For some, the words “spring cleaning” conjure up visions of clean productivity — a sense of opportunity for a fresh start. To others, spring cleaning is pure drudgery and greatly dreaded. This article is for the latter group. We hear you and we’ve got your back.
To the faint of heart, there is hope. Spring cleaning can be a thing of the past, but you must carry determination and a sense of order in your day to day life. It’s not impossible. And we’re going to share the secret with you.
Let’s get started with this life-changing idea.
Say goodbye to spring cleaning by following this routine every day
Here at Enviro-Dry, we’re all about keeping a clean home and office. And we get it. Everyone is different. We don’t expect everyone to fit into the same mold. What works for one person may not work for another. This article is for those of you who would rather avoid spring cleaning altogether. There is no shame in that.
Pay attention to the little things
You know what we’re talking about. The blades on your ceiling fan, for example. How often do you stop to clean those blades? We’re sure it’s not a common occurrence. If you’re more in tune to neglected areas that would otherwise be scheduled into your big spring cleaning frenzy, you can knock it out bit by bit throughout the year.
So today while you’re listening to your favorite podcast, take time out from your desk work and wipe down the living room baseboard in a snap. Not a bad idea, right?
Cut the clutter in your home space
In a home or office that is cluttered with trinkets, papers, and things, it’s a whole lot harder to clean and dust. If your counters are clear and your belongings are nicely stowed away, running through your home like a cleaning ninja should be a breeze.
So what’s a person to do?
Cut the clutter. That’s right. It’s time to say goodbye to some of those belongings. Make it a point to declutter a room at a time throughout the year. You’ll have to be hard on yourself and carry a box around for trash and another for the thrift store.
If it’s something you haven’t used or haven’t missed in three to six months, it’s unlikely that you’ll be missing it again! Toss it into the appropriate bin!
And make sure those bins don’t stay in your house. Haul them off to the dump or thrift store accordingly and promptly!
Embrace the minimalist aesthetic
Keeping a clean home or office is made easier when you don’t have things in the way. We stated that before. But how do you get to that point? Well, decluttering is a good start. But what about being ruthless in setting limits for yourself on what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable? We’re talking in terms of quantities and items here.
For example, do you really need fifty pairs of shirts? Maybe you do! Maybe you don’t. Be brutally honest with yourself. And consider setting yourself up with a capsule wardrobe.
Don’t do it on your own
Teach your child responsibility. All the cleaning doesn’t need to sit on the shoulders of mom and dad. Give your child some tasks to stay on top of each week, according to their age.
With everyone in the family pitching in, cleaning should be a breeze. Right? We think so! Remember the old saying? Many hands make light work.
So let’s move forward to our final bit of advice.
Stick to a cleaning schedule
Those things you’d knock yourself out doing the spring? Break it up and space it across the year in chunks. It’s with small bites that you’ll be able to swallow an unpleasant task.
Create your own year-round cleaning schedule and stick to it. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself joining your neighbors in the annual spring cleaning frenzy that you so dread.
Clean with confidence. Be intentional.
It’s all about being intentional. If you’re not intentional, you’ll have to do the spring cleaning. But if you are intentional, you can bet that no spring cleaning will be a great conversation piece with friends who call you amid their frenzied state of cleaning.
Now that we’re on the topic of year-round cleaning, how about employing some indoor plants to help you with the task? Plants can contribute to your effortless cleaning vibe. The right plants around your house can enhance a year-round cleaning routine by cleaning up the air you breathe.