Spring Cleaning

SPRING-CLEANING1It’s that time of year again! And I can’t wait! The warmer weather, the nice breezes, rain, the smell of flowers, and the sound of birds chirping! 🙂 It also means the beginning of Spring Cleaning. Here are a few tips to help you get organized so you don’t feel overwhelmed by this task.

  1. Make a list of what needs to be done.
  2. Next to each item on your list, give it a due date. Some tasks will be take longer than others so keep this in mind. Give yourself realistic deadlines. If you try to get everything done in one day, you may just end up putting all of it off so nothing gets done.
  3. Delegate! Don’t take on the spring cleaning by yourself. Enlist the help of your family. With kids, I like to have them spring clean their rooms. It’s a great time to get rid of toys that they don’t use anymore and clothes that are just too small or are too worn out to wear anymore.
  4. Get started! Don’t procrastinate. Schedule cleaning around activities so you don’t have an excuse to not get things done.
  5. To keep you motivated consider having a yard sale. Set a date and time as your deadline to have everything done. Nothing is better than making money off of items you no longer need! Get your family involved by having them add items for the yard sale like stuffed animals they don’t want anymore, toys they don’t use anymore, and clothes that are too small. Your kids will love making money off items they no longer have use for! 🙂 To celebrate, take the family out for frozen yogurt. Your kids could also get involved by having a lemonade or cookie stand to earn extra money.
  6. Donate! Any clothes or toys that are still in good shape will always be taken for donations. For any items leftover from the yard sale, donate them to Goodwill or another organization. In the area we live in, there are a lot of bins for Big Brothers Big Sisters, so all you have to do is drop it off. We also have a quarterly pick up for items to help people in the community that are disabled.

Once you are all done, treat yourself to something fun with the money that you earned. It could be a new outfit, a full pantry, or a fun family activity. The best way to stick with something is to make it fun and have a reward at the end. Don’t get too overwhelmed, just take on one project at a time.

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