It’s the time of the year again! I’m not talking about Christmas and New Year’s coming but making sure our home is tidy. It’s not that our home hasn’t been cleaned the whole year but as someone who have lived her whole life in tropical countries where Spring Season doesn’t come, well, December is my “Spring Cleaning” month.
Same as everyone does when they do “Spring Cleaning”, all that accumulated junk comes out of its shell and assessed if it’s worth keeping or you decide that life would be better off without it. There’s one thing I want to point out during this mission though.
Do not regret seeing the things you've bought that wasn't able to serve its purpose. Simply feel grateful that you're able to purchase that thing and accept that life must go on without it. No feelings of resentment so you get to avoid that negative energy in your life and instead accept much more abundance.
As an avid planner, I know that the only solution to avoid getting overwhelmed is to plan. You’ve got a month to do this cleaning and holiday to celebrate as well. If you’re lucky, you’ll also have some birthday celebrations in between which can make things more exciting.
Oh! I almost got forgot to mention your biggest supporters of keeping your home clean “your kiddos” *wink* are at home the whole time for Christmas School Holidays! With all that, are you almost feeling tired already? Hope not!
This simple guide though can help you get your cleaning easier and make you achieve that tidy home you want before the clock strikes for a new year.
What you’ll need
An open-mind. When it comes do spring cleaning, you need to keep your emotions intact and be open to giving away/ donating things that you don’t need or throwing out away things that’s malfunctioning already and can’t serve its purpose yet you’ve been still holding on at your home. Emotional attachment to material things is common. So don’t fret too much, it takes practice on letting go.
Stick with your plan. When it comes to spring cleaning, it’s easy to get too excited wanting to finish your task. Try to resist this temptation and simply stick to your plan. ONLY do what you have planned to do for that day. This will keep you relaxed, happy and be able to savour your accomplishment for that day, and be motivated to keep going for the next day. This would avoid exhaustion, overwhelmed, and quitting on the task you’ve started.
Get the whole family involved. You may not be getting joyful reaction from your family members especially if you have teenagers but know that this is a rewarding task. As part of the family, nothing is more rewarding than feeling part of it. Yes, that means on fun times and hard times (cleaning/tidying up your home).
Tips to speed cleaning
Stop cleaning one room at a time. Do chores that are connected to each other at a time for the whole house. Perfect example of this are the following:
✨Wiping windows, mirrors then washing curtains(changing curtains), rugs
✨Dusting cupboards, cabinets, then clean floor
✨Wash laundry, dry, organise clothing cabinets. You can also include your linen cabinet when doing this
✨Check pantry and fridge for expired food, clean fridge and cupboard
✨Lastly, as a rule of thumb, whenever you go from one room to the other, bring along with you whatever items you need to return to its correct place. This saves you from going back and forth.
There you have it! I hope this simple tips helps you do your cleaning before the New Year comes! I’m now off to my own home cleaning!
A Blessed Christmas to all! Hope you get inspired with my last article on the Best Christmas gift a Parent can give their children.