While spring cleaning is an evil necessity in any home because the task can seem so daunting many attempt to push it off, which only leads to a cluttered living space, (and messy closets). The easiest way to get the job done is by making it more manageable and getting everyone involved in the process.
Professional organizer and author Barbara Reich offered up seven tips for completing the task with ease–and it all starts with setting realistic goals. While it may be tempting to abandon your chores and head outdoors, it’s best to tackle your to-do list sooner rather than later.
Barbara Reich’s Tips:
1. Formulate a Plan and Set Reasonable Goals
Decide which areas of your home need to be cleaned and allocate an appropriate amount of time to get the job 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, so you can accomplish your goals.
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!
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 organized than if many areas are only partially finished.
6. 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.
7. 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.