Looking for some simple cleaning tips for spring?
This is a great time to get some things done around the house. The weather is (mostly) nice, and the kids are spending a lot of time outside playing. While they’re outside, why not try to be productive inside?
What’s the best way to get your spring cleaning done?
Marie Kondo says, “If something doesn’t bring you joy, toss it.”
In the art of Munkensmat, you only keep ONE thing in an area and set the rest on fire with a flaming arrow. (Any “Brooklyn 99” fans out there?)
In our house, we tend to just hold on to things, well… forever. We don’t really have a system. But, for the sake of my sanity, here is how I plan to get a little spring cleaning done considering I have 2 small children who exhaust me and don’t leave me with too much free time.
Fair warning: This is like, dumbing it down to the extreme, but that’s what a mom’s brain needs sometimes. We are smart. We are capable. More importantly, we are brave in the face of poopy diapers and pint-sized dictators. But man, are our brains tired.
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My top 3 cleaning tips
Like I said, it’s best to keep it simple. Moms carry way too much stress as it is, and the last thing they need is an enormous, overwhelming cleaning project. Keep reading to find out the 3 easy ways I get things done when my kids are chaotic.
Step 1: Come up with an overall goal.
What does spring cleaning mean to you? Is it just a little more floor space opened up? Do you want to totally reorganize your closets? Is it scrubbing every last inch of your house til it glistens? What are you trying to accomplish?
Example: For me specifically, we’re moving some time this coming fall/winter, so I want to begin the weary process of decluttering, room by room.
Step 2: Make a list of all the spaces in your house. Simple enough.
Include everything. I mean everything. Rooms, closets, attics, crawlspaces, storage nooks. The whole shebang. This will give you an ideas of all the potential projects you might need to undertake.
Step 3: Start with one space on your list.
Write down specific goals for that space, and set aside even 10 minutes a day until you can considered it accomplished. Then cross it off with pizzazz and move on to the next space.
Pro-tip: THIS IS CRITICAL.
I am saying this because my heart overflows with love for you, and doing this will come back to bite you in the ass and lead to nothing but frustration. I am all about the temporary shifting around of clutter and things.
But do not, and I repeat DO NOT move clutter back to a completely de-cluttered room. That shit has to go somewhere. Maybe designate one closet in the house you don’t care about, or a crawl space/attic, or start a donation pile in the garage. But ultimately, like I said, that shit has to go somewhere. If you re-clutter a de-cluttered room, why we even doing this, buddy?
You got this.
You ARE going to de-clutter your house. But it takes baby steps, and checking things off lists at your pace. I mean, my house isn’t on like some tour of homes for rich people. I have an almost 4 year old and a 2 year old. And damn it, I’m tired. So give yourself some grace, make a to do list you can live with and stick to, and just take it 10 minutes at a time.
Let’s face it, in the time you spent reading this, you could have sorted through some toys, am I right?
What room of your house most needs to be cleaned? Let me know in the comments below, and make sure you share this post!