What is the history of Spring Cleaning?
Your guess is as good as mine. I did an internet search only to get very conflicting information ranging from preparations for Persian New Year, to two weeks after the Jewish New Year, to near the Chinese New Year… I really was not expecting to find a debate!
So onward to the real topic at hand: Spring Cleaning.
As with any home project, I suggest you schedule the time for it. If it is a priority, you make the time. How much time should you plan on? That is not a simple question to answer, so get out your notepad and lets make some quick figures. Make a list of all the rooms in your house, the cleaning activities that need to happen, and the time you think it will take to complete the tasks. Do this quickly, there will not be a test at the end.
Everyone always thinks it will take less time, and if it does then consider it a bonus, but there is nothing worse than giving yourself time to do a task and then leaving it half done because you did not have time to finish it. Err on the side of caution, and over estimate. When you have your estimate add 30-50% more time. Below is an example of one room:
Living Room Tasks
Time to Complete
So how about managing the whole home project?
Will you dedicate a day or weekend and blitz the whole house at once? Will you break it up into a few Saturday mornings so you do not have to miss out on invites for fun activities? You have to decide what option is best for you, and there are benefits to each. I suggest that if you decide to break up the project over several weekends that you break the house into zones. If you have a multi story, I would do one floor at a time. If it is a ranch style, then maybe split it into sleeping quarters, living quarters and kitchen/baths.
The organizer in me would love to encourage everyone to do a little sorting as you clean. As you remove books or picture frames from shelves to dust, put unwanted items into your donation box. Keep your primary focus on cleaning, but there is no harm in purging the obvious, just don't get hung on on analysis paralysis!
Get your supplies ready ahead of time!
It is really irritating to start a project on the second floor, only to realize that the mop you need is in the basement. Save yourself time, and gather supplies before you start.