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Every year, my mother would welcome spring with a cleaning ritual.

She would put on those big yellow rubber gloves and scrub off every trace of our long winters from each wall, closet and shelf with buckets filled with hot water and Spic and Span. Our hardwood floors would be buffed down until you could see your own reflection on their shiny surface.

Here is the Organizing Genie’s seven-step action plan towards a fresh and clean home this spring.

1. Gather and corral cleaning supplies. To avoid interruptions and extra trips to the store, be sure you have all the supplies needed to get the job done. Place all cleaning supplies in a tote that can easily be carried from room to room.

2. Create a plan of action. Don’t pressure yourself into thinking that you need to clean your entire home in a day or weekend. Devise a plan that will allow you tackle big jobs, like your kitchen, on the weekends and smaller jobs, like a coat closet, during the week.

3. Prepare a checklist with time limits. Now that you’ve created a plan of action, walk through each room and create a checklist of everything you wish to clean as well as an estimated time limit you’ll need to accomplish for each of these tasks. For example, your hall closet might take 30 minutes. Checklists are a great way to keep you on track and focused. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and progress as you check these completed tasks off your list every day.

4. Group similar tasks. Grouping tasks will turn you into an efficient cleaning machine. For example, while vacuuming the carpets, also vacuum air vents, corners of the ceiling, radiators, lamp shades, blinds and window treatments. This time-saver tip will allow you to quickly eliminate tasks from your checklist.

5. Make it fun. Keep energized by opening the windows, allowing the smells and warmth of fresh spring air to flow in your room as you play upbeat music or your favorite summer songs.

6. Ask family members to help. Look over your checklist and give each person a suitable job and let them help. Once completed, let them have the honor of giving it a big check mark on your checklists and praise them for a job well done.

7. Reward yourself. Celebrate your hard work by partaking in small celebrations. Enjoy a spring hike, plan some time with family and friends, etc. You’ve worked hard, enjoy some time off.

Spring cleaning can be easy and painless when you have a plan. Happy Spring.

Until next time, I wish you a magically organized and clutter-free day.

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