As winter finally left us behind, we can start to take a nice sigh of relief from the snowstorms and lack of sun. With spring approaching, it is finally that time of the year to try to get our lives back on track. The notion of “spring cleaning” has been around for quite some time. Following the New Year and the holiday season packed with a lot of gift exchanges, sales, and parties, it is seriously a better time than ever to reevaluate your life and get your home back in order.
Of course, this is much easier said than done. There is a whole bunch of stuff you have to sift through and it can be a little overwhelming determining your starting mark. After months of pushing things off or doing a superficial clean, it is likely you have that one room or closet that you absolutely dread opening up.
On top of that, just because the holiday season is over, this doesn’t mean that everything is easy. This is also a very busy time -just in a very different way. This is that time where you get hit with exams or deal with a lot of sales. Plus, there are endless graduations and holidays around the corner.
Managing that takes a lot of effort -but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible or requires superhuman abilities. All you need is a little motivation and a skillful lesson in time management.
You would be amazed to see just how much you can accomplish when you learn how to efficiently use your time.
You may have heard something about Pomodoro (hopefully from reading our previous blog on what is the Pomodoro technique) – and no we aren’t talking about the tomato. This philosophical movement has encapsulated the way in which you can divide up your time between tasks. By presetting time intervals in which you can focus on an allotted task. Scheduling in your break is a great way to limit unexpected risks or temptation to procrastinate.
Now, sure this makes sense in the scheme of being able to get work done. However, does it really work with cleaning? Of course!
All this method does is helps you with your time management. You can use time management for anything from work to fun – and this includes getting chores out of the way. Simply set a timer (or use a fun app like MyTaskPal if you don’t have the patience for resetting it), and adhere to the plan!
This way you clean for, let’s say, 20 minutes. Then you give yourself a 5-minute break (and a longer break every once in a while). This will help you stay in line. You can get a lot more accomplished when you are actually being productive in those short time periods than when you spend hours trying to get things done but are completely distracted.
Spring Cleaning Tips
If you still need some tips to get this done fast – consider the following:
- Work from the inside out – sure it makes things messier up front but try cleaning out your cabinets and drawers before vacuuming or wiping things down. This way all the dust stuck inside will be dealt with when you clean the dust outside.
- If you have a lot of clutter, focus on a handful of items at once. Pick up one item and at the moment and make that your priority. Do not try to clean anything else until you have put away that single item.
- Try to figure out what matters the most right from the start. If you need one room clean before the others – work on it!