There’s new energy in the air. It’s time to open the windows, let in some fresh air, get out in the garden, and get cranking on that spring cleaning. I’ll admit I’m not particularly excited about spring cleaning—on a sunny day, I’d much rather kick back on the deck with a good book and a glass of lemonade. But since I appreciate a clean house, I’d best get started. Where do I even begin?
When I think of all the “to dos” on my spring cleaning list, it’s overwhelming. In addition to the deep cleaning, I still have to take care of the kids, go to work, run errands, and get dinner on the table. However, by breaking down the list into smaller, more realistic tasks, I think I can get it done, bit by bit.
I searched spring cleaning on line and came up with a “to do” list for myself. Following are some of the things I need to do.
- Clean and Organize Kitchen Cupboards. When I look at my kitchen, I groan thinking of this task. There are a lot of cupboards! My plan of attack is to pick just one or two to tackle a day and set a time limit. When the time is up, I’ll finish up that cupboard or drawer and then start again the next day.
- Flip/Rotate Mattresses. This one is pretty simple. When I’m next changing the bedding, it’s a perfect time to flip the mattresses. I just have to remember to do it. Ergo, this list!
- Clean Window Treatments. I threw some of my curtains in the wash yesterday, the rest need to be dry cleaned. This is something I’ll set as my goal on a day when my family is having a relatively quiet day.
- Clean out the Oven, Fridge and Freezer. I’ll probably break this up into two days. The day before I’m set to get groceries I’ll clean out the fridge (this way the fridge will be emptier and easier to clean), and the next day while the kids are resting I’ll tackle the freezer and set the oven to self clean.
- Clean the Carpets. This’ll be a late-night job that my husband and I can do together after the kids are in bed. We’ll have to sit down and write it on the calendar or it won’t get done—again I just need to be intentional and carve out the time for it.
- Wash Windows. This will need to be done on a weekend afternoon so my husband can play with the kids in the yard while I’m working on the windows.
For your spring cleaning strategy, create a list of what you want to do and break it down into smaller tasks. To make the time pass by more enjoyably, download some podcasts (if you have an iPod) to listen to or create a “cleaning” play list with upbeat, energetic music. You can also invest in a headset for your phone and call a friend to chat with while you’re cleaning. If your kids are old enough to help, recruit them in the projects as well.
Then, before you know it, your house will be sparkling clean. When I’m done, I think I’ll celebrate with a glass of lemonade and a good book.