That is the feeling that consumes me when I think about spring cleaning. I don’t even know where to start. What do I want to do first? What needs to be done? What can I do while the kids are up? What needs to be saved for the weekends? What projects can be done quickly?
Those are the things that have been going through my head all month. There have been so many days where I have cleaning on my list to start and it doesn’t happen. Why? Because I was overwhelmed by everything I had/ have to do.
So, for the past few weeks, I’ve been tackling things here and there without a plan. The kids closets are cleaned out, clothes have been given to friends or donated. Pantry was cleaned out yesterday and I organized a few kitchen cabinets. That is the extent of spring cleaning that has been accomplished in my house.
I realized that I needed something to help me keep organized with what I wanted to accomplish. My personal goal with spring cleaning is to go through each and every room in my house. In each room, I want to clean out the old, with a pile to donate and another to trash. From there, things have to actually be cleaned. Whether it’s vacuuming, scrubbing, washing, or dusting. Last, I want to look at the function of the room. What is missing, what needs to be revamped or reorganized? What projects need to be added to the list?
So I did what I do best and made a list. You should know by now that I LOVE my lists. It may be something that drives my husband crazy but it’s how my mind works, how I get things accomplished and crossing things off just makes me happy.
Let me tell you how I’m using this printable and how it’s already made me more productive. I broke things down by room. I put a few of these pages on a clipboard and went through my house room by room. I made a list of everything I wanted to clean from baseboards to blinds. From there, I noted what needed to be cleaned out and organized. Last, I added notes like find lamps for table or need new pictures for frames. I did this for each room in my house. Now looking at the lists all together is a tad overwhelming but at least now I know where to start. Room by room, I’ll get through it. A few times a day where all hell isn’t breaking lose in my house, I tackle something on the list. Even if I only have 5 minutes, there is something I can check off. It may take until next year until everything is checked off, but better than not getting anything done at all! You can find your free printable below.
Tell me, have you tackled your spring cleaning yet? What motivates to you get it done?
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