So you think you don’t have any time to do any deep Spring Cleaning this April?
I’ve got the solution to making that whole house cleaning easier. Scheduling. You won’t even have to take time off of work to get it done! The key is to make your calendar work for you. Using my Spring Cleaning Checklists you will be able to break this monster task down over the course of one month with little disruption to your regular life.
The first step to scheduling your successful Spring Cleaning is to pick a place to start. Start either at the front of the house and work back or start at the back of the house and work forward. If you are lacking motivation to get started pick the easiest room. This is the one room when you look at it seems like you can tackle it with no hassle. You’ll want to do this because it will give you a win and a sense of accomplishment to start that momentum for the harder tasks. Why not check a room off early on! For me this is the living room. It just so happens it is at the front of my house, too. So I’ll start at the front of the house and work back.
- Starting from the first room you choose (this is how my house is set up). Use your calendar or scheduling system of choice to plan the room order:
- Living Room
- Dining Room
- Laundry Room
- Forecast/Approximate how long each of these tasks will take in days. Here is a general idea of the time it will take me. Depending on how big your house is or the priorities that you’ve assigned this may vary. Remember this is just to get an idea of how many days you will be cleaning. It may seem crazy to forecast out 2 days for the bathroom but I’m planning on doing this in small blocks of time. I can realistically clean the bathroom in one hour but I want a bit of wiggle room for the whole house. So if I decide to take a Saturday and just clean the bathroom in that hour… I’ll have more time for other rooms. Like the kitchen. Which is a bigger process.
- Living Room – 3 days
- Dining Room – 3 days
- Bedroom – 2 days
- Bathroom – 1 to 2 days
- Bedroom – 2 days
- Kitchen – 7 days
- Laundry Room – 3 to 4 days
- Outside – 2 to 3 days
Total of 26 Days
- Next start with room number one. I will be starting with the Living Room. I will schedule in the first 3 days on my calendar for April that I will be cleaning the Living Room.
Here is where you can be strategic. If a certain day is super hectic, don’t schedule any cleaning on that day. Thursday’s are crazy because of work or other engagements? Skip Thursday’s. Saturday’s are great for getting a lot done? Plan to do more on that day.
- Continue on scheduling each room on your calendar. Keep in mind this is just an idea of how long it will take.
- Assemble your Spring Cleaning Kit. For the blog post on the Spring Cleaning Kit click here.
- Prioritize: Using the Spring Cleaning Checklists, prioritize the 3 most important things you want done in the first room you are working on. Do those first. Utilize a timer for 15 to 30 minutes if you don’t have a lot of time. A little bit of time spent on Spring Cleaning adds up.
- Work your plan. Make sure you pick one room at a time. Work in that room only. You will utilize your Spring Cleaning Kit here to ensure you are not roaming around to other rooms.
- When you are done with one room you will go grab the Spring Cleaning Checklist for the next room (for me it will be the dining room). Determine your top 3 priorities. Then work the plan. Continue on till you have the whole house clean!
- Celebrate! Enjoy a cup of coffee a pedicure or just the clean fresh air of your house! Nice Job!