Everyone that does Spring cleaning is ready to jump in feet first and get started. They rush around, try to do too much, and end up burning out and quitting. Today I am discussing the most common Spring cleaning mistakes out there and ways you can avoid them. Your home will be sparkly clean, and you won’t exhaust yourself in the process.
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Previously I talked about what Spring cleaning is, and what it shouldn’t be. This post expands on that by helping you to identify barriers to having a successful Spring cleaning session. So here are some common Spring cleaning mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them.
When you rush through something as important as spring cleaning, you will almost always regret it later. Spring cleaning is a big job, and not the time to rush yourself or anyone else helping. Take your time and make sure you do things right, as this will save you time spent correcting your mistakes later.
And going too fast not only leads to physical fatigue, it can lead to mental fatigue as well. Spring cleaning should be a pleasant experience, and not something you dread. Going too fast can lead to missing something important, or even getting yourself injured because you are in too much in a hurry. Nobody wants that, and I know I don’t because there is no way I want to miss out on outside time!
I know I mentioned above that you should avoid going too fast. But at the same time, too slow isn’t good either. Common Spring cleaning mistakes like this can be avoided with a few simple tricks.
One of the first things to do is grab a blank piece of paper, write down all the rooms in your home, and pick 3 major things you want to accomplish in the first week of Spring cleaning. If you do not stick to at least a basic schedule, you will soon become disheartened when you see no progress.
Next, make a list of the cleaning supplies you need, and have them ready to go before you start cleaning. Nothing is more unmotivating than having to stop what you are doing, and run to the store. Driving somewhere when hot and sweaty is one reason I stop working, and become unmotivated.
Come up with a reward system. Yes, just like a chore chart with a reward in the end. You are more likely to want to finish and reach those goals. Keep yourself motivated however possible, even if it means buying yourself a treat from your favorite store.
Spring cleaning is not the time to act independently of everyone else. If there is any way you can get a helping hand from someone else, be sure to take it.
Motivate all family members to take part, and make lists for each person in the household. If you live alone, see if one or more of your friends will swap time with each other to act as a spring cleaning team, taking turns working through each person’s home.
If you are strapped for time, or you work outside the home, maybe you should discuss getting outside professional help. This doesn’t make you weak, it means that you recognize that you need help and that you can’t do it alone. This may be the most common of Spring cleaning mistakes that you can avoid.
And let’s face it, coming home after a hard day at work to a clean & organized home is very, very satisfying.
As human beings, we tend to make things harder than they to be. We overthink and overcomplicate what should be a normal household event. I know that I am really guilty of doing this. So recognizing this probably the most important of the common Spring cleaning mistakes that can be avoided before you even pick up a cleaning brush.
Stick to the basics and work hard, and you won’t get sidetracked by unnecessary details. Along the same lines, don’t feel you have to buy every fancy, new cleaning scrub, spray, or cleaning contraption to get the job done right. Sometimes it is the tried and true solutions that work the best. Simple=successful.
Spring cleaning is an important time of the year. It’s a good idea to remind yourself why it is so important. A proper spring cleaning will give you a healthier space to live in. Being organized improves your mental health, and gives you clarity you cannot find when you are surrounded by a mess. Because it is so important, you will want to avoid making unnecessary mistakes such as the ones above.