Spring into clean

cartoonThis week is National Spring Cleaning Week.  I realize you’re probably not ready to pop the cork on champagne unless you’re Martha Stewart, but  today is good day to begin.  It’s wet and rainy, so we can’t do much else in my neck of the woods.

It’s just so blame hard getting started.  I guess that’s why I’m penning this post – it serves as a great procrastination tool and perhaps my meanderings will dredge up some inspiration from the right side of my brain.

spring clean Look at it this way: You can’t control every part of your life, but you do have power over how organized you are, and it’s satisfying to have a place where you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Time to stop groaning and think about where to start.  There are a lot of small things you can do that can go a long way to brightening up your home after a long winter, and I’ve come up with a few powerful tips to motivate you (and me, I hope).

1) The Amazing Race scenario: 100 items and you’re done.
Whenever you are picking up socks or taking out the garbage. Count and shout the number of task you have done. An example – You are picking up socks, shout “ONE!”
Then straight away do the garbage and shout “TWO!”

The rule is you must not stop unless you have done 100. I’m getting excited even writing about it

2) Soundtrack Yourself
Burn a cd of songs that you really like. Play it while you’re cleaning. You can sing to it, you can even dance to it, but promise yourself that there will be no repeat for the playlist. I’m going with Keb Mo, my absolute favorite blues singer.  .

3) Attack The Giant First
Just like in war, we need constant motivation through out the war. In this war for cleanliness, it is recommended that you do the bigger thing first. For me that would be cleaning out the refrigerator then moving the heavy furniture. This is a great time to rearrange your furniture.  That always forces me to clean under things. Do the hard things first and the rest will be a piece of cake.

5) High School Friends Visiting Scenario
This is quite effective. I noticed that I can clean the house faster and better when I keep convincing myself that old chums are coming to town. I certainly don’t want them to see what a slob I’ve become. You can also use your in-laws for this scenario – picture your mother-in-law turning up her nose at the finger prints on the door frame and get rid of them!

6) The One-Minute Rule
This rule is actually proposed by Gretchen from The Happiness Project. According to the rule, anything that you can do in one minute time, should be done immediately. No question asked. For example, you come back after work and you see an umbrella misplaced. You can of course choose to ignore it and do other thing. But if you are applying the one minute rule, you will pick up the umbrella and put it to its rightful place. Why? Because it will only take you less than a minute to do that.

So, I’m going to go for the big wins first.  My coffee pot actually helped me out this morning.  It regurgitated all over the counter so I’m about to move every single item off my counter tops and scrub them till they shine.

Then I will take a nap.

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