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Advice to Help Reduce Your Spring Cleaning Anxiety

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Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. Everyone wants a clean house, but deciding where to start and actually getting things completed can sometimes be a challenge. If summer is on the way and you still haven’t gotten much done, you might be worried that the job will stay unfinished all year.

That’s why we have put together some useful, practical information that can help you break the cycle of worry and finally get your spring cleaning done. By taking things one step at a time, you can make the entire job feel less intimidating and more manageable. Our simple tips can get you started and you’ll soon see that there was nothing to worry about at all.

Start with a Checklist

Writing out a checklist of the things you want to accomplish is a great way to get started. When you organize your thoughts on paper, they don’t seem as overwhelming. Looking at a list of specific tasks is a great way to fully visualize the work that needs to be done. There are several tools and resources online that can help you create and organize your list. Download and print this standard checklist and work your way through it as it applies to your home. As you check things off like window cleaning and dusting, you’ll start to feel a sense of accomplishment and begin to get into a ‘get it done’ groove.

We recommend starting with some of the simplest tasks—things you don’t mind doing. This will give you some momentum and take some of the burdens off right away. By reducing the number of tasks, you’ll soon see the number of tasks diminish and realize, your list isn’t as substantial as you thought it was.

Combine Resources

Working together is one of the best ways to reduce the number of tasks that each individual has to do. It can also speed up the process, so you don’t feel like you’re spending forever getting one thing done.

With three or more people, it is usually best to have everyone working separately. However, with just two, working together on one task can have a great effect and reduce your anxiety.

One Room Per Day

One of the best pieces of advice about spring cleaning is to not try to do the whole house at once. That is a surefire way to get burned out before you even really begin. Plus, it is unlikely that you’ll actually be able to accomplish this goal, which just makes the anxiety and stress worse.

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Instead, we recommend cleaning one room per day and trying to spread the work out evenly. This makes the whole process manageable and easy to finish up. Plus, you’ll get to see your progress as you go, which will keep you motivated and excited about finishing the whole house.

Get Help with the Exterior

When it comes to some of the more heavy-duty jobs like window and gutter cleaning, it can be hard to muster up the motivation to do them since they can be difficult and even dangerous. When the time comes to do these jobs, the best way to reduce anxiety is to hire a professional. For example, pressure washing requires special equipment and skills that you might not have.

By getting a professional to help you with the really difficult jobs, you can greatly reduce your anxiety about spring cleaning. Leaving yourself tasks that you know you can accomplish is a great way to stay on top of spring cleaning and get your home ready for summer.

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