Kind of. We woke up to a raging snowstorm in Southern Ontario this morning. Yet for some reason, I still felt like spring cleaning. My guess is, it’s because I figure if I start spring cleaning, spring might actually come. It’s the exact same reas oning that prompts me to stop wearing my winter coat from about February 17th. I’m generally close to hypothermic for the last month and a half each winter.
My Spring Awakening plan hasn’t worked thus far, but perhaps I’m just not being extreme enough. Next February I plan to give up winter boots, heating and any recipe that resembles a chili or stew. Plus I’ll wear flip flops for all outdoor excursions.
Give that a go and see what happens with the weather. I get the feeling Spring is laughing it’s head off at us in Ontario right now. Spring’s a bit of a jerk.
Anyhow, I’ve compiled a list of 3 things you can do in an hour or less to help kick start your Spring Cleaning motivation. These are 3 of about a billion things that need to be done. But … they’re 3 things that will have a great big, satisfying impact! Oh! And none of these things involve wearing flip flops or frostbite.
Clean the tops of things.
Being of a diminutive stature, I can’t see a lot of what other people can.
Things like top shelves, or the tops of lamps for instance.
As you can see, the left side is still dirty and dusty, the right side is cleaned.
I prefer the clean side.
Clean your light switches.
Yeah, so um, I really debated about whether or not to show you this picture.
It’s a real picture of a real light switch in my house. Honest to God.
It’s not the light switch from a back alley men’s shelter.
It is not the light switch from a hog rendering plant.
It is the light switch from my kitchen.
To be fair, (to me) the switch is in a bit of a difficult to reach place, so I don’t clean it as often as I should.
In case that wasn’t clear to you.
Most of my other switches I wipe down every so often.
This one I don’t see, so I don’t wipe it down as often as I should.
In case that wasn’t clear to you.
Wipe down your switches (I used a Magic Eraser and a toothpick for an extra good result).
Re-align your screws so they’re even and level.
Touch up your screws with either white paint or white nail polish.
Little effort, HUGE impact.
Touch up chipped paint.
This particular chest of drawers in my kitchen takes a beating because it’s where I shove 2 very heavy pans.
Every so often, as I’m shoving the pan in the drawer, I miss and hit the chest. It’s usually because my arm is so tuckered out from throwing guck at my light switch all day long.
If you take a look around your house, there’s probably at least a dozen places that could use a quick touch up.
To touch up painted furniture first apply a quick coat of primer, let it dry and then touch up with the original paint.
I just used a tiny little brush like you get with a paint-by-numbers kit.
Again, little effort, HUGE impact.
Wipe down grimy doors and walls.
With everyone inside the house all winter, things are bound to get filthy.
Take a quick look at your doors, doorknobs and walls and give them a rub down with a damp cloth. On particularly stubborn areas rub lightly with a Magic Eraser.
And once more for the win … little effort, HUGE impact.
Obviously, this is just an elementary Spring Cleaning list. There are all kinds of things to do for Spring Cleaning, but when you think of it as a big, HUGE job you tend not to do it. You just think about it, worry about it, decide there’s just toooo much to do and you don’t do any of it. If you just think of doing 3 tasks at a time it’s a bit more manageable.
Now that I’ve shattered the perfect image you all have of me and shown myself to be a filthy, little pig, I implore you to do these 3 things today. You really can do all of these tasks in under an hour. And I have a hunch if EVERYONE does it, we might just kickstart Spring’s ass right into gear.
Although to be perfectly honest with you, I’m not entirely certain Spring has an ass, or just is one.
For those of you who also love cleaning and the Magic Eraser … watch me try to remove blue Sharpie from a white wall with one!