Phew…Winter is finally over! Bring on those Spring cleaning tips? Sure you can get outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. But before you go too far, that cleaning still needs to be done. But don’t worry- I know you are busy and life gets busy so I am going to share with you 3 Spring cleaning tips for busy moms. I know it seems simple but trust me- SIMPLE IS BETTER.
I’m sure you are busy, though, and just like me, you probably don’t want to spend days on end doing a typical “Spring Cleaning.” On the one hand, I love Spring cleaning and the joy that comes from being done with it! On another hand, I hate it! I mean, let’s get real here. We are busy moms, we are already scrambling to find time to do our usual regular housework, how can we carve out even more time for yet another project? Am I right?
I decided to put together a list of spring cleaning tips for the busy mom to help us all save a little sanity and get our houses back in spring shape without exhausting our bodies or our schedules.
Spring Cleaning TipS #1: Recruit Helpers
I am a firm believer that you didn’t make the mess alone, so you shouldn’t have to clean it up alone. Does anyone else feel this way? I think that Spring cleaning should be a family effort and yes, you should definitely include your kids. This will help save time, and it will help the rest of the family realize the effort that is involved with such a project.
Create a list and assign each person in the family a task or two and allow them to do it. Just don’t hover because micromanaging can make things worse. It results in the tasks taking more time and you may actually discourage family members from wanting to help again. Sure the job may not be done just as you would have done it, but it will be done.
Spring Cleaning TipS #2: Start early
Don’t wait until Summer arrives before you start your Spring cleaning. Start early in the Spring, and you will be able to enjoy the weather more as it gets warmer!
Spring Cleaning TipS #3: Break it down
I know you want your entire house cleaned, but it doesn’t have to be all at once. Unfortunately, as moms, we tend to take on too much responsibility. Often that translates into taking on more than we should at once.
Here’s what I want you to do.
- Get a piece of paper or notebook and a pen
- List all the areas in your home. Under each area leave about 6 lines
- Under each area, write a list of all the things that you think need to be done for that room to b clean
Look at this example below that I use:
- replace all towels
- wipe walls and baseboards/vents
- clean mirrors
- wipe blinds
- wipe down shelves
If you break your to-do list down into sections, it’s not so time-consuming or overwhelming. Try doing just one room per weekend or the garage one weekend and the house the next. Smaller jobs are far less intimidating and easier to accomplish.
Now get to work, you can do it!