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Outta Control Remedy #3: Spring Clean!


 Just whistle while you work
Put on that grin and start right in to whistle loud and long
Just hum a merry tune
Just do your best and take a rest and sing yourself a song 

When there’s too much to do
Don’t let it bother you, forget your troubles,
Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee 

And whistle while you work
Come on get smart, tune up and start
To whistle while you work 

(Snow White’s spring cleaning mantra) 

I’ve just recently realized something about myself. Every spring a strange phenomena happens to me when I start to feel “outta control”. I have the uncontrollable urge to spring clean. It always begins with me organizing one closet which then leads to another closet and before I know it I’m tackling random areas throughout my house. 

The problem is…my approach to spring cleaning is very “ADD” ! I don’t get one area completely finished before starting on the next. I call it the “snowball” effect {or in my case it’s more like the avalanche syndrome} -where something very small becomes gradually bigger and bigger and before long it’s so enormous that it becomes larger than life itself. And in no time my house ends up looking like this: 


 And I feel 


…overwhelmed and even more “outta control”. 

So this year I’m trying a new approach to spring cleaning.  

First, I’m going to work with a spring cleaning checklist. I happen to be one of those “list” persons who find great satisfaction in seeing everything written out so that I can mark it off {or for those of you who know about my love of highlighters- I will admit to you that I may use these instead-and for those of you who don’t understand my obession with colored markers I may share it with you when I get to know you a little better}. 


(Oh the possibilities with these little things!) 

 This year I’m organizing myself by using this Spring Cleaning Checklist as a template for what needs to be done in the main areas of my house.  Then I’m adding any additional tasks to the list. I like that it’s simple, well organized and includes how much time it will take to do the job. For example: 

Kitchen: (1-2 Hours)
  • Clean out inside of freezer/fridge  
  • Wipe down freezer/fridge  
  • Scrub oven/stove top  
  • Clean outside of appliances
  • Clean ceiling fan
  •  Clean/organize inside cupboards and drawers 
  • Dust Cabinets front and top  
  • Move fridge out and clean behind it  
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils  
  • Wash out trash cans  
  • Clean or wash window treatments  
  • Steam clean tile floors

    I will keep you posted as to how my spring cleaning project (aka “outta control remedy #3) goes. If anyone wants to share their spring cleaning ideas-I’m open for suggestions.

    Happy Cleaning!


    P.S. Tomorrow I’m going to share with you specific “green” cleaning products to use.





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