It’s been rather cold, snowy, and windy here where I live lately, and I am SO ready for spring, so I thought it would be a great time to talk about spring cleaning. Maybe if we start our spring cleaning, then spring weather will come, right? Here’s the thing, though. I’m not actually that great about consistently spring cleaning.
Am I the only one?
I wish I could say that I don’t do much spring cleaning because I keep up with it all throughout the year, but that’s not entirely true. 😂I wish I kept up with the serious, deep cleaning year round, but the reality is that I don’t. As such I think it would be a tad unrealistic for me to take on an ambitious, full house, top to bottom spring cleaning. I could set such goals, but if I’m being honest with myself, I know it wouldn’t happen.
Instead, I’m doing my own simplified version of spring cleaning, and I’d like to invite you to join me.
Of course, I’ve even put together a fun, spring cleaning printable to help us. You can download it by clicking the image below, and then keep reading to see how to use it.
Here’s how I use this 2-page printable set. It’s a bit unique, but it works well for me.
First, I’m using the first page to brain dump all the different spring cleaning projects I’d like to tackle. This will be different for everyone but I’m including anything from a reorganizing project (small or big), rotating out seasonal or outgrown clothes for the kids, and, of course, actual deep cleaning things like washing windows. At this point I have an overwhelming list of spring cleaning tasks, but here’s where it gets good.
Next, I rate each item on the “relief factor” and the “time factor.” (Yes, I totally made this all up.) On a scale of 1 to 5, I rank how relieved I’ll feel when that item is complete – 1 being most relieved and 5 being least relieved. For example, reorganizing my kitchen utensil drawer will give me a lot of relief because I use it and see it daily and it’s a pretty big mess right now.
Next, also on a scale of 1 to 5, I rank how long each task will take. Here’s how I rank:
- 1 – 15 mins or less
- 2 – 15 to 30 mins
- 3 – 1 hour
- 4 – 2 hours
- 5 – more than 2 hours
In the sum column, I add the two scores together, and then I rank them from lowest score to highest score.
This may sound a tad complicated, but it literally only takes a few minutes.
I rewrite the tasks in the correct order on the next page, and I will mark them off as I complete them. This helps give a good order to complete the tasks.
In this way, I’m starting with the things that will give me the most relief and take the least amount of time working up to the things that only provide minor relief and take a long time. In reality, I probably won’t go in perfect order, but it will at least give me a good guideline and will help me build momentum. Also, it will likely take me at least the entire spring to finish the whole list. That’s okay – there’s no rush. It’s about making steady progress.
I hope this system helps you.
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