“Mom, do you clean certain things each day or do you have one big cleaning day,” I asked my Mom several years ago.
“I just do what needs to be done every day.”
In years past, I’ve tried to do the big Spring Cleaning spree. But this year, I’m taking my cue from Mom and doing Spring Cleaning my way.
This year’s Spring Cleaning checklist includes:
- cleaning the inside of the oven
- scrubbing tile grout
- straightening up my closet
- organizing the laundry room
- creating a solution to the paper clutter
- cleaning door frames
- cleaning the patio
- cleaning the porch furniture
Because…that’s what needs to be done.
When I considered my list; the laundry room buried under a mountain of laundry, the desk hidden by stacks of paper, the patio covered in cobwebs and dirt…I was a little embarrassed.
And, a lot overwhelmed. I realized that…
If your house is dirty and disorganized, then your house is controlling you instead of the other way around.” Click to Tweet
But, I’m determined to create a home that nurtures my family.
So, focusing on those problem areas in our household is exciting to me because I know that when I’m done, our home will serve us so much better. With that end in mind, I’ve been working on one area at a time, breaking the project down into smaller tasks and tackling one or two tasks a day.
So far, I have checked the closet, the laundry room, and the desk off of my Spring Cleaning checklist, and it feels so good. That sense of accomplishment and pride is just what I need to keep plugging along.
When it gets overwhelming, I remind myself that
- I’m setting up my family for success.
- Slow and steady wins the race. It’s better to take my time putting my home in order than to rush through it and find the systems I’ve put in place aren’t working.
- And lastly, to “Go with what you know.” I repeat this to myself over and over again in moments when I feel stuck, and it’s a simple process that has worked for me since my classroom days. Here’s how it works…
When I’m finished with my list, my home is going to look and feel so. much. better. Isn’t that the point of Spring Cleaning?
So, don’t feel obligated to do it all. Throw the big master Spring Cleaning checklist out the window and just do what needs to be done.
p.s. Here’s to hoping that pretty pictures with fancy filters makes my patio look more “artistic” than dirty.
See you in class,