning results. In addition to the benefits fresh air and sunlight have on people, by opening all windows and doors you are also letting out the old winter dust and low air quality inside and allowing fresh air in to clean your house of the dungy winter smell.
Put on Your Comfy Clothes
It is important if you are planning on dedicating your day to spring cleaning, that you dress for the part. Do not worry about which neighbours are going to see you running around in your sweats, this day is for you. So throw on your favourite trousers and tee shirt so you can get started. Running around the house, inside and outside, all day can be quite a workout. Make sure that when selecting what clothes you are going to wear, it will be light, breathable and will not leave you hot, sticky or itchy. Any of these clothes will keep you getting up to change. It is important to stay focused on the task at hand because as soon as you remember that you’re cleaning, you’ll be right back on that sofa.
Put in Your Favourite CD
Listening to music can be a huge benefactor for many people. Have you ever heard of people listening to music while working out? Or perhaps even listening to music while studying? The reason behind it all, is because if you are listening to music you enjoy with a good beat and a good pace, it will help you gain momentum to keep going. In this case, have fun with it, your windows and doors are wide open (so make sure you select appropriate song titles), the fresh air and sunshine are flowing in, be free to be who you want, sing out loud, dance and just have fun. You may even forget that you’ve dedicated an entire day to cleaning.
Eliminate the Effort
Use a multi-purpose garden pressure washer rather than a hose
Ahhhh, the saviour has come. If you haven’t heard of the magic behind a multi-purpose pressure washer, then you have been missing out. Spring cleaning will likely include washing the car, cleaning the outside of the house walls, rinsing the deck and many other outdoor household items that are covered in winter dirt and mud. Bringing all the tools to clean each of these things can be a bigger hassle than the cleaning itself. Using a pressure washer will allow you to eliminate all of these big items and focus on just one (not to mention, they are way more fun to use).
Get the Family Involved
Knowing that you have someone there to support you can be a huge sense of relief. It is also important that you aren’t doing the cleaning alone as there may be some heavy lifting required if you’re bringing out old furniture or lifting heavy objects to vacuum under. Have more than one person involved will allow you to allocated different tasks to different people so each person will be focusing on one thing and one thing only.
Focus on one thing at a time
In continuation, it is very important to focus on one thing and only one thing. Have you ever heard of the line do one thing really, really well? If you have multiple projects on the go while you’re cleaning, it may seem like it is never ending. This is a good reason to get other people involved. If you are working on the backyard, stay in the backyard and stay there until it is finished. If you get preoccupied with another task, it may take you longer to get back into what you were originally working on.