Monthly Archives: April 2016

7 Spring Organization Tips that’ll Get the Job Done

stack of colorful boxes used for spring organization and cleaningSpring is in the air, and so is our urge to get our homes in order.  If you’re just itching to tackle your home spring organization, but am completely overwhelmed at the amount of work that needs to be done, use these organization tips from the pros.

  1. Don’t tackle all your spring organization at once. Plan to get a little bit done every day.  Make a to-do list for every day, and check off each job as you get it done.
  2. Keep your eye on the goal. Don’t forget why you’re organizing in the first place: so you have a clean, clutter-free home that is easier to work and play in.  If you’re more organized, it’s easier to find items, move (if you’re considering it), and keep your household schedule.
  3. Take it room by room. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you’re spring organization doesn’t need to be done all at once.  If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of work, break it down.  Tackle your spring organization room by room, list by list, until the job is done.
  4. Turn your pile into piles. Go through the pile, and sort. For example, create a pile of “office supplies,” another pile of “outgrown clothes” and a third pile of “don’t need anymore.”
  5. Invest in shelving and boxes. Create an organization system that works for you—whether it’s a series of drawers, containers, shelves or an armoire where you can keep things (cleanly, not in piles).
  6. Have a plan for items you don’t need any more. Give away, sell (rummage sale anyone?), donate your unwanted stuff, especially items that don’t fit, don’t get used, or won’t get used any time soon—including furniture. If you donate to a charitable organization, keep a record of the items you donate for a possible tax deduction next year.
  7. Hire pros to take on cleaning and organizing. If you have asthma and can’t handle the dust, a bad back, or don’t have the time, hire a cleaning service to take on your spring cleaning and organization project so you can start enjoying the beautiful weather—and the benefits of an organized home.

14 Spring Facility Cleaning Tasks (& Tips to Get Them Done)

commercial flooring in an officeSpring cleaning at a business isn’t as clear as a residential spring cleaning checklist.  You can’t set aside a full day to go down the list and check off each item.  As a facility manager or building supervisor, you’ve got a business to run and daily operations to maintain—even as you have to complete your list of spring cleaning facility tasks.

The first step (surprisingly) is to evaluate the cost of hiring an employee to clean versus a commercial cleaning service or vendor.  What tasks make sense to outsource?  Request and compile quotes from vendors that help you make this determination.  Once you’ve determined the most cost-efficient method of spring cleaning tasks quickly and efficiently, schedule accordingly to kick start and complete your spring facility cleaning.

  1. Schedule commercial HVAC maintenance ASAP to keep your units running when you need them, and to avoid the “busy” season for HVAC contractors.
  2. Have your rugs washed to get rid of the ice and snow from winter.
  3. Schedule a deep floor cleaning for your entire facility including the office, warehouse, production floor, etc.
  4. Give your restrooms and kitchens a deep clean.
  5. Dust all window blinds and treatments.
  6. Wash windows.
  7. Prune all trees and bushes.
  8. Refresh flower beds & plant new vegetation.
  9. Schedule lawn maintenance around your facility (i.e. rolling, reseeding, etc.)
  10. Power wash your building and sidewalks.
  11. Bring in pest control to spray and exterminate any infestations.
  12. Repair any cracks in your sidewalk or parking lot.
  13. Schedule upholstery cleaning for your furniture.
  14. Dust all counters, shelving, and community surfaces.

Make the spring cleaning of your facility a team effort (i.e. with personnel, external vendors, etc.).  Use accountability to ensure that each task is completed.  Hire the best vendors that guarantee dependable and reliable service, so you can get your spring cleaning done and get back to business as usual.