It’s Workin’ It Wednesday.
The second Wednesday of every month, Erika and I host a link up where we talk about how we’re workin’ it in certain areas of our life (and then ask you to share your advice/tips/tricks on the subject too).
So far this year, we’ve discussed these topics:
Okay, I’m going to be really honest here…I don’t feel well.
It’s Monday afternoon right now as I type this and I’ve basically been sick since 3:00 AM on Sunday morning…BUT…I wanted to make sure I posted in my own link up, so here we go. I’m going to share a few tips and then hopefully, you’ll share a bunch. I’m going to do an entire post on that Unstuffed book I read in March coming up soon, so if I miss something, hopefully, I’ll catch it then. I’m going to blog a bit now and then go take a nap. #wordsyouneverhearmesay
So, I love spring cleaning. And fall cleaning. And winter cleaning. Summer cleaning too.
My name is Shay and I thoroughly enjoy cleaning out my house.
Nothing gives me joy more than hauling a bunch of stuff out that I don’t need/use/want any more. Over the years, I have tried several different ways to spring clean and the more kids I have and the more I work, the more my methods change. I used to block off an entire day and dedicate it just to spring cleaning. Now though, that’s too tricky. With little ones running around and daily business to attend to, I find it difficult to commit a whole day to spring cleaning, so I do a little bit at a time over about a month. I know…it’s not the same as that euphoric feeling at the end of the day when you’re done cleaning…but, it’s better than nothing, right?! Here’s my key to how I do it…I use lists and mini blocks of time.
Every day in April, I have been cleaning/organizing/purging something. Sometimes, I have 5 minutes and sometimes, I have an hour. I always keep a list on my desk of things that I need to do around my house. If I notice the baseboards are gross, I don’t stop and clean them right then (because typically when I notice, it’s not a good time to stop and clean), I just add that to my list. Then, every day, I see how much time I have and check something off of my list. In five minutes, I can clean out the pen/tape/scissors/a.k.a. junk drawer but in 50 minutes, I can completely organize and purge the play room. After I feel like I’ve cleared everything off of my list, then I wait until the next season (so for me, maybe mid-summer) and then do it again. Keeping a list also helps me from getting distracted. I don’t know about you…but I can be in the middle of cleaning out puzzles and games in one closet and glance at the ceiling fans and think “geez, they’re dusty” and then before you know it, I’m left the game closet and am cleaning fans and always run out of time and neither thing gets accomplished. So, a list helps me from forgetting and keeps me on task.
Right now, this is my list…
…it’s not that lengthy (because I really do try and clean out my house about four times a year), but it’s things that I can stop and clean out daily. For me, stopping and doing something small every day is just more feasible than taking an entire day to do it all. This list gets longer and then shorter and I just mark something off daily as I go.
I also keep another list in this little notebook…
…I keep a list of things I need to buy as I clean. I don’t know about you…but as I’m cleaning out things, I notice that “geez, Ashby is almost five and yet all of her undies are a size 2T…I should probably buy her some more!”. So, I keep a list of things I need to go back later and buy because if I don’t, I will forget. (And my sweet almost five year old will be walking around in 2T underwear!)
Here are some other things we do around here for spring cleaning:
1: Right now, I have a friend who is pulling together a garage sale for an adoption, so we are really trying to find items in our house for her to sell. This has been a big motivator for not only Andrew and me but the kids too! I love a good garage sale and especially one for such a worthy cause!
2: We divide everything into piles: trash, donate, recycle, pass down. I’m going to be honest, my kids have a very hard time with the “trash” pile. They would much rather think that something is being passed down rather than put in the trash…but between you and me, we all know that the torn artwork they did one day in church that has been crumpled up under the bed with some sort of food stain on it and is no longer even legible should really be in the trash pile and not the donate pile…so sometimes, I tell them their “trash” pile is being donated too. And by donated, I mean, donated to the recycle or trash bin 😉 .
3: This year, I have been very strict with my kids when it comes to adding things to their closet without them first taking things out. Kensington needed new swimsuits and shorts…but I told her before we could add those items to her drawers/closet, she had to bring me down a bag of clothes that did not fit her any longer for me to either pass on to Ashby or donate. She happily brought me a big bag full of things and then I was able to sort whether it went to her sister or was donated. I am not going to add more things (like new swimsuits or shorts) to drawers/closet that needs to be purged.
Okay, that’s all I have in me today. Hopefully by the time this posts on Wednesday morning, I’m back feeling like my normal self!! In the meantime, if you’re looking for me, I’ll be asleep 😉 .
Please comment and share your spring cleaning tips/tricks and ideas!!
And, if you blogged Workin’ It Wednesdays today, make sure you link up below! Next month, our topic is planning and prepping for your summer vacation and then coming up this year…
Happy Wednesday, friends!