Spring Cleaning

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  March 25, 2013 — 5 Comments

Even though it doesn’t look much like spring for most of the country this morning, I’ve been plagued these last few days with an urgent need to clean, purge, sort, and organize. Of course it always looks worse before it looks better so I don’t have any stunning “after” photos to show off–none of it is really amazing transformative work anyway, just the kind of stuff that makes me happy. There’s something about a well-organized drawer that just fills my heart with a sense of peace.

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I am not the kind of girl to be flipping my mattress and wiping out my washing machine each spring–it’s more like catching up on all the basic stuff I slack on the rest of the year. My kitchen counters are completely clear for the first time in months, outgrown baby gear is stowed away, and there’s a growing pile of items I no longer want, need, or love ready to head off to the Goodwill (as well as a box of barely used baby accoutrement I’ve listed for sale on my local buy/sell/swap group–mama needs some spending money!). Sometimes I beat myself up about my lackluster housekeeping habits, but the truth is that I just really am not cut out for it. I’m not detail oriented and I get overwhelmed by the magnitude of it. The truth is that I fantasize regularly about hiring a cleaning lady. I would have totally mocked a stay at home mom who hired a cleaning lady before I actually had a child–now I realize that just because I’m home most of the day doesn’t mean I have time to clean (or despise it any less!). I’m much better about keeping things tidy and organized than I am about the actual cleaning–you know, the mopping of floors and wiping of baseboards, etc. Don’t even ask me about dusting. I haven’t done it in years.

So that’s what we’re up to this week. Clearing out, sorting, donating, and reorganizing, one shelf/drawer/box at a time. It’s a constant effort, but one that’s so worth it to have a home with room to grow.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


5 responses to Spring Cleaning

  1. I dusted our bedroom for the first time since November. To say it was overdue is an unbelievable understatement. I have all of these grand plans for cleaning because I actually enjoy the process. But what I would like to know is exactly how am I supposed to do that with a toddler who pulls on me and wants me to play with his blocks? The dust rag is not nearly as cute as Stephen so he always wins.

  2. I try to use the Flylady system. It breaks it down into small things that I can manage in small time increments of 15 minutes with a daily email reminder. It was a lifesaver to me. You should check it out.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap March 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Love me some Flylady! I’ve been following her for years. I haven’t gotten the emails in a while though.

      • You know, I stopped getting them for awhile too for some reason. I went back and resubscribed and now I’m bombarded with them again.

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