Can you tell that I have Spring on the brain? I think the cold/chilly weather is getting to me! LOL! I have started my spring cleaning and have a tip (actually two) that have worked well for me over the years that I’d like to re-share:
1. Do what you like LEAST, first. For me, it’s the windows, blinds and window curtains. Hate may be a strong word, but it expresses how I feel about doing windows! So, when I begin my spring cleaning, I start with the windows and get that chore done. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and then I can move on to do the more enjoyable spring cleaning chores. And, in spite of the drudgery, I do love freshly clean windows. 🙂
I follow this principle with my regular weekly cleaning and in other areas of my life as well. I start with the most unpleasant task – whether it be cleaning, work related or whatever it is that I am dreading – and get it over with.
2. Use a timer. This is a tip you may have heard before, or even use already yourself. When I begin a task I set a timer for how long I think a particular task should take, then when the timer goes off, I stop what I am doing and move on to the next task. I’m not rigid about this, though. If I am almost done with a task, I will either reset the timer to finish the task at hand or just continue until I’m finished without restarting the timer. Then I set the timer for the next task, etc.
Using the timer helps me stay focused, motivated and on task. I also sometimes use it to make cleaning-up a game for my son. We “race” to see how much we can get done before the timer goes off. It’s amazing how much you can get done in 20 minutes or less!
What’s your favorite spring cleaning tip?
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