Along with Spring comes thoughts of crisp, fresh air, newly
budding flowers, singing birds and a sense of renewal. Getting
organized and doing a bit of spring cleaning, helps to bring that
wonderful fresh feeling into your home and office.
Here are 10 tips to help you start the season off right.
ASSIGN YOURSELF A DIFFERENT TASK FOR EACH DAY.
Make yourself a schedule that is comprised of one hour and one
task each day. Your schedule may look something like this:
Then, spend one hour each day doing your assigned task for
each room, throughout your house. You'll be amazed at the
difference you can make in your home by following this simple
USE THE PROPER TOOLS.
When cleaning and organizing, it's important to use tools that
help you get the job done as quickly as possible. For instance,
there are now dusting clothes that allow you to dust quickly and
easily, without any additional sprays.
dust and be done with it. Rubber gloves will help you deep clean,
without drying out your hands, exposing them to harsh chemicals,
or burning them in hot water. Racks can hold mops, brooms and
other cleaning supplies in one organized place, rather then
storing them loose and having them constantly tip over. An apron
with lots of pockets, can help you transport cleaning products
from room to room easily, so you don't have to keep running back
and forth to get what you need.
BE RUTHLESS WHEN IT COMES TO DECLUTTERING.
If you don't love it, and/or you don't use it, it's clutter.
It's the perfect time to embrace the Feng Shui art of
uncluttered living. Feng Shui teaches that if energy can easily
flow through a room, your life will be more harmonious and
happy--and clutter is an obstacle to reaching this relaxed and
calm state. Make it a quest of yours to be ruthless when it
comes to your decluttering efforts. You'll have less to dust,
less clutter to look it, an easier time finding the things you
do use and less stress in your life.
DONATE OR SELL THE THINGS YOU DON'T USE.
If you have items that you don't use, but are in good condition,
they are prime candidates to sell or donate. Gather all of these
items together in boxes or plastic bags. Then, decide whether
you would prefer to donate them or sell them. If you choose to
donate, consider giving them to your local Salvation Army, or
perhaps even a shelter or orphanage in town. Many of these
organizations will even pick up your donations for you. If you
choose to sell, you might set a date for a yard sale. Or, take
some photos of these items with your digital camera, and put
them up for sale at an online auction Web site.
MAKE YOUR SPRING CLEANING AND ORGANIZING FUN.
Don't think of it as a chore. Instead, think of it as a 'feel
good' exercise--one that will really help you to feel good about
yourself and your clean and organized environment. Play some
lively, fun, upbeat music. Dance your way through your home or
office with your dust rag or vacuum. Get the family involved.
Give everyone a task, and then do something relaxing afterwards,
like watching a movie together or going to the park for a walk.
Set timers and play 'beat the clock.' Give yourself time limits
for completing small tasks, and try to complete those tasks
before the timer goes off. Ask a friend to help, or do a swap.
You clean her living room if she'll clean your kitchen.
Turn off the TV while you're cleaning and organizing, and let
your answering machine field your calls. If a friend stops by
while you're working, simply tell him/her that you've scheduled
this time for spring cleaning. He or she is free to stay, as
long as you could continue working. Perhaps, you might even get
some help. If not, tell your friend you'll stop by his or her
house later on when you're done. If you have kids, give them
their own jobs to do, or at minimum, be sure they're occupied
with something else. The quickest and best jobs are accomplished
when there are no distractions.
MAKE YOURSELF A CHECKLIST.
Make a checklist of all springtime jobs that you only do once or
twice a year. Perhaps you might bring your large comforters to
the laundromat, bring your drapes, and winter coats, to the dry
cleaners, store your winter clothes and bring your warm-weather
clothes out of hiding or check the smoke detectors. If all of
these odd jobs are on a list, you won't forget to do them. Then,
try to do at least one or two of these odd jobs per week,
DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE INSIDES.
It's important to clean and organize things that are in sight
all of the time. But, it's also important to remember those
items that are out of sight. Spring is a great season to
organize your closets, cabinets, drawers, bins, boxes, pantry
and other inside storage areas. Give yourself that spring
feeling, both inside and out!
ENJOY THE WEATHER WHILE YOUR WORKING.
Do some outside organizing and yard work, so you can be
accomplishing something, but also enjoying the nice weather at
the same time. Gather your gardening and planting supplies in
one place. Replace old and broken tools. Perhaps you might even
get a gardening caddie to store your good gardening tools. Clean
the garage. Keep the garage door open while you're doing so, so
that you can enjoy the nice weather.
OPEN YOUR WINDOWS.
There's nothing like taking in a breath of fresh air. As you're
cleaning, open the windows. You'll be removing musty winter
odors, protecting yourself from inhaling harsh fumes from
cleaning products and the fresh air will keep you going. While
you're at it, let the sun shine in. Open curtains and drapes to
give yourself plenty of light, for an energy boost.
by Maria Gracia - Get
Organized Now! http://www.getorganizednow.com
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