I’m sure that my grandmother spring cleaned her home but I never have. I just don’t have the huge block of time to set aside for a whole week just for cleaning. Maybe you do have that kind of time. If so, you can pass GO and spend time on Pinterest instead of reading my tips on how to avoid spring cleaning.
This isn’t really as complicated as it might look. Everything looks complicated to me when I am overwhelmed with the fullness of my life. You too?!
5 Tips on How To Avoid Spring Cleaning
1. Divide your home into 5 Zones. Whether you live in a small home or not, you likely have more than 5 rooms. This is how I have divided my home. You might want to adjust this to fit yours:
- Zone 1: Entrance/stairway/front porch/kitchen (I have no dining room)
- Zone 2: Kitchen/back porch/laundry room/pantry – Yes! I have listed the kitchen again. I know that. We live in the kitchen, literally. Besides, I have weeks that I am just not motivated or life gets in the way and the kitchen suffers and I don’t get beyond the basics. We live ‘real’ at our home and although it is usually picked up at the end of the day, that doesn’t mean that a room couldn’t have some deeper cleaning.
- Zone 3: Main bathroom/kids’ bedrooms/extra room – Who has extra rooms while raising kids?? Don’t overwhelm yourself by cleaning all your children’s bedrooms all in one week. Wait until you rotate back to zone 3 again.
- Zone 4: Master bedroom/bathroom/closet – This should be the most special room in your whole home. Even if you are just married and your finances are non-existent like they were for us, you can be creative and make a sweet room for the two of you!!
- Zone 5: Living room/family room – If you have both a living room and family room, concentrate on just one as you rotate through the zones. Don’t obsess!! Just do no more than 5 tasks on the detailed cleaning list you will make.
2. Make a detailed cleaning list for each Zone – Your home is different than mine so your list might be unique to your home. Think through all the tasks you might do when you deep clean each room and type them out. Print them and add them to your Home Management Binder. I also used to put the printed list in a plastic protector sheet and tape it inside a cabinet. That way, the child cleaning that room knew what needed to be done.
3. Start by decluttering one Zone a week – Before you actually start cleaning a Zone, you need to declutter the room under attack!! So, for the first round or two through the Zones, you will want to spend the week concentrating on decluttering. Leave the dust and cobwebs until you have life in that room under control. You will need 4 baskets. One for throw away, one for returns, one for organizing, and one for recycle. Be ruthless and simplify your life. Just be sure never to throw away your husband’s belongings without asking first. Ask me how I know!!
4. Work through 5 tasks a week on that week’s Zone – Don’t bite off more than you can chew!! Remember we are avoiding spring cleaning and simplifying our fast paced technological life. Don’t obsess and don’t get in a cleaning frenzy. Just do 5 tasks. If you listen to me, this method will work. If not, you will give up and get discouraged and your home will become a cluttered mess.
5. Repeat the 5 Zones and keep working through the detailed cleaning list – After working through each Zone for 5 weeks, start on Zone 1 again. If you kept your printed detailed cleaning lists within plastic protector sheets, you will be able to use a dry erase marker to check off finished tasks. That way you will know where you left off when you loop through the Zones again.
Like anything, a little more work at the beginning means easier work as you go along. Once your home is decluttered and simplified, you will find cleaning a breeze. Spending a week deep cleaning each spring is not happening. What has been happening is that I continually avoid spring cleaning by rotating through 5 Zones in my home to keep it sparkling year round.
My home isn’t spotless nor is it dusted too often (that goes in spurts) but maybe if I wore my pearls and put on some heals and changed my name to June Cleaver?? Instead I am content as I look to warmer weather knowing that I have again avoided spring cleaning!!
Do you have some tips to add on how to avoid spring cleaning?
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