National Cleaning Week

National Cleaning Week, sometimes called Spring Cleaning Week is the last week in March. Between the end of winter and the beginning of spring is a good time to get the process rolling on getting ready for the new life of the new season by cleaning out all the things that have accumulated during the winter.

As things begin looking fresh and green outside, it’s time to make our living places sparkle as well. It’s good to not only take the time to clean out winter’s accumulation, but it can make you feel better with everything clean – not to mention the glow of accomplishment when you are done.

Maybe you look at your house and wonder in despair where to start, or think it’s just too big of a job to handle, and so are tempted to leave it. Here are a few suggestions from HomeTeam Pest Defense.

  1. Create a schedule. Or if you prefer, create a plan. Give yourself a time limit so that you have several smaller goals to meet.
  2. Tackle one room at a time. It’s always easier to divide a job into smaller parts so that you can feel the satisfaction of seeing progress a bit at a time.
  3. Start from the top and work your way down. I forget this one as I was cleaning my refrigerator this week. I started at the bottom and went up, which meant I had to keep going back and wiping up stuff on the bottom. Don’t be like me!
  4. Don’t be afraid to move around furniture.

I would add – if you have a family, get them involved! Give them a reward to work towards, so they can have the joy of accomplishment too.

Besides the house, it’s also time to see what needs to be done outside, from cleaning up the flower gardens to making sure your yard is ready to go, to testing hoses after their winter storage, and so on.

Lastly, don’t forget your local Goodwill or other thrift shops as you weed out things that are still good that you no longer need or want. Someone will appreciate them.

Mostly humorous quotes on cleaning.

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.–Phyllis Diller

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. –Erma Bombeck

I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on.–Roseanne Barr

There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.–Quentin Crisp

You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.–Cecil Baxter

When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why.–Katharine Whitehorn

There is no daily chore so trivial that it cannot be made important by skipping it two days running.–Robert Brault

I always clean before the cleaning lady comes. If not, when I come home, I can’t find anything. Cleaning ladies are always hiding things you leave out.–Celia Cruz

I have sporadic OCD cleaning moments around the house. But then I get lazy and I’m cured. It’s a very inconsistent personality trait.–Chris Hemsworth

A bright person can always think of something better to do than housework.–Ruby Lou Barnhill

Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not a piece of advice, it is merely a custom.–Mark Twain

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?–Phyllis Diller

Housework, if you do it right, can kill you.–Erma Bombeck

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