Let's face it. Spring cleaning is a drag. Regular cleaning is a drag, but the kind that requires a real commitment beyond your basic vacuuming and dusting on Saturday morning? Ugh.
But here's the thing: It's gotta get done. You don't want to look up one day and realize it's July and you still haven't tackled those tasks, however unpleasant they might be. These tips will make it easy.
And when we say, "Enlist help," we mean, "Get the kids involved."
And when we say, "Get the kids involved," we mean, "Break out the bribes and/or threats."
Spring cleaning should be a family affair, and kids of any age can help. There's a pretty good overview of age-appropriate chores here, but you know your children, so feel free to go off book.
Dance it out
Because everything is better with music. This mix is a pretty good sampling of current Top 40 hits, but POPSUGAR's Cleaning Playlist, filled with Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, and even Queen, is our current go-to.
"Some great music can help pass the time and even make cleaning fun," they said. "Blast these upbeat ditties in the background of your next tidying task, and it'll be over before you know it!"
Do the twist
Your dancing feet also come in handy when it comes to cleaning the floor. Two words: Mop. Slippers. How will anyone in the family be able to say no to cleaning the floors with these on their feet?
Set a timer
Ten minutes of whirlwind activity doesn't sound so bad, right? If you just can't fathom an entire day - or weekend - of cleaning, build short bursts into your day and GO HARD until the timer sounds. You'll be surprised how productive you can be in such a short time.
Make a Schedule
Staying focused is a challenge when you're not enjoying your activity. Whether you write it on a white board, print out calendar pages, or make shirts for everyone in the family with their specific tasks written on them (We're totally doing this!), making a plan and a schedule is a great first step. "Scope out your home: What areas need the most work? Where do you skip during routine cleaning? Those are the best places to start," said Sylvane. "Regardless of where you start, having a plan for when you're tackling each room will keep you focused on the task at hand."
Get rid of your stuff a little at a time
Getting everything in your house spic ‘n span is great, but the real challenge is going beyond the cleaning to achieve clean-out status. Of course, that's easier said than done, especially for those of us who have an attachment to our things.
Do a sweep of the house for things in plain sight that can be trashed, given away, or sold. If you love EVERY SINGLE THING IN YOUR HOME, think about it this way: Decluttering can actually lower your stress level. Science proves it!
Now get into those closets. If you can only get rid of a few items or one bag at a time, give yourself credit for whatever progress you've made and then make a plan to go at it again next week or even next month. Spring lasts an entire season, after all!
Protect your family
When is the last time you had your dryer vent checked? If the answer is, "Not sure," or "Never," it's probably a good time to make that call. You could also DIY this, BTW, but that's not very no fuss.
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