“Mom, do you clean certain things each day or do you have one big cleaning day,” I asked my Mom once.
“I just do what needs to be done every day.”
In other words, my mom doesn’t concern herself with cleaning schedules or seasonal cleaning sprees. I would even say she has a very intentional approach to cleaning; paying attention to the needs of her household and basing her chores on that.
She’s had that approach for as long as I can remember. I suppose as a busy mom with four children to take care of, she didn’t have the time or the energy to make and follow schedules.
So, I’m taking a cue from Mom and being more intentional with my Spring Cleaning list this year. My plan will save me and you a lot of time. Here’s how.
5 Spring Cleaning Hacks for Busy Moms
Focus on the Areas That Need Spring Cleaning
This year’s Spring Cleaning checklist at the Hines house includes:
- Power washing the siding, sidewalk and front porch.
- Weeding and mulching the flower beds
- Tidying up the back patio
- Decluttering and reorganizing the command center
- Steam cleaning rugs, upholstery and carpet
Because…that’s what needs to be done.
Know Your Why
When I considered my list, the clover covered flower beds that are indistinguishable from the lawn, the porch covered in pollen, and the number of stains on the carpet, I was embarrassed. And, a lot overwhelmed. In that moment, I realized if your house is dirty and disorganized, then it’s controlling you instead of serving you.
But, I’m determined to create a home that nurtures my family.
D.I.Y or Delegate Spring Cleaning Chores
Decide what you can do with your time, skill and budget. Weigh the cost between doing a project yourself verses delegating it to another family member or hiring it out.
Delegating provides the household with a sense of pride and ownership of your space. Hiring buys back your time. There’s really no right or wrong. Just do what’s best for you and your family.
Picture the Reward of Spring Cleaning
Focusing on the problem areas in your household can be exciting because when you’re done, your home will serve you so much better. With that end in mind, work on one area at a time, breaking the project down into smaller tasks over a realistic time frame.
Checking to-do’s off your Spring Cleaning List will provide you a sense of accomplishment and give you the motivation to keep plugging along.
Stick to Your Spring Cleaning Goals
When it gets overwhelming, remind yourself:
- You’re setting up my family for success.
- Slow and steady wins the race. It’s better to take your time than to rush through it.
- 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 you’re finished with your list, your home is going to look and feel fresh and clean, and you’re going to feel so much better in your space. Isn’t that the point of Spring Cleaning?
So, don’t feel obligated to do what everyone else is doing. Throw the “shoulds” and “oughts” out the window and just do what needs to be done this Spring Cleaning season. Besides, you’ve got better ways to welcome Spring.
See you in class,