This post from the PrimeLending blog resonated with me, as my husband and I just completed a major spring cleaning on our own home. We started by looking at each part of our home and creating a checklist, then dove into de-cluttering. We donated over 200 books to our local library and a car load of clothing and other household goods to Goodwill. Our house looks and feels fantastic!
6 Tips to Make Spring Cleaning More Productive
More sunlight, warmer temperatures, flowers in bloom… ah, spring. As someone who isn’t a big fan of winter, spring can’t come soon enough each year – except for when it comes to spring cleaning, that is. Don’t get me wrong; I love the feeling that comes with a clean, organized home that’s ready for hosting in the summer, but I think that most of us would be lying if we said we look forward to the actual cleaning part. Have no fear, though! We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you make cleaning a little more manageable and make you more productive in the process.
Make a Checklist
Everyone has their own definition of what spring cleaning is. To some, it’s as simple as de-cluttering a kitchen pantry and vacuuming in high-traffic areas. For others, it means cleaning, organizing and getting rid of items no longer needed. Write down what your goals are for each room and what specifically needs to be done, along with anything you’ll need to help you in the process. Make a note if you need to re-stock on cleaning products, buy plastic storage bins to help you organize, etc., and run those errands before you start to clean.
Pump Up the Music
Cleaning is a lot more fun when music is involved! When you listen to music you like, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical that makes you feel good. Create a Spotify playlist on your phone, tablet or computer with your favorite tunes and get to scrubbing, dusting and sweeping. Jamming while you work will put you in a great mood and will help keep you focused. Plus, let’s be real – cleaning is way more exciting when you let yourself take a break every now and then to play air guitar with a mop or broom.
Make Separate Piles of What You Can Donate or Recycle
As you’re sorting through items you want to donate, like clothes, furniture, etc., make separate piles in your home according to where you’re planning to give away. This will make everything easier when it’s time to haul the items off. In general, The Salvation Army and Goodwill are some great starting points when you’re looking to donate, since they accept a variety of items. Here are some ideas for additional places to donate or recycle (we recommend getting in touch with individual organizations to learn more about what they specifically accept):
- American Red Cross
- Vietnam Veterans of America
- Dress for Success
- Area churches
- Homeless shelters
- Women and children’s shelters
- Habitat for Humanity
- Area churches
- Children’s charities
- Children’s shelters
Make a Cleaning Toolkit
Sponge: check. Paper towels: check. Cleaning solution: check. By creating a toolkit to carry from room to room with your supplies, you’ll save time without going back and forth trying to find the right supply for the room you’re cleaning. You can keep the tools in a basket, a bucket or even a paper shopping bag. You can also add in some rubber gloves, glass cleaner, cleaning brushes and your favorite cleaning products.
Tackle the Big Projects Last
Go ahead and get the smaller, easier chores you need to do out of the way. You’ll feel a lot more motivated and accomplished once the fridge has been cleaned out, the laundry has been folded and you’ve emptied the trash. Sometimes it makes sense to go ahead and take care of these kinds of tasks the day before you plan to tackle the big ones. The thought of having to go through your closet and get rid of the clothes you don’t wear anymore will seem even more daunting if you know that you’ll still also have to vacuum and take out the trash afterwards.
Make Cleaning a Workout
You’d be surprised how much exercise you can get in while cleaning. Results from a 2013 study showed that you can burn up to 3,655 calories from a full spring clean! Calories burned by scrubbing the floor, deep cleaning bathrooms, moving heavy furniture and even going up and down stairs really add up. Knowing that you’re also getting in shape while cleaning can be a big motivator to keep going, and you’ll feel great after the job is done. You can set a fitness goal for yourself as you work by using a Fitbit or another kind of activity tracker. Plus, most smartphones now have built-in pedometers, so you can see how many steps you took during the cleaning. If you also take breaks every now and then to dance to the sweet music playlist you made, you’re really going break a sweat!
PrimeLending always tries to give homeowners helpful tips. If you’d like to become a homeowner or you’re thinking about moving into a different home, contact a PrimeLending loan officer today. We have options for every kind of budget.
From the PrimeLending blog, by Mandy Jordan