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The Organized HomeSpring Cleaning / Organizing Tips
Ruthlessness. Armed for battle. Tackling different enemies each day. Tossing your enemies aside. And having fun. Does that sound like a spring cleaning job? It should, if you want to make cleaning more fun - and likely to get done.
Along with Spring comes thoughts of crisp, fresh air,newly budding flowers, singing birds and a sense of renewal. Getting organized and doing a bit of spring cleaning, helps to bring that wonderful fresh feeling into your home and office.
Here are 10 tips to help you start the season off right.
1. Assign yourself a different task for each day
Then, spend one hour each day doing your assigned task for each room, throughout your house. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make in your home by following this simple system.
2. Use the proper tools
For instance, there are now dusting cloths that allow you to dust quickly and easily, without any additional sprays. Just dust and be done with it.
Rubber gloves will help you deep clean, without drying out your hands, exposing them to harsh chemicals, or burning them in hot water.
Racks can hold mops, brooms and other cleaning supplies in one organized place, rather then storing them loose and having them constantly tip over.
An apron with lots of pockets, can help you transport cleaning products from room to room easily, so you don't have to keep running back and forth to get what you need.
3. Be ruthless
Make it a quest of yours to be ruthless when it comes to your de-cluttering efforts. You'll have less to dust, less clutter to look it, an easier time finding the things you do use and less stress in your life.
4. Donate or sell
If you choose to donate, consider giving them to your local Salvation Army, or perhaps even a shelter or orphanage in town. Many of these organizations will even pick up your donations for you.
If you choose to sell, you might set a date for a yard sale. Or, take some photos of these items with your digital camera, and put them up for sale at an online auction Web site.
5. Make your spring cleaning and organizing fun
Play some lively, fun, upbeat music. Dance your way through your home or office with your dust rag or vacuum. Get the family involved. Give everyone a task, and then do something relaxing afterwards, like watching a movie together or going to the park for a walk.
Set timers and play 'beat the clock.' Give yourself time limits for completing small tasks, and try to complete those tasks before the timer goes off.
Ask a friend to help, or do a swap. You clean her living room if she'll clean your kitchen.
6. Eliminate distractions
If a friend stops by while you're working, simply tell him/her that you've scheduled this time for spring cleaning. He or she is free to stay, as long as you could continue working. Perhaps, you might even get some help. If not, tell your friend you'll stop by his or her house later on when you're done.
If you have kids, give them their own jobs to do, or at minimum, be sure they're occupied with something else.
The quickest and best jobs are accomplished when there are no distractions.
7. Make yourself a checklist
Perhaps you might bring your large comforters to the laundromat, bring your drapes and winter coats to the dry cleaners, store your winter clothes and bring your warm-weather clothes out of hiding or check the smoke detectors.
If all of these odd jobs are on a list, you won't forget to do them. Then, try to do at least one or two of these odd jobs per week, throughout spring.
8. Don't forget about the insides
Spring is a great season to organize your closets, cabinets, drawers, bins, boxes, pantry and other inside storage areas.
Give yourself that spring feeling, both inside and out!
9. Enjoy the weather while you're working
Gather your gardening and planting supplies in one place. Replace old and broken tools. Perhaps you might even get a gardening caddie to store your good gardening tools.
Clean the garage. Keep the garage door open while you're doing so, so that you can enjoy the nice weather.
10. Open your windows
While you're at it, let the sun shine in. Open curtains and drapes to give yourself plenty of light for an energy boost.
by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now! http://www.getorganizednow.com FREE Get Organized Now! Idea-Pak and E-zine, filled with tips and ideas to help you organize your home, your office and your life, at the Get Organized Now! Web site.