I am trying to be enthusiastic. Unfortunately, I have no idea where to start. No one said that I would have tons of play mats, activity sets and toys that she would out grow. Yes, it's common sense-but no one told me!
Luckily I found someone who *LOVES* Spring Cleaning. Here are Kelly's tips on how to begin. She's the author of a great site - The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.
Before you begin, Here are some extra spring cleaning tips:
- Set aside at least a week for a thorough spring cleaning. Work from one end of your house to the other.
- Plan some easy meals for the days you will spend cleaning. Consider using your slow cooker. A crockpot full of stew at the end of a day of intense cleaning is a beautiful thing!
- As you clean, keep a list of any jobs you notice that need to be done around the house: little paint touch-ups or a pillow that needs to be mended. Don't get distracted by these chores during your cleaning, save them for when you are done. (Or else you may never be done!)
- Keep another list of things you notice you need. Especially when you clean out your fridge and pantry, you will probably become aware of some supplies you are out of or running low on.
- Take an empty laundry basket and pile in it anything you need your hubby to sort through (miscellaneous receipts you're not sure you need to keep, random bolts and screws you've found in his pocket a year ago but you're afraid to get rid of because if you do he's sure to come to you tomorrow asking if you've seen that little bolt that is vital for something or other, that singing Christmas tie you're really hoping he'll finally part with... you get the point!) Ask him to sort through the basket when he has a chance.
How do you manage your home and Spring Cleaning?