The words “spring cleaning” can seem a bit daunting coming in May when so many other things are competing for your time. Here are three suggestions to consider:
Pick a room—decide to spring clean your bedroom, family room, or a child’s room.
Pick a particular task—washing, dusting, decluttering, donating, painting, patching, shampooing—you get the gist. If spring cleaning your entire home isn’t in the cards for you, try tackling spot painting, shampooing carpets, decluttering a zone, dusting all wood, washing rugs and curtains, putting away fall and winter clothing, and taking dry-cleaning items to the dry cleaner. There is so much more depending on your situation, but tackling one task can make it seem like spring cleaning came to your home.
Hire someone to do it for you. When my husband and I were cleaning and organizing for clients, we charged by the room or by the hour. Overall, our fee was generally $18.00 an hour, which is very competitive for the area (most cleaners are charging $22-25.00, or have cleaning minimums). Even at $25.00/hr, it may take just 4-5 hours for a cleaner to do basic spring cleaning–and then you’re done for another year. Time to enjoy summer!
First and foremost, give yourself some grace. Do not go into spring cleaning feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or tired. Let’s start with you!
First things first, let’s prioritize. What needs to be done in the next eight hours? What will happen in the next 24 hours?By mid-week, week’s end, mid-month, and month’s end? Take your time and prioritize each task within one of these time frames.
So by now, you have written down what needs to be done in the next 8 hours–so let’s prioritize those things.
Let’s get started!
Remember–focus, allow time for things that come up, unexpected surprises, etc., and allow for the possibility that you may not get everything done in 8 hours. If this is a possibility, sit back down and reprioritize.
Fact-#1 cause of anxiety-there are actually several causes, but the environment and stress are the #1!
Close your eyes.
Take a deep, long breath and then exhale.
Take ten natural breaths.
Take notice of the tension in your body, breathe, and let it go.
#2 Clear Out Your Mind
Where to start?
Stop Multi-tasking—one task at a time and done well. Then move on to the next.
Pick a day a week or 30 minutes a day to address email.
Limit your social media time to blocks of time–maybe use social media time as a reward after a task or daily project is completed.
Write things down: keep track of hourly tasks, reminders, priorities, etc.
Meal planning a day or more before grocery shopping–you have your meals set and you know what you need to buy.
At day’s end, have something in place to help you wind down–meditation, reading, podcasts, TV programs, movies, quiet time, gardening, or a relaxing massage or walk.
My belief for many years, after many years of worrying and loads of anxiety, is that stress doesn’t necessarily come from the decisions that we make or our day-to-day life, but rather from our unreal expectations of ourselves—there are limits (ahem) and decisions that we haven’t made or things that are on our mind that we can’t shake or clear our mind of. How do we deal with this? This has helped me:
Clear the decks (I don’t waste precious time half in or half out of anything). I make decisions and I move on. If I can’t make a decision, I try to weigh out the pros and cons. If that doesn’t help, I mentally place it in a box for later–no obsessing or dwelling.
Live in the middle (this takes practice). I don’t expect a lot from myself on a daily basis, or even a little. I anticipate a moderate.Some days I do better, other days I do less. Either way, stuff gets done, and I end my days without being disappointed in myself.