Spring is here, although it definitely doesn’t feel like it. The winter temps seem like they’re here to stay but, sooner rather than later, the weather is going to be getting warmer, and that can only mean one thing… spring cleaning. This can seem like a daunting task in the shadow of the beautiful, blossoming season that will soon be engulfing us, but fear no more! Here’s some things that I’ve found to make spring cleaning (or any cleaning, really) a little bit more bearable.
1. Have something good to listen to, like audiobooks.
No one wants to clean in silence. Start meeting your 2018 book goal by listening to a new audiobook. I find that audiobooks, especially since they’re stories, help time fly for me. I listen to them whenever I’m going to be doing something I hate (i.e. driving) and they make it so much more bearable. My favorite audiobook app right now is Audible. You can get your first month (and book) for free on their website. My next read (or… uh… listen) is Laura & Emma, one of the top books of 2018 so far.
2. Buy new cleaning supplies.
I feel the same way about cleaning supplies as I do about school supplies… they make me super excited. As my friend Timothy said on Twitter:
Buying new supplies can motivate you to actually clean. Get a new scent. Try out a new brand. Do something different. I recently gave Seventh Generation a try, and love their wet wipes and surface cleaner (plus it’s organic and eco-friendly!).
3. Make it a “date.”
I know that “cleaning” and “date” are two terms that we don’t often associate together, but make it a date for yourself! Build up the excitement for your day/weekend/week of cleaning. Make all sorts of plans of what you want to do and how you’re going to do it. Treat it like a date. My favorite cleaning hack is a little vain, but I’ve found that it makes cleaning all the much better for me: I get dolled up to clean. I don’t stay in my PJ’s. I do my makeup (even if it’s just a little bit) and I style my hair back in a bandana. If I look good, I feel good, and if I feel good, I’m more motivated to get stuff done.
4. Come up with a reward for yourself.
Spring is all about new things and new beginnings. Make your spring cleaning an even bigger ordeal by rewarding yourself with a new piece of furniture (get it from IKEA or up-cycle something) or wall décor. My suggestion would be to tie your reward back into your cleaning — do something that you would only do if your house was spotless (i.e. rearrange your living room furniture).
5. Bag up a bunch of sh*t to give away.
I find that when my cleaning or decluttering is fueled by bagging up things for Goodwill, I’m more motivated to clean. This isn’t necessarily because I’m doing a good deed (at least I’m admitting it), but because it means I can just throw everything into a tub or bag without spending too much time thinking or looking over it. It makes decluttering quicker. Of course, make sure you pay attention to what you’re giving away!
6. Try to make some cash!
If you don’t think you could use some extra cash, you’re lying to yourself. Of course, yard sales are always a go-to, but fortunately we’re living in an Internet age, so we don’t have to fuss over foldable tables and bad weather. Make a Facebook group to sell your old things, post in Facebook Marketplace, sell things on Ebay, make some cash on your name brand and designer items on Poshmark. During my most recent clean, I came across a bunch of my old Harry Potter collectibles. While I’m very fond of them, they’re just gathering dust, and in perfect condition. I’ll be posting them on Ebay soon!
7. Make a cleaning pact with your friends.
Gather up a few close friends (only a few) and make a cleaning pact together… because tasks like cleaning are always better done with other people! Within your group, make a pact to pitch in and help clean everyone’s houses. You’ll more than likely put in the same amount of effort that you would to clean your own place, but you’re helping out your friends and enjoying their company while doing it.
Spring cleaning can be daunting, but that’s why I try to find ways to make it fun and exciting. Embrace it like you do the season, as something fresh, new, and full of fun. What are your favorite ways to kick-start spring cleaning? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
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