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10 Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips

Along with Spring comes thoughts of crisp, fresh air, newly
budding flowers, singing birds and a sense of renewal.
Getting organized and doing a bit of spring cleaning, helps
to bring that wonderful fresh feeling into your home and
office.

Here are 10 tips to help you start the season off right.

1. ASSIGN YOURSELF A DIFFERENT TASK FOR EACH DAY.
Make yourself a schedule that is comprised of one hour and
one task each day. Your schedule may look something like
this:

Monday: Decluttering
Tuesday: Dusting
Wednesday: Vacuuming
Thursday: Scrubbing
Friday: Organizing and Rearranging
Saturday: Laundering
Sunday: Decorating

Then, spend one hour each day doing your assigned task for
each room, throughout your house. You'll be amazed at the
difference you can make in your home by following this
simple system.

2. USE THE PROPER TOOLS.
When cleaning and organizing, it's important to use tools
that help you get the job done as quickly as possible.

For instance, there are now dusting clothes that allow you
to dust quickly and easily, without any additional sprays.
Just dust and be done with it.

Rubber gloves will help you deep clean, without drying out
your hands, exposing them to harsh chemicals, or burning
them in hot water.

Racks can hold mops, brooms and other cleaning supplies in
one organized place, rather then storing them loose and
having them constantly tip over.

An apron with lots of pockets, can help you transport
cleaning products from room to room easily, so you don't
have to keep running back and forth to get what you need.

3. BE RUTHLESS WHEN IT COMES TO DECLUTTERING.
If you don't love it, and/or you don't use it, it's
clutter. It's the perfect time to embrace the Feng Shui art
of uncluttered living. Feng Shui teaches that if energy can
easily flow through a room, your life will be more
harmonious and happy--and clutter is an obstacle to
reaching this relaxed and calm state.

Make it a quest of yours to be ruthless when it comes to
your decluttering efforts. You'll have less to dust, less
clutter to look it, an easier time finding the things you
do use and less stress in your life.

4. DONATE OR SELL THE THINGS YOU DON'T USE.
If you have items that you don't use, but are in good
condition, they are prime candidates to sell or donate.
Gather all of these items together in boxes or plastic
bags.

Then, decide whether you would prefer to donate them or
sell them.

If you choose to donate, consider giving them to your local
Salvation Army, or perhaps even a shelter or orphanage in
town. Many of these organizations will even pick up your
donations for you.

If you choose to sell, you might set a date for a yard
sale. Or, take some photos of these items with your digital
camera, and put them up for sale at an online auction Web
site.

5. MAKE YOUR SPRING CLEANING AND ORGANIZING FUN.
Don't think of it as a chore. Instead, think of it as a
'feel good' exercise--one that will really help you to feel
good about yourself and your clean and organized
environment.

Play some lively, fun, upbeat music. Dance your way through
your home or office with your dust rag or vacuum.

Get the family involved. Give everyone a task, and then do
something relaxing afterwards, like watching a movie
together or going to the park for a walk.

Set timers and play 'beat the clock.' Give yourself time
limits for completing small tasks, and try to complete
those tasks before the timer goes off.

Ask a friend to help, or do a swap. You clean her living
room if she'll clean your kitchen.

6. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS.
Turn off the TV while you're cleaning and organizing, and
let your answering machine field your calls.

If a friend stops by while you're working, simply tell
him/her that you've scheduled this time for spring
cleaning. He or she is free to stay, as long as you could
continue working. Perhaps, you might even get some help. If
not, tell your friend you'll stop by his or her house later
on when you're done.

If you have kids, give them their own jobs to do, or at
minimum, be sure they're occupied with something else.

The quickest and best jobs are accomplished when there are
no distractions.

7. MAKE YOURSELF A CHECKLIST.
Make a checklist of all springtime jobs that you only do
once or twice a year.

Perhaps you might bring your large comforters to the
laundromat, bring your drapes, and winter coats, to the dry
cleaners, store your winter clothes and bring your warm-
weather clothes out of hiding or check the smoke detectors.

If all of these odd jobs are on a list, you won't forget to
do them. Then, try to do at least one or two of these odd
jobs per week, throughout spring.

8. DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE INSIDES.
It's important to clean and organize things that are in
sight all of the time. But, it's also important to
remember those items that are out of sight.

Spring is a great season to organize your closets,
cabinets, drawers, bins, boxes, pantry and other inside
storage areas.

Give yourself that spring feeling, both inside and out!

9. ENJOY THE WEATHER WHILE YOUR WORKING.
Do some outside organizing and yard work, so you can be
accomplishing something, but also enjoying the nice weather
at the same time.

Gather your gardening and planting supplies in one place.
Replace old and broken tools. Perhaps you might even get a
gardening caddie to store your good gardening tools.

Clean the garage. Keep the garage door open while you're
doing so, so that you can enjoy the nice weather.

10. OPEN YOUR WINDOWS.
There's nothing like taking in a breath of fresh air. As
you're cleaning, open the windows. You'll be removing musty
winter odors, protecting yourself from inhaling harsh fumes
from cleaning products and the fresh air will keep you
going.

While you're at it, let the sun shine in. Open curtains and
drapes to give yourself plenty of light, for an energy
boost.

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by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now!
http://www.getorganizednow.com

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Submitted by: Maria Gracia *

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