I know, I know...you read the title of this blog and thought to yourself, "Why in the world did this girl put an exclamation point at the end of a sentence that says 'spring cleaning'?" Well, if I'm being 100% honest here, it's because I LOVE to clean. Spring cleaning is especially exciting for me this year because I'm in the process of moving, so I've started packing up my house and I've come to the realization that we have too much crap. And I can't be the only one, right? I'm sure everyone could do with a bit of Spring cleaning. So here are some of my tips when it comes to make Spring cleaning a bit easier to handle.

Step 1: Grab a beer, or a glass bottle of wine, or even just your favorite beverage to make cleaning more pleasant.

Step 2: Make a "To-Do" List. I find that by making a list you have something that holds you accountable. Even if you aren't able to accomplish everything on your list, the feeling of crossing items off one-by-one as you complete them is AMAZING! And a "To-Do" list that has EVERYTHING crossed off? While it's a rarity, is even more spectacular.

Step 3: Start with something simple. By starting off the big project of Spring cleaning by doing something quick/easy, it will give you the confidence to make it through each item on the list. Plus, lots of smaller things really add up!

Step 4: Have one "Main Goal" in mind. Sure, you may have lots of general cleaning on your list that you want to complete. But maybe there is still that one big project that you started forever ago and never finished. Put that on the list and make sure you get to it this time around. You'll feel so glad you did!

Step 5: Don't feel like you have to check everything off the list in one day. Tackling a big Spring cleaning list can be daunting, and nothing kills your cleaning spirit like feeling overwhelmed. Take it one day at a time; kitchen one day, bedroom the next. Or give yourself a set amount of days to get everything done. There are lots of pre-made checklists that are "How to Declutter Your Life in 7 days" or "40 Days to Total Organization".

Finally, Step 6: Treat yo' self! Whether it's a night out, a new pair of shoes, or even just a nap (never underestimate the power of a nap!), you'd do well to reward yourself after everything is said and done. You'll be way more willing to Spring clean if you know that there's a prize at the end!

If you'd like some lists to get you started, or maybe you're looking for some new tricks to add to your cleaning arsenal, check out my Pinterest page! I've been pinning like a fiend, getting myself ready for Spring cleaning, so I'm sure you can find something that will help you out as well on my Cleaning and Organizing board.  Let me know if this helped you accomplish your Spring cleaning goals. Or if you have some sure fire tricks in your cleaning arsenal, I'd love to learn some new stuff! Happy cleaning!