Spring Cleaning Don’ts: Five things you should not do when spring cleaning your home.

Posted: October 1, 2012 in Uncategorized
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    1. Don’t start without a plan. On the day you decide to do some cleaning, you should wake up knowing exactly what you’re going to do. You should have a list of the cleaning tasks you plan to complete, the time you think each task will take, and an idea of success. In other words, if you have two hours to devote to spring cleaning a space today, the tasks on your cleaning checklist should go beyond your designated two hours. Also important is knowing your idea of success: once you complete your cleaning tasks, what do you expect the space to look like when you’re done. Achieving your idea of success motivates you to move forward know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
    2. Get help. If you don’t live by yourself don’t do it all by yourself. You might think that it is easier to get things done when no one else is in the way, especially if they don’t do the cleaning as well as you like. This may be true, however, if you had help in creating a mess and you cleaned up all by yourself – maintaining the newly cleaned space will be difficult. This is because no one else will appreciate the effort it took to get to that point. They won’t feel the need to defend the space from returning to its former state. They won’t feel the need to avoid – as long as possible – having to go through the cleaning process again all to soon. This is what you want, a household of people defending their home against clutter, dirt, and disorganization.
    3. Don’t let others use your home as a storage facility – not even you. If the kids have grownup and moved out or other former household guest, especially if they have homes of their own – call them for their stuff. In the case of kids these could be their childhood treasures which you or they could not get rid off. Reclaim your space!
    1. Don’t think you can spring clean the entire house in one weekend. A very bad idea would be to turn over the entire house in a race to finish your spring cleaning by Sunday night after starting on Saturday morning. First of all, if you don’t finish this will add to your frustration especially now since you have to live with it until you find more time to continue your cleaning.
  1. When cleaning one mess don’t make another one elsewhere. Very important. Remember my run-in with the closet. Be sure that when you’re cleaning one space that you are not just moving stuff from one room to another. In the end, this will be like cleaning up the same mess over and over again. Big time waster!

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