Spring is officially here: days are getting longer, the temperature is heading upwards and the snow is slowly melting. Of course, you know what this means: it’s time to do your spring cleaning!
For some, spring cleaning is not necessary: their home is already maintained due to their thorough cleaning every month, and even, every week. For those people, spring cleaning can be the time to, for example, pull out their outdoor summer appliances (for those of us living in four-season countries) or stow away winter clothing until next fall. Otherwise, their spring cleaning is pretty much the usual cleaning.
For others, whose weekly cleaning is kept to the bare minimum due to a busy schedule or just not enough motivation, spring cleaning is the occasion to start anew. A thorough cleaning of the house or of the apartment is a good way to start the summer on the right track. It’s a good way to get rid of the extra stuff we’ve been accumulating for the past few months or years. Truthfully, spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to give ourselves a nice kick in the butt and start the cleaning we’ve been delaying for too long.
In this article, I will give you tips on how to plan your spring cleaning in your Bullet Journal, to be super productive and efficient. Here goes!
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1. Divide by room
Spring cleaning can seem like a colossal task if we stop for a minute to think about it and can discourage us before we even start.
That’s why my first tip for you is: divide the cleaning to do by room of your home. If you separate the task to do in smaller tasks, it will already feel less insurmountable.
For example, here is what I’ve done in my Bullet Journal:
I divided my apartment in six “rooms”, considering the entryway, the stairs and the closet as one room under “entryway”. Then, I wrote down what cleaning I wanted to get done per room. I focused on writing down the tasks that I don’t usually do in my weekly cleaning, as those are supposed to get done anyway.
2. Plan it in your Bullet Journal
Now that you know what you have to do, all there is left is to decide when!
My second tip is therefore to include your spring cleaning in your weekly planning. For example, decide on the room you want to get done next week. You know that next week won’t be too busy for you? Plan to do two rooms! Or, on the contrary, your next week is going to be super busy? Plan only one room in your Bullet Journal, and if you do not have time to finish it, continue the following week!
Indeed, I recommend planning to do only one or two rooms per week. I don’t know about you, but the idea of cleaning my whole apartment through and through in one week is not appealing, not for one second. Also, unless you are on vacation or off from work, you will be working your usual hours with your usual busy schedule, and your other weekly chores are still going to need to be done. Plus, don’t we all need a little bit of time to relax? Basically, be realistic, and don’t plan more than you can (or want to) reasonably do.
Which brings me to my third and last tip.
3. Take your time
Just putting this out there, spring lasts three months, so no need to rush your “spring” cleaning…! I’m just joking (ok, 95% joking).
But seriously, my last tip is to take your time to do it and do it well. Spring cleaning is the perfect occasion to spend time doing tasks usually left alone as they are not necessary on a weekly basis.
Use this time to sort out the stuff you haven’t used in a long time. Donate some clothes, throw out the really old ones and make room for new outfits! Do you really need this thing you haven’t used in years? Maybe not. I’ll admit, I am a bit of a hoarder myself: I keep stuff “just in case”. I’ll be making some efforts this year, too.
Temperatures are creeping up every day: out with the winter coats, throw them in the washer then stow them away until fall. Your winter boots are done for? You know what you have to do…
Finally, when you have finished cleaning a room, go put a big checkmark (or X) in your Bullet Journal. I always feel a nice satisfaction whenever I cross out something done in my chores lists.
So there it is, my tips on how to organize your spring cleaning, with the help of your Bullet Journal!
Do you have any other tips for an efficient spring cleaning? Do you also use your Bullet Journal to plan out your chores? Let me know in the comments below!
‘Til next time!
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