Spring Cleaning.. Is there an App for that?
When it comes to cleaning in general, I am no expert. Well, it's not that I don't know how to clean, but it's that I am very good at avoiding it. In fact, I am blessed to have a husband who is a clean freak. And he is the one in our family who comes home from work and starts washing the dishes, vacuuming and washes the floors on the weekends. Yay, lucky me!
I tend to take shortcuts and my best tip isto try not to make a mess so there isn't as much to clean up. I like minimalistic home decorating because it is actually easier to keep clean, even when it is not perfectly neat and uncluttered, it's still pretty "clean". And we don't have carpet; the wood floor is so much easier to mop/wipe clean. When I drop something on the kitchen floor? I just call my beagle to lick it off, and then spray and wipe it down quickly, sometimes even with my foot, on my sock, because hey, it's easy and I don't have to bend down, and I can just toss the socks in the washer. Yes, I am that person, and I have no trouble admitting it.
And when the house gets too messy and unorganized, I usually declare it's time to redecorate. Because really, painting the walls is more fun than washing them, and while the Magic Eraser does work well to get the stains off, the blocking paint works even better and our home will look entirely new, and I get to change the color too. In my mind, there is good reason to clean only when there is a party coming up, but there is always a good reason to redecorate.
I wish there was an app for cleaning, and what do you know... after a little bit of a research, I was actually able to find some iPhone and Android apps to help you with spring cleaning! I found them at Appitalism:
Clean Freak Cleaning Schedule ($.99 for the Apple iPhone)
Designed by working parents, Clean Freak uses the "divide-and-conquer" approach to keeping the home clean. Break down your chores into bite-sized tasks, and do an item every day. Check an item you've completed off the list, and Clean Freak will show you how many days it has been since a task was last done. Completing all items advances the rotation, and you are able to configure less frequent tasks in the "every 2/4/8 rotations" sections.
Organizing Your Home ($1.19 for the Android) - Unless you have some magical powers like Mary Poppins, you know that cleaning and organizing your home, at times, is a painful process. With Organizing Your Home that task will become much easier. Inside you will find practical tips and techniques to rid every room in your house of clutter and keep it that way.
House Maintenance Schedule (Free for the Android) - House Maintenance Schedule" is a calendar application to log dates of routine maintenance done to your home, and to remind you about the due date of the next maintenance. As a reference, it also has an easy-to-follow, month-to-month guide for maintenance works needed by you home.
Now, I am not giving you any guarantees that an app would help you actually clean, but it's worth it to give one a try!