Spring Has Sprung - It is time to party!

Spring has sprung – it is time to party!

March 26, 2012

Spring is one of our favorite times of year at Neal Communities. Everything seems to come alive! The flowers awaken from their winter hibernation to show off new blooms and dazzling colors, the brown leaves that fell off the trees have been replaced by vibrant new greenery, and the temperatures are just right for opening your doors and windows to enjoy soft nightly breezes without running your air conditioner or heater. Mother Nature surely knew what she was doing when she created springtime!

The actor/comedienne Robin Williams summarizes spring time best by saying: Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s Party!”

And, if you are planning a lavish party, what is the first thing you simply must do before your guests arrive? Clean your house in preparation, of course! When spring arrives we are gently reminded that it is time to complete that age old seasonal tradition known as Spring Cleaning!

We’ve come up with a few helpful hints to get you through the spring cleaning process quickly and efficiently so that you still have plenty of time to take that afternoon bike ride through the park, plant new seeds in your garden, or just enjoy the afternoon reading a book in your backyard hammock!
1) Create a list of spring cleaning tasks. To make it easy, walk through your home room by room with a notebook and pen, and write down exactly what you wish to accomplish in each room.

2) Prioritize your list. Once you’ve created your master list, label each task in order of importance of completion. By breaking your task list down into bit sized nuggets you will feel a sense of accomplishment as you complete each task instead of a feeling of being overwhelmed by so many items on your ‘to do’ list!

3) Schedule your tasks. Now that you know what needs to be done, determine a time and a date that you will have the tasks completed. Schedule each task in your daytimer or calendar the same way you would schedule an important appointment.

4) Get the whole family involved and assign specific tasks to each family member. This is the fun part! Get the whole family involved and turn spring cleaning into a family contest or game. Be sure to assign appropriate tasks to the appropriate family member. It wouldn’t make sense to have your six year old son mow the yard and prune the bushes; however, he would certainly be an excellent choice to water the plants or hose off the patio furniture!

5) Stake a claim to some slices of time on your calendar.
Don’t forget to have some fun during the process! Try scheduling several mini-breaks throughout the cleaning day to keep you motivated and on track. Pour yourself a nice cold glass of lemonade, sit on the porch swing and commend yourself for all the progress you have made!

Happy spring cleaning!

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