Monday, April 13, 2015

SIX STEPS FOR PLANNING YOUR SPRING PROJECTS AND SPRING CLEANING

                                    
 IT'S SPRING CLEANING TIME!

 Spring is the time of plans and projects.   Leo Tolstoy


Do you feel it? The desire to plan and then plant a garden, the urge to tackle the seasonal project of Spring Cleaning, the itch to de-clutter and reorganize, the delight in getting out the Spring colors in your clothing and decor. OK, maybe you're not quite feeling the desire to do the work! But you'd really love to get this stuff done! 

The work part of it can seem overwhelming even if it is something you want to accomplish. But you know how great you will feel when the work is done! Aside from hiring someone to do it all,  one of the best ways to get your Spring plans and projects completed without making it feel like hard work is to break it down into chunks. Do it in stages, a little at a time, over a period of time. If you haven't begun this rite of Spring ( or even if you have ) mapping a plan to complete your Spring projects is a great way to get started. Just having a plan helps you feel better!

SIX STEPS FOR PLANNING YOUR SPRING CLEANING AND SPRING PROJECTS


1) Make a list of areas that need attention

       Washing windows, cleaning curtains and draperies, organizing closets, de-cluttering, yard work etc.

2) Map out a plan to complete all your Spring plans and projects

          Some areas will need more time than others. For example, maybe you need a week to organize your clothes closets and change out your wardrobe but you could complete window washing in one day. Write down the days you plan to complete your list of projects. Spread it out throughout the whole season if necessary. Everything doesn't need to be done at once. 

3) Gather needed tools for projects

            To avoid unnecessary frustration when you begin projects, gather the needed tools and equipment you will need before you begin each project. Nothing is more frustrating that having a plan to begin something and then finding you need to make a run to the hardware store.


4) Get it done!

     No more procrastinating now! It's time to get the job done! Your planning and gathering of tools has given you your period of putting things off for a bit. It's time now to tackle that one chunk that you had planned on doing on that day!


5) Mix in a great attitude, some fun, and simple refreshing extras

          Make sure you begin your projects with a great attitude! Remind yourself of how great you will feel when the job is done! And add a bit of fun to your work! Play some favorite music, sing or whistle while you work, open up the windows and let that fresh Spring air in, have your favorite beverage nearby for a quick sip, light a scented candle to add fragrance to your task. Or do all of the above! Better yet, get some help! You might find a friend or neighbor who you could help in exchange for helping you. Take a day of washing each others windows together. Make it a window washing party!


6) Hire some help if you must

 If you can afford to do it, hire out the jobs that you really hate doing or just don't have time for.  Sometimes you just have to do it! Then you can spend more time on the projects you love to do. Not everybody can do this so if you are not one of them, refer back to steps 1-5.

There, now doesn't that feel better?

If you have any Spring Cleaning tips you'd like to share please leave in the comments section! Thanks!

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