6 Tricks to Stop Procrastinating Your Spring Cleaning

Barbara Reich formed Resourceful Consultants, LLC in 1999. She and her husband live in Manhattan with their twins. Barbara has appeared on the Today show and has been featured in The New York Times, New York Post, and Real Simple, among other publications.

Cleaning_Relaxation_400I love spring for many reasons: warmer weather, celebrating my birthday, blooming flowers, and most of all because it’s time for spring cleaning! While this phrase may not generate the same excitement for you, follow these tips, and I promise you’ll start the season with a bounce in your step, clear space in your mind, and better organized home.

1. Formulate a plan and set reasonable goals
Decide which areas of your home need to be cleaned and allocate time to get it done. Allow time for distractions, so you won’t get discouraged if the job doesn’t get finished as quickly as you hoped. Make sure your intentions are reasonable plan of attack that has at least a 98% chance of being accomplished!

2. Have cleaning and organizing supplies on hand
There is nothing more frustrating than starting an organizing project only to find that you’re out of supplies. Be prepared!

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3. Involve your family
Spring cleaning isn’t just your job. Divide the list by family member, so that everyone is accountable for something. Even young children can be responsible for small jobs. For example, school age children can sort through gloves at the end of the season and discard any that don’t fit or are missing a mate.

4. Tackle one area at a time
It’s more efficient and sanity-saving to work on one area at a time. Focus on a specific coat closet and complete that project before moving onto the next one. You’ll have more of a sense of accomplishment if one area is completely organizing than if many areas are only partly finished.

5. Tote your cleaning supplies with you
For more efficient cleaning, fill a bucket with basics that need to be toted from room to room: all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a scrub brush, and rags.

6. Group like things together and contain loose items
Group like things together such as batteries and chargers. Store loose items in a labeled container that can be stacked in a closet or on a shelf.

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