Sherry Tyra: It's time to throw open the windows, let the fresh air in and clean, clean, clean. I am sure you hate spring cleaning as much as I do. Well, I am going to show you some easy tips and tricks that are sure to make seasonal cleaning chores less painful.
First, start out with a plan. Jot down the list of task that you hope to accomplish. Be realistic when assigning yourself work. A written plan will keep you on track. Tackle your least desirable chore first. Once it's done and out of the way, you'll have a great sense of accomplishment which will help to keep you motivated.
Decluttering before cleaning is a must. Find ways to organize. Magazine boxes will categorize all those old periodicals. File boxes are a great way for storing last year's essential papers. If possible, scan important documents, store them digitally, and shred your paper copies. Just make sure that you back up your files.
Clean from top to bottom. Start with ceiling fixtures and fans. Then move to the walls, the blinds, draperies, and windows. Focus on floors last. Put on music, lose yourself at a fun and funky beat, and before you know it, the task at hand will be done.
Air can become stale and stagnant. Open the windows and let fresh healthy air into home. Involve the kids, make it a family project. Do a chore chart and offer rewards for completed tasks. And most importantly, reward yourself; you've worked hard. Before you know it, your home will be clean and fresh as a daisy. Happy spring!