The following post is from Becky of Clean Mama:
After all the hard work that goes into spring cleaning, it can seem pointless when things return to normal and the mess and clutter return. Before you complete your spring cleaning this year, put a couple ideas and systems in place to hold on to that spring cleaned feeling a little longer.
1. Keep up your cleaning routine. Doing a little something everyday will help to keep things neat and tidy during the week, leaving your weekends open for fun stuff. If you need help starting a cleaning routine, I have a free cleaning routine calendar printable that I give away every month. You can find April’s cleaning calendar here.
2. Set up a donation bin, basket, or bag somewhere in your house so you aren’t letting unwanted things pile up again. Old habits creep back in easily – set up a system to keep them at bay.
3. Open your windows. Even if it’s just a little bit to let the spring air seep in. As soon as it’s warm enough to throw the windows open don’t you just feel like spring has arrived?
4. Add a little green. Whether it’s a little bouquet of daffodils or a small potted plant, a little green inside helps to brighten up any space. I love picking up a little grocery store bouquet when i do my weekend shopping – toss it in a vase and it’s an instant mood lifter.
5. Reward yourself. Buy something little that will keep you motivated to maintain some of your trouble spots. Maybe a cute little dish to keep your keys in or a new basket for your outgoing mail.
6. Keep your cleaning supplies handy. Set up a cleaning caddy in your bathrooms or corral your cleaning supplies in one place. Keeping your cleaning supplies handy will make it easier to do a little quick clean up before any messes get out of hand.
7. Put things away after you’re done with them. It’s easy, but hard to get in the habit of doing. Encourage your family to do this and model it by doing it yourself too.
What would you add to the list? Any ideas for keeping that spring cleaned feeling?
|Becky is a self-proclaimed clean freak and list maker. She is a work-at-home mom to three little ones, and in her spare time she enjoys sharing her cleaning and organizing tricks and tips on her blog, Clean Mama and through her Etsy Shop, Clean Mama Printables.|