Is your home in need of some good cleaning and organization? (Aren’t they all?) But I totally get it, cleaning can be a drag. It’s a never-ending chore. And it can be overwhelming trying to think of all the things you need to do to keep your home looking sparkly clean. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Let me share with you what spring cleaning is all about, why I’m not a fan, and what I do instead.
What is “Spring Cleaning” and Why Do People Do It?
First off, let’s talk about spring cleaning.
It’s basically the act of deep cleaning your home from top to bottom during the springtime. I know….earth-shattering. And it may sound exciting for some mamas, but not for me! I’d rather spend my weekends doing something I enjoy.
Spring is one of my favorite seasons. It is a time of rejuvenation. Flowers are blooming. Birds are singing. After cold winter days, the earth is starting to “wake up.” I also feel more “awake” and full of energy in the springtime. But when it comes to deep cleaning my whole house….I’ll pass.
Many people take advantage of this burst of energy and use this time to deep clean their houses. With the warmer weather (It really is perfect – all you need is a light jacket!😉), it is a great time to open up the windows and give them a good cleaning (AFTER the pollen is done falling).
Why I Don’t Do Spring Cleaning
Let me tell you, I am NOT a fan of “Spring Cleaning” for a few reasons. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love having a clean house (not always tidy when the kids are playing and have toys spread out all over, but clean), but seriously, who has time to deep clean the whole house in the evenings after a full day of work? And let’s be real, spending every one of my precious Saturdays cleaning during the springtime? Not happenin’!
I’ve tried the whole spring cleaning thing, and I often feel like a failure because I just can’t finish everything before summer hits. Life gets busy, you know?
Plus, can we talk about the beautiful spring days? It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the sunshine with my family. Whether it’s hiking, camping, walking, or bike riding, I want to soak up every moment and make memories that will last a lifetime.
What I Do Instead
Instead of stressing to get it all done in Spring, I’ve made a conscious decision to take a different approach. Instead of rushing through my deep cleaning tasks, I’ve decided to spread them out over the course of an entire year. Yes, you heard that right – a whole 12 months to complete what most people try to cram into just three.
By breaking down my spring cleaning jobs and allocating them to one Saturday per month or even just an hour each Saturday, I can give each task the attention it deserves. This not only allows me to maintain a cleaner and more organized living space throughout the year but also gives me the freedom to prioritize quality family time during the spring season.
The best part? This new strategy significantly reduces the stress that typically accompanies the overwhelming pressure of a time-constrained spring cleaning frenzy. It’s truly incredible how a simple shift in perspective can bring about such positive changes. I now have the luxury of dedicating more time to creating beautiful memories with my loved ones, all while staying on top of my cleaning responsibilities. It’s a win-win situation! 😄
So, if you’re like me and not a fan of spring cleaning, join me in this better way.
Deep Cleaning Schedule for Your Whole Home:
Here is the schedule I’ve made to help me stay on track and make sure all the important deep-cleaning jobs get done during the year. It’s all about making our lives easier, and I thought it might help you too.
You can follow this schedule just like me, tackling a few jobs each month, or if you’re up for it, go all out during Spring! You’ve got options, my friend! 😊
If you’re interested in more deets about how I tackle each of these cleaning tasks, feel free to check out my monthly posts. I provide step-by-step instructions and helpful tips to make the process easier and more efficient.
- January: Clean ceilings, switch plates, outlets, vents, fans, and air filters
- February: Clean light fixtures, walls, baseboards, and other trim
- March: Clean doors and trim, bedding, and mattresses; change smoke detectors batteries
- April: Clean blinds, windows, trim, curtains, and air filters
- May (Part 1): Attic organization
- May (Part 2) – Garage organization and pressure wash house
- June – Kitchen organization and clean carpets
- July (Part 1) – Dining room organization
- July (Part 2) – Bonus room and/or basement/playroom organization
- August (Part 1) – Family room and/or living room organization
- August (Part 2) – Laundry room organization
- September (Part 1)– Linen closet organization
- September (Part 2) – Pantry organization
- September (Part 3) – Entryway cleaning and organization
- October – Master bedroom organization
- November – Kids’ bedroom organization
- December – Bathroom organization
I would absolutely love for you to join me in the fun of cleaning and organizing! Let me know how the cleaning and organizing are going for you, and feel free to drop me any other tips or tricks you have for keeping your home clean and organized. Your insights and ideas are much appreciated.
And if you love printables and schedules like this one to help keep you organized & productive, check out the rest of my printables, from meal planning calendars to chore charts and packing checklists here!