As the weather starts to warm up, you may be thinking about starting your spring-cleaning to-do list. Spring-cleaning can be a daunting task for many homeowners, so we’ve put together a few tips for making the process more manageable. If new floors are on your list this spring, give us a call today for a free in-home estimate!

Identify priorities

You may have a long list of tasks you’d like to accomplish this spring. But chances are, you won’t get around to them all. It’s important to prioritize your spring-cleaning to-do list to ensure that the most important tasks get accomplished. Look through your list and identify a handful of “must-do’s”. This is also a good time to note down any projects that may not be top priority but will require a significant budget or amount of time to accomplish. These projects will require extra planning, so it’s a good idea to get started on them now.

Budget

There are two main ways to create a budget for your spring-cleaning projects. You can choose a budget and then work your projects around the amount you chose, or you can start with your project list and build your budget from that. Whatever you choose, it’s important to plan out the budget ahead of time. That way there’s no surprises when it comes time to repaint your house or refinish your deck.

It’s also important not to get too bogged down in budgeting. You should budget with enough detail that you know what kind of expenses to expect, but you don’t need to plan everything out down to the last dollar and cent. It’s also important to be flexible. If one project takes more of your budget than expected, don’t worry – just re-allocate your budget or eliminate a low-priority project from your list.

Schedule

You may not know what your plans will be two months from now, but it’s a good idea to set a general timeline for when you’ll accomplish these projects. This will help keep you on task and ensure you complete your high priority projects. Smaller tasks like replacing light bulbs or hanging a new birdfeeder aren’t time intensive and don’t need to be scheduled in advance. Simply fit them in when you have a free hour or two. For day-long or multi-day projects, it’s a good idea to set a rough schedule for when you will complete them. This may require blocking out a weekend several weeks in advance or clearing your after-work schedule for a week.