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Creating spring cleaning checklists are something that can get a little dull, but in the long run, they can help keep the spring cleaning process organized and productive. This is especially true of projects that can take more than a couple days.

When preparing a list of tasks for completion, you want to categorize your projects.  Then attack each one with a thorough and complete approach, meeting milestones that demonstrate visible progress that motivates you for the next part of the greater spring cleaning project.

Spring cleaning checklist: small victories lead to big ones

When taking on a big job like a top-to-bottom spring clean, small victories are what you’re after. When you feel like you’re making progress, like you’re actually gaining ground, winning the war against clutter and  uncleanliness doesn’t seem so unlikely. A checklist for each micro-project can really help you to gain the vital momentum you need to win each battle, and to see the progress you need to see.

Here’s one example of how to break down a task into digestible steps:

Spring cleaning checklist: the windows

  • Take down all draperies.
  • Send them to the cleaners, or prepare them for the wash.
  • Take note of any fraying, and mend (or have mended) as needed.
  • Dust the blinds. Either take them down, as in the case of vinyl blinds, and hose them down; or use a nice duster that made for this type of work.
  • Vacuum out the window track and clean out debris that can cause allergies and looks unpleasant. Check to make sure that the window opens and closes properly by adding a lubricant if needed. Double-check the locks to make sure they are latching properly.
  • Dust the windowsill area and make sure there are no cracks that need to have caulking applied.
  • Clean the window with regular window cleaner and newspaper. The newspaper will give the glass a nice shine and coat it so that dust will not stick to it later on.

Following a methodical,  step-by-step process like this for each minor spring cleaning job will ensure that the home is cleaned in a thorough manner overall.  But, it’s also a way you can feel that important sense of accomplishment, too.

Plan on this process to take a few days or weekends. Remember, spring cleaning can take time. Remember  too, that you’re in charge, and you get to decide how long your process should take.

Spring cleaning checklist: the ‘Is It A Keeper?’ test

Eliminating clutter can free up space in the home, and for some, allow for newer replacements to be brought in. This is true of clothing, old dishes, towels, books and old videos. These are things that can contribute to the stuffy house smell, and by getting rid of them, you are not only freeing up space, but also freshening the air. Here is a basic checklist to determine if things stay or go.

  • This item has not been worn or used in two seasons
  • the item does not fit, has been outgrown, and never really liked.
  • the item is large and cumbersome, takes up room that could be used for other things, and it is not likely it will be needed in the future.
  • This item is used a lot but it is falling apart and cannot be repaired.

Enjoy throwing out or donate items that fail the test. Think of this process as a way of reclaiming your space from the forces of clutter. It’s  a great way to freshen up, renew and replace things that will make your home perfect and ready for spring.

Making checklists help save time and emotional strain

Emotions play a huge part in a major spring clean. Taking the time for creating checklists can eliminate the possibility of feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Checklists can help to lend perspective to a project, reducing a job that looks like climbing Mount Everest into one that you can actually visualize as being attainable. The reward is less stress, a cleaner home, and more space.

Again, by breaking down each specific area of your home, you will gain a sense of accomplishment as each tier of the larger project is completed.  Everyone needs to see that milestones have been reached. That’s a big part of the emotional engine that drives you forward in transforming and reclaiming your space.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.