3 Strategies for Getting the Jump on Spring Cleaning

Spring has officially sprung! Bring on the outdoor activities, backyard barbecues and warm weather, right? The majority of us would happily welcome all of these, but before the springtime festivities begin, homeowners have a task that many would probably prefer to skip – spring cleaning.

The custom of spring cleaning in Canada came about as a tradition in April, when the weather is warm enough to open the windows but cold enough to keep the bugs away. So, in honor of the tradition, here are a few ways to get organized and tackle spring cleaning:

Make a plan – Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many families jump in without one. Having a plan will ensure that you have cleaned and covered all areas. There is an endless supply of printable checklists online; choose the one that best fits your needs, and as you complete the tasks, (happily) cross them off the list. My favourite seasonal chore is changing over from winter clothes to summer clothes. It's a guaranteed sign that good weather is on the way.

Involve the family – Divide and conquer. Encourage the whole family to help by incorporating games with the chores. Make it a race or have an assembly line. And the dirtier the task, the better the reward. That includes husbands who are starting to sinking into the NHL playoff season couch. 

Don’t forget the outside – Who wouldn’t be ready to get back in the sun after a long, cold winter? Use this as an excuse to organize and tidy up the exterior of your home. Wash the winter sludge off the windows, clean out the gutters, rake and fertilize the lawn, and organize the garage. The easiest way to freshen up the outside is to hang a fresh wreath on the front door, and replace the dingy door mats. Mine were just done before Easter Sunday, and the place looks more alive already.

Enjoy...it has to stop snowing eventually!