Spring Cleaning Tips

  1. Set a deadline — I want my house to be in order by Labor Day weekend (the unofficial end of summer). So that gives me about four and a half months to get the cleaning done.
  2. Start with one room — My issue is I try to clean up everything all over the house. I get frustrated and tired and make little progress. It’s best to start with one room and only one room at a time. By focusing on one room, all of your energy can be devoted to cleaning that room. Once it’s done, move on to the next room.
  3. Have a plan of attack — Once you have chosen your room, create a plan on how you’re going to clean the room. Are you going to dust the curtains, sweep the floor, or organize furniture? I’m going to start with my living room and get my art stuff in order. So the organization is my first step.
  4. Pace yourself— Don’t rush through each room. It’s important to go through each room carefully and slowly. Of course, don’t go at a snail's pace, but take your time organizing and cleaning. There may be a lot of sorting that needs to happen and you have to be careful that important items aren’t thrown out.
  5. Use a timer— With that said, each day give yourself at least an hour to work on your chosen room. Take short five-minute breaks every fifteen minutes. When the hour is up, that is all for that room for the day. You will see the progress as time passes.

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Shirley is a poet and writer. Ms. Luke enjoys reading, fashion and travel. She is working on a manuscript of her poems and an essay collection.

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Shirley Jones Luke

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Shirley is a poet and writer. Ms. Luke enjoys reading, fashion and travel. She is working on a manuscript of her poems and an essay collection.

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