spring cleaning the family home
My recent bout of illness had me looking at the house with a particularly critical eye. Everything looks filthy when you’re sick, doesn’t it? I was seeing germs and mess and scrunched up tissues everywhere and because I didn’t have the energy or inclination to do anything about it it just got worse. The house and my mood was lacklustre, to say the least.
Spring is here in all its glory but my motivation to start spring cleaning has taken a fair bit of encouragement. Alas, these past few days I seem to have found my mojo and I’m finally getting on top of the housework. But therein lies the dilemma. I’m getting on top of the housework and at a loss as to when I’ll find the time to tackle the seasonal clean that desperately needs to happen sometime soon.
Yes, the hardest thing about spring cleaning the family home is finding the time and the space to do anything more than the necessary. And let’s face it; a thorough spring clean is above and beyond the weekly chores – it requires a significant chunk of time and a fair amount of foresight and energy. This very predicament is what so many of you have mentioned in the past; it’s a valid concern and it’s one I’ve been contemplating these past few days. What with a baby who is ravenous for solid food and starting to move about the house, a convalescing preschooler and a growing list of editorial work to do, I’m seeing my spring cleaning list venture further and further towards the land of never-getting-done.
But that just won’t do.
So, I’ve reached the stage of having to be incredibly realistic (in the non idealistic sense). Will every room receive a thorough spring clean this season? No, it most definitely won’t. Some drawers and cupboards will be left in their current state of disarray and that’s perfectly fine. But there are a few areas of the home that do need my attention and I’ve placed them at the very top of the list – sensibly prioritising my spring cleaning chores is necessary this year. Very necessary.
With Poet home from preschool for another week I’ve decided it’s best to do jobs that she can easily help out with so top of the list is all the children’s clothes that I have in storage tubs. Despite my past decluttering efforts I think eight storage tubs is still too many. It’s time to approach them with a newfound sense of ruthlessness. And then? The kitchen needs a bit of an overhaul and my spring wardrobe needs a refresh. Three tasks that will hopefully get my attention over the next 10 or so days.
What’s on your realistic spring cleaning list?