Spring is such a beautiful time of the year. It brings with it so many fresh beginnings and beautiful starts. I love to see the daffodils pop up around my yard. I love the sounds of children playing outside. I love the smell of freshly cut grass. I also love the idea of a SPRING CLEANED home! Of course I clean all year-long, but there is something about a deep spring cleaning that is just so refreshing and when it is done, I feel so accomplished! Now this year, I have had a harder time getting into my normal spring cleaning routine where I dedicate a weekend to getting through the whole house and cleaning every nook and cranny. Life has just been a bit hectic for my family and I needed a new approach. Because I find myself having a 5 minute window of time here, or even a few hours there to clean instead of a whole day, I decided to break down spring cleaning into periods of time. This also got me thinking about the best way to organize my task list.
Introducing the Spring Cleaning Box
This spring cleaning box was created by me with some help from my gracious hubby. We wrote down all the tasks we need to complete onto small cards that fit inside this beautiful box I got at HomeGoods. (my favorite store ever!) I also created some dividers that I cut from file folders that I thought fit the spring theme so well!
I labeled the dividers by time categories and behind that I put all the tasks that take that amount of time to complete. This way, if I do find myself with 5 minutes of time, I can grab one of the cards from the 5 minute category and complete that task. Once a task is completed, it gets put to the back in the completed area. The good thing is that my hubby can do the same. With my weekly traveling for work, giving my hubby an easy task list of what needs to get done when he has a few minutes to clean will hopefully allow us to get through our spring cleaning…slowly but surely. I am sure there are others out there that need to break up your cleaning schedule either because of crazy schedules like my hubby and I, or even limitations physically that don’t allow you to clean for long periods of time. Now this box was created this year, and we are definitely going to test it out to see how it works, but so far, I love it. I feel like it has relieved some of the pressure I put on myself to have the house deeply cleaned the first week of spring. It has definitely given me a new perspective or approach on cleaning that I think I am going to take and transition into our daily/weekly cleaning schedules as well. Let me know your thoughts on this spring cleaning strategy. And, of course, I want to hear how you tackle your spring cleaning!
Here are some other great articles on spring cleaning that I think are a must read:
Spring Cleaning your Mindset – Make your Perfect
5 Easy Steps for Spring Cleaning your Pantry – Bake Sale Boss
Spring Cleaning a Child’s Room – Gladly Made
Effective Strategies for a Closet Purge – 2Morrows Dress