Well, it’s that time of year again. The birds are chirping, the trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, and it’s time to deep-clean your house from top to bottom. Who came up with this ridiculous idea anyway? I don’t know about you, but spring cleaning makes my self-esteem plummet like a skydiver without a parachute.
If you are like me and work full time, it’s next to impossible to get any more than light cleaning done week to week — vacuuming, dusting, daily dishes — you know the routine. Not only do things pile up at home, they also pile up online.
As I embark upon this year’s conquer-and-clean, submerge-and-purge routine, I’d like to offer some of my spring cleaning tips:
Clean out the closet
Take inventory. If you haven’t worn it in the past year, get rid of it! I’m one of those people who think I will eventually wear something again, even though I haven’t worn it in years. Ask yourself, “If bib-overalls do come back in style, do I really want to wear them again?” The answer is, “No.” It has to go.
Tackle that pile of mail/paperwork
You know the one, the leaning pile that continues to grow with daily mail and other odds and ends. Look through it, decide what’s important and recycle the rest. Such a chore might require a Diet Coke (or a cold beer or glass of wine) to complete. Warm up the shredder and get to work.
Pick a room or a thing
Pick a room, just one room, and clean the heck out of it. And if that’s too much, pick a thing — a window, the oven, the refrigerator, anything, and make it sparkle. I’m going to attack my bathroom like a spider monkey. Which room will you choose?
Clean up your Facebook friends list
Let’s face it, there are plenty of people on your Facebook friend list who are not really friends. I have many “friends” on my list who I’ve only met once, or who I consider acquaintances. If you’re like me, there are some whose posts even drive you insane. It’s time to purge.
Clean out your email inbox
I have more than 4,000 emails in my work inbox and 1,000 more in my personal email. Those numbers may seem small to you, but it drives me nuts. I say, put on your favorite music, get comfy on the couch, open up your computer and start deleting. If you need more direction than that, try these 10 tips for keeping your email inbox clean.
If you accomplish just one of the above tasks, you deserve a pat on the back, a “Way to go” and a “Kudos to you.” Consider your spring cleaning a success!
Let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear about your spring cleaning adventures and other tips you might have.