Spring has sprung, and with the weather warming up, it’s time for one of the busiest times of year for those in the cleaning business: the annual rite known as spring cleaning. It’s time to let in some fresh air, clear out the cobwebs, and deep-clean everything. But for those who don’t clean for a living, the task can seem pretty overwhelming: Clean the whole house, now, just when it’s getting nice out and you’d rather be outside playing with the kids than inside scrubbing the sinks and shampooing the carpets? It doesn’t have to be that way, though. After all, there’s no rule that you have to do all of your spring cleaning in one day or even one weekend. Breaking it up into little tasks can make a daunting job seem a lot more manageable.
Do Just One Thing
Think about all of the little messes all over your house. Now, pick one, and go clean it up. Maybe it’s that sink full of dishes that have been piling up. Perhaps it’s the water-spotted bathroom mirror. Maybe it’s the table where you tend to throw your junk mail until it starts to slide off of the pile and onto the floor. Or maybe it’s the junk drawer: Come on, you know you have one, that one drawer we all have where all sorts of random junk tends to end up, from tape measures to butcher’s twine to thumbtacks to tweezers. Just clean one spot. It won’t take that long, and if you keep doing that every time you have a few minutes, keep cleaning up one more place, eventually, you’ll have the whole house tidy.
… Or Do Two Things At Once
Better yet, embrace the art of multitasking. You could be super-productive this way: Throw a load of laundry in the washer, then go do the dishes while the clothes are washing, then put the laundry in the dryer, then scrub the bathroom until the dryer stops. Or you could be less productive, but make the work more pleasant, by doing something fun while you work. For instance, take that basket of clean laundry to the living room and fold it while you’re watching TV, or put on your favorite music and dance while you dust.
Share and Share Alike
You could also take a divide-and-conquer approach. You might assign each family member one room to clean. Or you could give each person one chore, like cleaning all of the windows in the house or vacuuming all of the rugs. Better yet, involve the kids by making a game out of cleaning. You might have them race to see who can fold the most laundry (neatly, please!) by the time the basket’s empty, or see who can find the most expired foods to pull out of the fridge. Or you could send them on a scavenger hunt through the house: Give them a list of things to get rid of, such as a broken toy, a too-small shirt, a dried-out pen, and a piece of junk mail, and see who can collect everything you need to throw out the fastest.