This weekend I cleaned. Yep, that’s pretty much it. But I actually feel accomplished and did not want to shoot myself in the foot for even one minute! How is that possible, you ask? Relaxed efficiency and strategizing.
1. Clear out your schedule. Seriously, don’t make any plans on days (or weekends in my case) when you just want to get stuff done. As a serious FOMO sufferer, this is tough to do, but cleaning knowing that I don’t have anywhere else to be that day allows me to focus on the task at hand and devote all of my energy to it. Otherwise I’m distracted--mentally choosing outfits, watching the clock, and perhaps feeling exhausted before I even go out to play. I find that I am much more effective when I can zone in on what I’m doing and not how long it is taking.
2. Make a list of things you want to accomplish, and then mentally set a plan. This weekend my list was just about everything one might do to clean a house, so I like to make my mental list in 3’s. First, second, third, and then reevaluate.
3. Never walk out with a single item. I mean, when you’re cleaning multiple rooms and floors, it’s best to survey the big picture and try to accomplish as much as possible in one foul swoop. Like when I found the pile of Christmas cards that I wanted to store downstairs, I didn’t just take them there right away. I looked around for other things that needed to go with it. Is there jewelry that can go in the jewelry case on the way? Are there glasses that need to be dropped off in the kitchen? Can I carry the bathroom cleaning supplies downstairs simultaneously? Make your trips count.
4. Set goals and reward yourself. On Saturday, it was when I finish x, y, z, I will enjoy wine on the patio with my fiance. On Sunday I set another goal so that I could walk to the neighborhood flower festival. Little “prizes” that you do not need to get dressed and ready for are a great way to keep at it.
So when it was all said and done, I didn’t wear any cute outfits or partake in any Cinco de Mayo festivities. Lame, I know. But I do have a great little house that is now simply love-filled and not clutter-filled. (Don’t get me wrong, I still have plenty of strategically placed “junk piles” but at least I know where they are ;)) Spring cleaning success! Now bring on Summer!