I love the idea of spring cleaning and getting organized, I really do. There’s something about a fresh start that I’m crazy about. I can’t decide whether I like January or September more for getting back on track with new routines, so I just consider both months “clean slate months”. Spring is another perfect time to hop on the organization bandwagon! You see, there’s always a fresh start a few months away in case your best intentions didn’t work out!
When I was growing up, my very organized Mom not only did a major cleaning each season but actually changed the décor depending on the season. We had sheer, light flowing curtains that were pulled out in the spring/summer and heavier ones for the fall/winter. The same went for bedspreads. Remember bedspreads? The upcoming season’s clothes were switched for the outgoing like clockwork. The storm windows were replaced with screens. It was a time for change…welcoming nicer weather after a long winter and getting cozy in the fall in anticipation of colder weather.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever done a real full on spring cleaning. The kind of cleaning that Martha would approve of, I mean. The super thorough cleaning that includes vacuuming the refrigerator coils, washing the walls and resealing grout lines. Do people really wash their walls? I’m thinking this might be the year I put a little more effort into getting our home into shape.
But where to even START? According to the experts decluttering is the first step, but that might take well into the fall (or more realistically, NEXT spring).
I did a “Spring Cleaning” search on the internet that took 2 seconds to provide 60,200,000 results. AHHHHH!! There are Facebook groups dedicated to offering ideas and encouragement as you whip your home into shape for spring. Google “spring cleaning checklists” and you’ll find everything you need, including 30 day challenges that might provide just the right motivation. What could be easier? Just print a checklist and get started, right? Even if my grout lines don’t get resealed this time, there’s always the fall (or more realistically, NEXT spring).
Is spring cleaning a yearly ritual for you or are you just trying to keep up with the never ending laundry and making sure all family members and pets are fed? Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to hear them!
About the Author:
Karen Pearson is one of the friendly voices you’ll hear on the other end of the phone when calling Customer Service at Mabel’s Labels. She enjoys writing about her family, which includes a husband, 3 kids and a rescue dog from Greece.