Does anybody else cue the 1950’s housewife in her cute little dress and apron, with her hair tied up in a wispy kerchief when they hear the words “spring cleaning time”? (How in the world did they do it??? The most I can manage most days is a shirt without stains and some jeans!) Intuitively gifted in homemaking, I am not.
We didn’t actually do Spring and Fall cleaning when I was growing up, but when I married Superman, I was
terrified, daunted impressed that my mother-in-law does. Every year, I have high hopes of joining her, and every year my great intentions fall splat on my dusty bookshelves.
This is the year, people.
I’m doing it. And I’m counting on you to hold me to it.
My strategy is simple. I don’t have a whole week to tear the house apart top to bottom (wait…my kids already tear it apart daily…) But I can do several 10 or 15 minute chunks every day. If I have a plan, and just do the next thing on the list, I can accomplish a lot. To that end, I made up a printable to get you and me going in the Living Room. (Just in case you are similarly not a domestic goddess naturally.) Here it is: Spring Cleaning Living Room Checklist. As you’ll see, I included ideas of chores your littles can do alongside you (according to their age and ability level, of course!)
This is NOT your mother’s spring cleaning routine. No where on the list is moving the refrigerator to scrub behind it, and there is no reference to bleach and toothbrushes and scrubbing of grout. Your house won’t be perfect, but it will be better. And better is good, right?
Each task (with only a few exceptions) should only take 5-10 minutes. That means that we can easily knock out a couple of items in the random spare minutes throughout the day.
Maybe we can even manage a room every couple of days. (Let’s dream wildly, shall we?)
And because I’m a scatterbrained mess without my lists, I made up a checklist for every room in the house. If you like the sounds of that, I uploaded the whole slew of them onto the Subscriber Freebies Page along with the two printables Prayers for a Tired Mama and Prayers for a Christ-Centered Home. If you haven’t yet signed up for my newsletter, this is a great time to do that!
This last week I went purging like a mad woman, throwing out bags and bags of stuff that was suffocating us. I still have quite a ways to go, but I’m already breathing easier. And Superman loves it! An added bonus is that it’s easier to clean without all the clutter in the way…and it looks so much better!!!
Do you find spring cleaning to be a big, dreaded task, or do you enjoy it? Any tips? I’d welcome them! We girls have to stick together!
Grace and peace and Swiffer dusters to you, my friends. 😉