April 13, 2015

Reader question – Jumpstart Your Spring Cleaning Routine

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I can’t believe it’s mid-April already! While some people start spring cleaning in February, others are still contemplating how to get motivated to clean before next spring rolls around. A reader who dreads the process wants to know how to begin.

I suggest you think about what is really important to you. You don’t have to scour your house from top to bottom just because the calendar says it’s spring. In fact, if you spread heavy cleaning tasks throughout the year, you might not find it so burdensome.

Make a list of tasks you want to accomplish and decide who will do them. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Consider bartering if you enjoy weeding but really dislike cleaning windows, for example. Try a neighborhood online chat or a local bulletin board at your library or coffee shop. Or ask a teenage neighbor who would like to earn a little extra money.

You could hire someone to prepare your flower beds or vegetable garden so you can get right to planting. Or you might want to pay someone to wash your windows and siding or clean your gutters.

Don’t punish yourself because you just aren’t that into cleaning. Set goals, break them up into steps and schedule them on your calendar. Know your limitations, do what you can and ask for help.

Which spring cleaning job do you least look forward to?
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