I have an “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” when it comes to a project I decide to do. In other words, any schedule or routine fly right out of my head as I work at the task at hand, often forgetting to eat and going from one thing to the other without completing what I set out to do.
Spring cleaning is not something I always do but suddenly last Friday the mood to clean the whole house struck me!
I even decided to blog about it.
Like usual, the goal I set for myself was unrealistic.
Can you believe that I thought that I could clean the whole house?
My children aren’t even home to help!!
I was dauntless and THAT is exactly what I set out to do!!
Do you spring clean?
If you don’t, you are NOT alone.
For years the thought was foreign to me. I had no idea that anyone thoroughly cleaned everything all in one week. I never did spring clean all the years that I was raising our kids.
I’ll be getting our home a little cleaner this week and sharing about it. BUT. I will be realistic and only share what I actually do.
If you have time and this motivates you, clean along with me or during any month that the mood hits and time allows.
Let’s be honest. When you are raising your kiddos, time is of essence and a clean home is not as important as being with your children.
If your children have grown up and your nest is empty, time is still of essence because somehow all those hours are filled with new activites.
Preparing the Right Attitude
If you have a bad attitude for any reason, cleaning will not be the project that sets your spirit right. Getting motivated for a huge cleaning day will be miserable if you are not happy and filled with joy.
Starting off your day in God’s Word goes a long way in preparing the right attitude.
If your children will be helping you, your attitude will be reflected quickly as the day gets started and things don’t go exactly right.
Even if your children are grown, you will be surprised to listen to what you are saying to yourself.
Are you thinking this really isn’t your job because your children used to do most of the cleaning?
Our thoughts can be subtle and can go unnoticed until we train ourselves to start listening to what we are saying in our head.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” ~2 Corinthians 10:5~
Decluttering is the first Step in Spring Cleaning
Deep cleaning or spring cleaning your home would be very difficult to do if your home was cluttered.
- Using 4 Boxes: Label one “Throw Away”, the next “Good Will” another “Give Away” and the last “Put Away.”
- Ruthlessly Declutter: Go through each room picking up the clutter on the floor, flat surfaces, beds, sofas, or wherever it has been left. Don’t worry about who left it out, just have a servant heart and put it away.
How to Keep Yourself Motivated
A big project can be daunting so never do what I did last Friday!!
Be realistic in setting your goals. My goals were only in my head and yet they were goals just the same.
Instead of being realistic and setting out to do what was possible to tackle in just one day, I “OCDed” and my expectations set me up for failure!
Choose to do one room a day, or each week and that will more likely keep you motivated.
Whatever you manage to accomplish won’t be enough so you will not look with satisfaction on a job well done at the end of the day.
Why it is Next to Impossible to Spring Clean
Most kids are rambunctious and cleaning is NOT on their agenda.
Spring cleaning is NOT a good idea when you are growing kids. It is a sure recipe for frustration (on your part).
Ask me how I know!!
My suggestion is NOT to listen to all the voices out in the blogosphere that are promoting spring cleaning unless you take a relaxed approach and do what you can, one day each week.
Why My Spring Cleaning was Impossible on the First Day
Promise you won’t laugh or think I am an ‘air-head’?
I decided to start with my bathroom but OCDed on it and two hours later . . . the house was turned upside down.
I start one thing and see another and start that too.
Ultimately nothing gets done and I end up with curtains (that I had washed 2 days ago) desperately need to be hung up, the shower curtain was thrown into the laundry and also needs hanging up, the chairs and benches are out of the kitchen and the floor was washed . . .
My husband texts me, reminding me that a speaker and his wife are staying with us that evening.
I hurry to put the house to rights and turn my OCDness to mentally planning supper. I have to get to the store also because of course, we are out of the essentials.
So, glad my husband sent the text!!
It doesn’t matter whether it is the behavior of your children or a forgotten guest that will soon arrive. Spring cleaning isn’t the end result and definitely isn’t godliness.
People come to visit YOU and NOT to see a house on display.
Learn to pick up after yourself and your family and that will go a long way to making your home look clean even when you haven’t done hardly any spring cleaning.
As you read this little impromptu mini-series, keep your heart and mind in focus and “be” in the moment enjoying your family and accept your limitations and do only what you can.
My Challenge to YOU: Chose only ONE thing from this post or from this series to focus on and do this week. Just one. Share what you will be doing and let’s have a little connecting and fellowship with each other.
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