Spring Clean Your Life!

May 8, 2012

Spring Clean Your Life!

Spring is in the air and we all look forward to it after the cold winter.

In the past, this time of year traditionally was the signal to open the windows, drag the rugs outside to beat them clean and wash the windows until they sparkled.

Well these days we hardly have time to look out the windows let alone take the time to even notice that they should probably be washed, but where would you find the time?   Beat the rugs??  We’re lucky if we have time to vacuum the dust balls piling up in the corners.  Life has really changed.  Getting through the day has become far too complex.  We all seem to be overextended and stressed out.    People these days are juggling too many activities, possessions and responsibilities.

How do we find time in our lives to look out the window to glance at the flowers blooming or our children playing in the yard?    Bringing organization into your life will help you reassess what’s important to you and help you create a simpler, more efficient lifestyle.

If you are thinking of actually doing some “spring cleaning” this year, remember that the number one way to reduce your cleaning time all during the year is to de-clutter first.   It is estimated that 40% of the time you spend cleaning is spent moving “stuff” around before you can even clean it.    All the stuff in your life has to be dusted, polished, kept track of, stored, insured, protected, organized, reorganized, and repositioned all around your house.  Cluttered rooms take ten times more time to clean because of having to move so much out of the way to do anything and then moving it all back when we’re done.   Clutter wastes our time, makes us inefficient and stops us from getting to the things we really care about in life.

Before you spend time, money and energy cleaning and taking care of whatever stuff you want to take care of ask yourself – “Can I get rid of it?”  Toss it, donate it, give it to your relatives, consignments stores, sell it on eBay, etc.  Ask yourself, does it have a function?  Do you enjoy seeing it?  Do you love it?

Some tips for cleaning around the house:

  1. Everyone picks up after themselves!  Once you make that rule, stick with it.  Don’t give up if people don’t seem to be able to remember it right away.  Behavior takes time to change.  It takes 30 days to make a habit!
  2. Divide and conquer.  Assign each family member a different task to get the job done faster.
  3. Make sure there’s a place to put items and there’s a much better chance it’ll be put away. Provide drawers, hooks, pegboards, shelves, boxes that you don’t have to go far to find.
  4. Make sure there’s a place to get rid of it.   Put convenient, visible waste containers not only in every room, but in the yard and the garage.
  5. Don’t forget to reward yourself for a job well done.

Be determined!  Make Decisions!   Corral the clutter, clean out the closets, and eliminate the paper piles.  You will feel better when you get organized and simplify your life.   Other benefits will show up in your life as you save money, time and space and your stress level will definitely decrease.

Send me your tips for getting through your cleaning chores.  I’d love to hear from you.

Enjoy the beautiful weather, the flowers and your life!

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  1. Wow!!! Such a nice tips… It definitely helps me a lot.

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