The best thing about schedules is that once they’re implemented, they become routine. And when it comes to cleaning, making it routine is half the battle.

A secret to creating a doable, workable cleaning schedule is to make sure that you don’t put too much work on one or two days. You need to spread out the cleaning so that you can accomplish a little bit at a time. And before you know it, you’ll be done.

The first step is to decide which chores you want to tackle. You’ve got all spring to get them done, but you need to decide which task is most important. There’s a whole lot of stuff that will take a good amount of time, but if you take a little bit at a time and don’t get distracted, you’ll be far ahead of the game. Plus, you can incorporate some chores for the kids to do so they'll feel like they're helping you. And they'll also learn the importance of keeping a home clean and organized.

Here’s an easy schedule:

Weekend 1: Remove window screens. Wash them. Thoroughly clean all windows.

Weekend 2: Wipe down all walls with water and a sponge. If there's time, touch up paint or repair any dings and holes.

Weekend 3: Organize and clean the garage.

Weekend 4: Clean closets. Put items aside to donate.

Weekend 5: Clean carpets. Rent or buy a steam cleaner to thoroughly clean.

Weekend 6: Deep clean the house. Take a day to clean the baseboards, floors, ceiling fans, light fixtures, and dust and vacuum the house.

Weekend 7: Box up clothes, books, CDs, DVDs, knick-knacks, and other items to donate to charity or give to a neighborhood yard sale.

Bonus: If you have the itch to get more stuff done, you can also:

  • Use a pressure washer to prepare deck or patio for summer use.
  • Pull weeds and plant flowers to freshen up the exterior of your home.

Happy Cleaning!

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