March Madness, Spring Break and Spring Cleaning all coincide in a blushing tide of kinetic energy. It seems like every conversation I have lately, eventually leads to the latest task on somebody’s spring cleaning list. I have my own list of course, and I’m looking forward to tackling it.
Sometimes though, it’s really hard to know where and how to begin. I know this from experience. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a container store, purchased bins, baskets and other organizational items, only to leave them empty on a shelf somewhere. Much like buying those “green” grocery bags, only to leave them in the car when I go to the grocery store.
This year, I’m going to do things a little differently. Instead of reading Martha Stewart’s list of things I need to buy in order to start cleaning, I’m going to work on getting inspired from within. All the scrubbers, chemicals, buckets, soap, towels and the like, won’t actually get the job done…it’s me and the willingness to do it. I don’t know about you, but it takes a good dose of inspiration to actually get started. So here’s how I’m going to embrace (tackle) my Spring Cleaning list:
1) Start with the surface: speckles of dirt along with smudges, smears and spots adorn the inside and outside of my house. Windows will be the first thing on my list. There are still water marks from when my husband tried to help with this chore in the fall…a full six months ago. I’ve been staring at these watermarks while doing dishes vowing to re-clean all this time. Well the time has come. Inspiration from within: think of all the beautiful flowers, green grass, children playing, sunshine, dogs running, etc. that I want to see when I’m cooking or washing dishes in the kitchen.
2) Move on to the purge: It’s easier to organize when you’ve purged items that you no longer want and no longer use. There are many things I hang on to because they were gifts, but I’ve now given myself permission to throw things out or give things away. I’m not a fan of re-gifting an item, but giving it away is fine (just be sure not to give it to the person who gave it to you). With the kids home from school these next two weeks, we are going to purge their bedrooms. Inspiration from within: using our imaginations and allow the kids to plan their spaces, encouraging them to get rid of things they don’t like or play with, look through a bedroom book and pick out paint colors.
3) Now to organize: I actually love doing this, the problem lies in keeping things maintained. I don’t have a solution for this. Experts say to “do it now” or “touch it once” but life happens and interruptions are a constant. So to get started I’m going to go through and find all those empty baskets and bins and assign a purpose for each one. Inspiration from within: to alleviate feeling foolish about my container fetish.
I don’t know if any of this is helpful to you or not. If you have a method that works, please share it here. We could all use some inspiration, and I’d love to know how you get inspired.