Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Cleaning-Do you do it?

A few days ago, I got a random burst of energy and enthusiasm. That enthusiasm partnered with the need to clean and organize and before I knew it, I had a mental plan for how I want to clean, organize and de-clutter our entire house during the month of March. Oh boy....Why do I have to get these ideas and then feel like I really need to carry them out? Well, at least I decided that I can do this over the course of an entire month. It's not like our house is actually that dirty or disorganized. Really, I just want to go through everything, get rid of clothes that are too small for the kids, clean places that I don't normally clean (like wipe down the blinds) and feel like I'm on top of the house, so I can start more fun projects. In my mind, it makes sense to me to tackle these projects now so, that we can have a fun summer, play a lot and I won't have these projects hanging over my head. Plus, I have a list of craft projects that I want to do and it just doesn't seem right to be crafting away when the filing cabinet still has last years papers in it. Ummm yeah...maybe I'm a little over the top. 
Oh Martha, can't you come to my house?

So, here's what the game plan in my head looked like: I would clean out, de-clutter and organize just one small area of our home, 5 days a week during the month of March. I started at the end of our hall and tackled the hall closet yesterday. It was actually super easy, a fairly fast project and scratching it off the list felt great. Next up was Judah's room. The plan was that I'd clear all of his old toys out today, bag up any clothes that are too small and just clean it up really nice today. Again, it wasn't really that bad to begin with so, I figured it should be a relatively simple project. Well....today Paisley needed me. Like she needed me, a lot. She wasn't feeling well and basically, if I wasn't holding her, she was crying and freaking out. Have you ever tried to organize an entire room with a screaming baby at your feet? First you wonder if you're being selfish, then you wonder if you can get the job done with only one arm free. When you discover that doesn't work, then you start getting frustrated. The crying baby gets set on the floor, you try and continue what you're doing and then you realize that it's just not worth it today. I managed to tackle half of Judah's room today and I moved it onto tomorrow's list. I guess when you're a mom, it's all about balance and pacing yourself. Us moms are busy, we're trying to accomplish many things and I'm still realizing that I might not be able to accomplish everything that I want to, as quickly as I would like. 

My plan is still to continue on, one small space at a time. Organize, clean up and clear out. We all deserve to love our homes and even busy moms can get this stuff done, just maybe at a slower pace. 
Maybe this photo is right?

So, here's my question for you....Do you do a big spring cleaning? If so, what are your tips and tricks? If you have young children, how do you pace yourself and not get frustrated that you're not able to accomplish more? What's your game plan for spring cleaning this year? I'm almost considering doing a link party where ladies can post their cleaning strategies. What do you think?

P.S If you haven't already, head on over and enter my Natural House Cleaning Products giveaway! 

P.S.S--- Uh oh...I'm editing this post for the 3rd time now but, I can't help it. I need to jot down the fact that Judah took himself to the bathroom today, pulled his pants down, did his business, pulled them back up and then started to wash his hands, all without any assistance! He hasn't been interested in learning how to put his own clothes on so, being able to maneuver those pants up and down made me so proud that I was literally jumping with excitement. Those little milestones matter! 
This post might be linked up.

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy for Judah to be doing that "on his own"...that is great.
    I think we all struggle with choosing how to spend our time most wisely and I agree with you.."it is a balance"..we are walking the line between (what looks like) chaos and discipline...
    Mother Tereasa said "we can't do big things but we can do small things with great love"


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