This post was updated on March 19, 2022.
Now’s a good time to get your spring cleaning started, particularly if you have minions children on spring break. I’m extra lucky, my son is in college, and his spring break was last week, so I’m a little ahead of the game. Luckily, my mom was here last week to help me out as I’m also a full-time caregiver, and she likes to support me the best way she knows how. There’s nothing like having your mom standing on your porch at 8 AM with a bucket in hand to encourage you to stop lollygagging over your third cup of coffee and get to work.
Spring Cleaning Encouragement
Since I can’t send my mom over to your houses for cleaning encouragement, I’ll have to do my best here. There’s something very spiritual and emotional with a good, all-over cleaning and decluttering. As much as I profess to hate clutter, I admit that mine’s gotten piled up a bit, and sometimes it’s hard to purge.
So, we have to go back to my personal motto: Look one way and pitch the other. If it doesn’t have a place, it has to go. And by go, I mean go RIGHT AWAY. Once I’m finished cleaning for the day, I take myself down to the Convenience Center and trash and/or donate it immediately. If you set it out in your garage or basement or whatever to “have a yard sale” or something, you might never get rid of it.
Clutter does have an extremely high reproduction rate, and once it gets a foothold, it is hard to get ahead of. You can get ahead of it, but don’t let it get you down. If it already has a foothold, ask a friend to come over and bring a bucket. Even if you already have a bucket, it’ll get things in gear. I happen to have two buckets, but my mom’s bucket is far better. It’s the bucket of authority or something.
It’s funny that I clean my house regularly, yet when someone’s there cleaning with me, it’s far more satisfying, and it gets done tons faster. Once you and your cleaning buddy are done with your house, go to their house and return the favor. Cleaning always goes faster with the camaraderie of buddies.
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