After a long, harsh winter, your home may be in serious need for spring cleaning. The brutal winter has caused us to put off projects that might have otherwise been dealt with during winter months. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the chaos, it only makes it worse if you continue to put it off. Here are some tips to help you determine how to really make progress on a spring cleaning project this year:
Make a list. Before you start emptying closets and finding yourself with an even bigger mess, sit with a pen and paper and make a list of spring cleaning aspirations. Listing them all will help you gather your thoughts and determine priorities.
Create a plan. As with any project, your always more effective when working with a plan of attack. Once you’ve created a comprehensive list of projects to complete, arrange them in order of priority, determine how much time you will need to allow and set some reasonable deadlines.
Schedule it. You may be motivated that first day and tackle many of the projects on your list. But if you still have projects hanging out there and want to make time to accomplish them, there’s no better way than to carve out time on the calendar. When you have a busy schedule, the only way you find time is to go to your calendar and make it. It may require eliminating another less important activity, but you will always find the time if you really want to get it done.
Don’t be fooled. There’s no magic wand when it comes to organizing. Hiding a mess behind a closed door will only exacerbate the problem. It can be a tedious process of going through things, making decisions and creating storage solutions. A professional organizer can certainly speed up the progress, make it fun and encourage quicker decision-making, but all steps need to happen in order to bring the chaos to order.
Start small. Once you have decided on a place to begin, get even more specific. For example, if you want to organize a closet, start with a hanging section, a shelf or drawer. Go through it entirely, eliminate what you can and neatly organize the rest. Don’t move on until that specific area is complete. Organization boils down to fully finishing the details of every project. When you break a large project down into sections, finish each section before you move on to the next.
Don’t give up. It’s easy to walk away when you’re distracted, but you’ll regret it later. If you’re working alone and want to stay on task, set a timer. Work in 30-45 minute increments and stick with it until the timer goes off. Once you’ve finished a section, take 5 and set the timer again until you finish.
Reward yourself. Set a goal to complete a spring cleaning project that’s been on your list. Give yourself a reward when you get it done. It can range from treating yourself to a nice meal, to purchasing great containers to keep the contents of your organized space.