I have been in the MOOD to clean. I go through phases where I’m into it and not into… and after a bunch of months of letting disorganization take over, I’m ready to get things back in order. The “stuff” is hands down one of the most frustrating parts of this job. It accumulates even when you feel like you are on top of it. Little piles turn into big piles way too quickly. Things are so bad right now, frankly, that I seriously considered hiring a professional organizer… but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I could do it. I just needed a plan.
MY SPRING CLEANING PLAN
I came up with my “strategy” for spring cleaning and thought I’d share with you. It’s going to take more work than just a day, or even a weekend. It’s going to have to be an ongoing situation where I chip away a little at a time.
So… to make this big task of organizing and cleaning the house top to bottom a little more manageable, I went through and created a note in my phone with everything that needs to be done. I went room by room and wrote out every task that I needed to do in that room. It looks like a lot all written out, but most of the tasks wouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
Having a game plan has made me feel like this is all doable, instead of feeling too overwhelmed to even start. And it’s so satisfying having a million things to cross off. I also have found that by doing it this way, I can carve out 20-30 minutes every day to tackle a few of the items without feeling like I need to wait until the weekend or finding a day where I can devote hours of my time. Little by little, it will get done!
(For example, yesterday, I spent about 40 minutes going through the cabinets and drawers in our dining room and donated a bunch of old dishes and mugs that we haven’t even touched since we moved into our house. Felt so good!!!)
Would love to know if you have a spring cleaning game plan… or a strategy…. or any tips you recommend!