I didn’t care this morning that it was still below freezing. It’s spring and time to get outside and spring clean the yard!
Who says that spring cleaning is just for inside the house?!
Getting outside is so good for you because being out in the fresh air and sunshine, even on an overcast day will give you plenty of vitamin D to boost your happiness index. If you’ve never heard of the ‘happiness index’ that is because I think I just coined the phrase.
Yep. Nothing on Google.
Let’s get right to the point. Your yard needs work whether it is a tiny yard like we had when we were first married or a bigger yard like we have had for years. There are always things to do outside to prepare for planting flowers, shrubs, or a garden in the Spring.
Do you have trees in your yard?
Do you live where the leaves drop in the fall?
Even if you don’t, coconuts fell off our palm trees in our yard where I lived in high school. So go spring clean whatever needs doing where you live.
I like getting outside first thing in the morning. In fact, I like getting outside in the afternoon.
This morning, I went outside and raked up all the pieces of wood that drop off when I bring in wood into the house during the winter.
I took the tarp and stretched it out so it can dry and be put away. I picked up the cover that had blown off the generator (we loose power sometimes) and filled up the wheelbarrow with the wood chips and sticks.
Then I went and gathered sticks and branches that had dropped from the trees during the winter. I cleaned the yard on one side of the house and the whole backyard.
Tomorrow, I hope to do the other side and the front yard.
Then I picked up some scraps of sheet rock that was thrown into the edge of the woods and put them into the wheelbarrow. That’s where it ended. My husband will help me move it.
It felt so invigorating to get outside and work. I wondered why the kids ever complained about cleaning the backyard!
If they had focused on how they did not want to do the job, they would have missed the blessing of feeling that surge of satisfaction for a job well done. There is something about looking at how clean the backyard was that spurred me on to do more tomorrow!
After I have finished cleaning the sticks out of the backyard, I will rake the leaves from around the edge of the yard and trees. If this isn’t done, the woods will gradually take over the yard.
Ever seen a yard that is neglected over the years? The bushes are literally taller than the house, grass is knee deep, and everything is a shambles!
Get Your Children Involved
Yard work isn’t just for adults. A child who is about 4 might just love helping. Teaching them early will give them instruction in diligence. Who doesn’t need that in a day when young people have little to no knowledge of work ethics.
For older kids, it is so important that they learn to work along side you. Don’t just send them out to pick up rocks and sticks if you have never worked along side them. Let them see you also being diligent and working hard.
Why Else Would I Clean the Yard?
Well, you and I both need to get off the computer!!
My husband works long hours and comes home tired. Yes, I know, I get tired too and homeschooled, cleaned the house, cooked, and cared for the children. No excuses.
If something will help make my husband’s load lighter, then I am “in!”
When I do something extra to help my husband, I can’t wait until he comes home to see!
It saves me up points for when he is disgruntled with me. We have a ‘real’ marriage and not one of those story book ones. I am still working on my marriage.
Challenge: Get outside this week and spring clean your yard for 30 – 60 minutes with your kiddos. You’ll be glad you did!!
What spring cleaning jobs does your yard need this week?