Sick of Winter? Bring it on – Spring Cleaning!

I’m am so over winter, it’s ridiculous. Are you?  My winter protest has ceremoniously begun.  Out with the boots and on with my sandals.  Even if I have to put socks on with my sandals while looking like a total nerd – I’m done.   I don’t care what happens from now until April, my feet are suffocating and so is my brain – enough suffering.  I’m officially in 24/7 pedicure mode.  I’d rather have frost bite on my feet than schlep around in my boots for one more day. You think I’m kidding?.  I don’t joke about his kind of stuff, it’s way to serious. Now that my feet can breathe I’m ready to jump into my favorite catharsis- Spring Cleaning!  Not only does spring cleaning detox my house, it clears my head and burns calories.  Heavy cleaning is an exercise in balance, strength and flexibility – a full body workout.

Spring Cleaning is fun and burns calories, possibly  tons of calories, especially if you start throwing out the entire house. This event terrifies my husband.  Imagine, the sweeping, the washing, the mopping,  the vacuuming, the emptying of closets and drawers, jumping on and off the step stool, the rearranging of furnishings, the unloading of junk and discarding of tired clothing.  Time to stop groaning and think about where to start.  There are a lot of small things you can do that can go a long way to brighten up your home after a long winter, and hopefully these tips will help to motivate you!

Start small and go for the big wins first. You don’t have to conquer the world in one day, or clean your home for that matter. Make a list of what you’d like to see done, then plan for an hour a day to work on one of the items on your list…( this would be practical).  Of course, if you’re at all like me you’ll unexpectedly enter into a whirlwind of household purging at 7:00 am Monday and finish the job sometime on Wednesday. Spick- and – Span, you’re ready for spring!

Here is a clean plan of attack:

Wash the floor mats to get rid of the grime from winter boots and the spills they’ve been collecting. It doesn’t take long but it makes a big difference. Check the wash water to see just how much dirt those mats have been harbouring, if you really care.

Grab a pail and wash the kitchen floor and then do some spot cleaning of the walls to get rid of handprints or smudges.

Pick an evening and clean the mirrors in your home. It won’t take long, but your mirrors will be shining when you’re done. Don’t forget to also clean the tv’s and computer screens.

Wash the windows in the kitchen so you can see the buds coming out on the trees when you’re cooking. Then continue to the living room windows if you have the time.

Pick a closet to sort through, toss out and box up. Reorganize what’s left.  If you finish before you expect, you now have some bonus time!!!

Clean out the fridge and get rid of anything not quite edible, wiping down the shelves as you go. Then take pleasure in filling it with some of your favourite foods!

Want to spend some time outside enjoying the sunshine? Grab a hose and an extendable squeegee and wash the windows outside. You get clean windows and some fresh air.

Refresh your wood furniture and cupboards with some furniture polish or other wood product. You’ll get rid of some dust and keep your furniture looking good.

Wash the blankets and throws on your bed and in the rest of your home. Not only will the colours be brighter, but they will smell fresher, especially if you’re planning to hang them up outside to dry. Just make sure to follow the cleaning instructions on each item!

Vacuum everywhere, including under the furniture and in the corners… getting rid of the dust collecting in the carpet will not only make your home look cleaner, it will also improve your health by getting rid of dust mites.

I think you get the idea…

Every time you finish something on your list, take pride in crossing it out. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be the dreaded chore it sounds like when it’s broken out into manageable pieces. Set achievable goals and you’ll be done in no time. Now for the most important part, remember to reward yourself after each milestone… grab some dark hot chocolate or your favorite tea and go for a walk with your dog or girlfriend, take a long hot bath in your freshly cleaned tub, or put up your feet and watch a movie. Everything in moderation, including cleaning.

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  1. Another crazy cleaner like me! :) It really is such a great feeling when you clear the clutter out of your house (and mind)!

  2. This article could have been written by me. Every year by mid-Feb. I get sick of winter and start the spring cleaning thing. I clean one room in my house thoroughly each week. By the time the weather is nice in Michigan my house is clean, purged and organized. You also get alot of extra exercise in during the process. Bravo Al!

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