May 18, 2011 9:49 am
By Barbara Pronin, RISMedia Columnist
RISMEDIA, May 18, 2011-Nobody knows for sure why the coming of spring puts us in house-cleaning mode. But whether it's because we think new beginnings should be clean, or simply because our mothers always did it, most of approach the spring season with good intentions-at least, about sprucing up the place where we live.
It doesn't have to be an onerous chore, say the efficiency experts at Woman'sDay.com, who advise beginning your spring cleaning chores with the job you hate most. "Make the most of your resolve and energy to clean out the fireplace, scrub the toilets, or whatever it is you really hate doing," the website recommends.
Having done that, they add, pat yourself on the back and proceed while you still feel proud of yourself. More tips for easing the pain of spring cleaning:
Attack one room at a time Nothing can kill your resolve faster than taking on too much in a day or a weekend. Reserve one day a week for the next few weeks to clean one room at a time.
Start in the kitchen with the fridge Discover what's lurking at the back of each shelf and throw out anything spoiled, out of date or simply suspect. Then wipe down each shelf and compartment with anti-bacterial spray. That may put you in the mood to check what's in your cupboards. Next, attack the oven, the counters and the floor, and wind up feeling tired but smug.
Clear out family room clutter The living or family room tend to attract a wealth of assorted "stuff." Get rid of outdated magazines, put away those stacks of CDs, games and videos. Once the clutter is gone, you may be amazed at how much more space you have, and ready to dust, polish and vacuum-and check the drapes or blinds to see if they need professional cleaning.
Try the four box solution At this point, set up four boxes in the garage labeled, Trash, Give Away/Sell, Storage and Put Away. As you go through each room, toss the clutter into appropriate boxes. When the house is clean, you will know what to do with the contents of each box!
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