What could be better than a three-day weekend? Finding fun ways to turn that long weekend into a major cleaning blowout!
The Power of a Long Weekend
A long weekend can be a great opportunity to relax and unwind… or build a checklist to seriously get things done.
Speckled throughout the year just when you always seem to need them most, three-day weekends can feel like little lighthouses in the rocky seas of a busy month — offering you something special to look forward to along with a reminder that everything will be OK.
For some, a long weekend is the perfect time to slide into pajamas and spend 72 hours curled up on the couch. For others, that extra day is a perfect excuse to entertain, whether that means throwing a Saturday night soiree or hosting a barbecue bash.
And for those people who live for getting organized and checking things off of their to-do lists, long weekends can present the perfect chance to dig in — including tackling all those pesky housekeeping responsibilities and deep cleaning duties that you may not have time for during a busy workweek.
Looking for some inspiration for your next long weekend? Whether you live for a clean space or you just want to speed through your chores as quickly as possible, here are some ways you can use a long weekend to tackle your biggest clean home goals:
Create a Day-By-Day Plan
Take time to optimize and strategize, and your cleaning is bound to go flying by! Before your next long weekend or extra day off, take time to make a cleaning checklist and think about how you can make the most of your time. For some inspiration, Southern Living offers some great ideas for structuring your weekend for cleaning. Here’s what they recommend:
- Friday evening: After work, do your shopping and get your cleaning supplies organized; create a cleaning checklist and divide jobs, room by room; tackle the quick and easy stuff (like doing the dishes or putting away clothes)
- Saturday: Wipe down kitchen surfaces; change and wash bedding; sweep and vacuum all floors; dust and polish surfaces; clean the bathrooms
- Sunday: Deep clean appliances (such as the microwave, oven, and refrigerator); mop kitchen floors; take out the trash and recycling
- Monday: Relax and enjoy!
Of course, remember that this is just one outline, and you should feel free to adjust these basic guidelines or set up your own schedule to match your unique cleaning needs.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Cleaning your whole home can feel daunting, so be sure to take some simple steps to make it easier on yourself!
For instance? When you’re getting your cleaning plan into motion, think about working room by room. This can help make your list feel more manageable, and can empower you prioritize your most and least important jobs (and take action accordingly). In every room, remember to work from top to bottom. That is, start by cleaning high points, such as elevated shelves and corners, then work down and get to your floors last. This way, you can be sure to vacuum up any dust or debris that may have come down from the heavens as you worked on the rest of the space.
To make things more fun (and hopefully get some key chores done faster), get your whole family involved. For kids, you can turn cleaning into a game by offering challenges or rewards. Set up speakers to play fun music throughout the home, and let each family member play DJ. Delegate tasks in a way that makes sense. For instance, you could set your kids to work picking up their toys, while your significant other focuses on the garage or outdoor areas.
Finally, remember to invest in your favorite cleaning tools and products. Look for concentrated products that really work, so you can spend more time cleaning, and less time running back and forth from the store. You can find some of our favorite time-saving green cleaning equipment and solutions here and here.
Use That Extra Time for Your Most Extraordinary Challenges
A long weekend is a blessing. When else do you get free hours to focus on what you want to do, with no strings attached? Take advantage of this extra time by diving into those extra-challenging cleaning tasks you might not have time for otherwise.
For example, you could use your bonus time to clear your home’s backlog — whether that means picking through and organizing piles of toys; folding and putting away laundry; or doing the dishes that have been hanging out in the kitchen sink.
Or, make time to focus on the deep cleaning chores that will take some time to get done — such as cleaning those hard-to-reach places like the tops of your cabinets and shelves; the tops of your ceiling fan blades; and underneath bulky furniture or appliances.
Call In the Reinforcements
Want to maximize your relaxation and #SundayFunday time during your next holiday weekend? Need help tackling those dirty jobs you just can’t stomach on your own? As you set your weekend goals, remember to be realistic about what you can handle on your own… and when it’s better to turn to the experts.
Sometimes, the best way to manage all your cleaning duties is to bring in an experienced professional cleaning service! That’s where Sweeping Dimensions would love to offer a helping hand.
This spring and summer, let us bring our cleaning expertise into your home, so that you can focus on enjoying your time in a picture-perfect space.
We offer customizable cleaning services for your needs, whether you’re looking for a deep clean, service before a special holiday party, or just routine housekeeping while you’re out and about.
We offer flexible time windows and seamless communication, to ensure that our work always fits into your active schedule. Our professionally trained and uniformed teams will bring all of the supplies necessary to clean your home, with an emphasis on green, environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
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