Today is the first day of spring! The days are longer, flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up. I love spring!
What I don’t love is spring cleaning. Don’t get me wrong, I love having a clean home. Nothing is better for me than to relax with a nice glass of wine in my clean house after a long day.
When I think of spring cleaning I get overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. Then I spend the day jumping from one chore to the next, because I have cleaning ADD. For example I’ll be wiping of the kitchen counters and putting things away, and think “oh this would be a great time for me to clean out the cabinets”. So I’ll stop the counters and start the cabinets and then I’ll get distracted by something else which only perpetuates the cycle of starting and stopping cleaning projects mid way through.
Then there is my husband, while he is willing to help me clean (most of the time). He’s never sure on what actually needs to be done. If it’s not vacuuming or laundry he is lost. So when he helps it usually involves him asking me what he needs to do next. Which only distracts me further from whatever task I am currently on.
Cleaning the house use to be a very frustrating and drawn out process for the both of us. I say use to, because I found this great house cleaning flow chart on Pintrest (I knew spending all that time on there would be useful one day). That has changed the game when it come to cleaning in my house.
What I love about it, is it tackles every room in your house and even laundry. It breaks it down into approachable individual tasks that I complete one at time before moving on to the next item. Which allows me to focus on one chore at a time. It’s like a cleaning road map.
Secondly it’s a check list, and oh man do I love a good check list. So every time Cory or I finish a task with get the satisfying gratification of checking an item off the list before moving on to the next task. With every little check mark I feel that much closer to clean home bliss.
Thirdly Cory and I can divide and conquer, he can see what he needs to get done without having to ask me. We both know the house is done when everything on the list is checked off.
Finally once you reach the end of the chart, the last tasks on the list is to have a celebratory drink! Which is just the incentive I need to push through a day of spring cleaning.
I shared this chart with a friend of mine, and thought it would good to share with all of you too. If you’re thinking about spring cleaning this weekend, or in the next few weeks. This chart is a great tool to help stay focused and on task.
P.S. If you do end up using the chart leave a comment telling me what your celebratory drink was.