Get a Jump on Spring With Listmaking
Get a Jump on Spring With Listmaking

Get a Jump on Spring With Listmaking

Break down your spring to dos, and break free from stress.

Get a head start on spring cleaning and entertaining, and tax time, with listmaking. And then, once it’s all on paper (and out of your crowded head!), you’ll be able to tackle the tasks with gusto!

Spring cleaning

  • Make a list of your cleaning goals (or print out our room by room spring cleaning checklists). This will help you identify everything you need to do, from washing bedding and curtains to getting your patio ready for entertaining.

  • Make a shopping list of cleaning supplies. Look for cleaners that do double or triple duty, like Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner, which cleans and dusts a wide variety of surfaces. For the bathroom, enlist a Scrubbing Bubbles® All Purpose Cleaner which cleans, sanitizes, shines and deodorizes. Bonus: Fewer products to purchase and less time spent cleaning.

  • List out a reward system for anyone in the house who helps out! Make harder tasks earn better rewards, or each task checked off can earn a small reward. Or simply give a special prize to the biggest helper—even if it’s you.

Spring entertaining

  • Plan your menu and make a shopping list. Figure out which dishes can be made ahead so you can enjoy your company on party day. Consider asking guests to bring one dish, and use your menu to keep track of what they’re bringing.

  • Make another list to help you prepare the dining room. Will you use special dishes and do they need to be cleaned? Do you need extra chairs or wine glasses? Does any silver need to be polished? Linens ironed? Candles or flowers bought?

  • To tidy the house, make a list of chores and ask family members to help. If you’ve done the bulk of your tasks ahead of time, do a quick last-minute touch-up with Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Wipes to quickly remove smudges and dust from most hard surfaces.

Tax time

  • Make a list of all the paperwork you will need and create an organization method to store all your papers. Since tax forms typically address both income and deductions, it’s a good idea to organize your papers and checklists into these two categories.

  • Start by listing all your income. Did you receive your W-2s and 1099s at the end of January? Did you sell any property, stocks or bonds last year? If you can’t remember all the forms and documents that should go on your list, look at last year’s taxes to confirm.

  • Assess and list your deductions. Receipts are a common headache. Make a separate list for each category you take deductions for. Then use these categories to separate your receipts. Keep each type of receipt sorted and contained in labeled Ziploc® brand bags.

How to make a good list

Put down every task that comes to mind. Don’t edit or organize as you go. Then reorganize your list and break it up into manageable chunks by doing the following:

  • Group like things together. For example, shopping needs could go together.

  • Prioritize each item within the group. Move less important tasks to the bottom.

  • Set a realistic completion time for each item. Will it take an hour? A day? A weekend?