Still, there is something about spring that gets me crazy with the need to purge, clean and refresh. I want to take on new home improvement projects, scrub up unseen corners and toss random messes from every closet.
No one is pressuring me to take on more, or present some house that resembles those from Better Home & Gardens, but I want to see progress.
Thankfully, my husband obliges my madness. He’ll take the honey-do list and enlist help from his dad for minor projects. We talk about more major projects and figure out if we want to shell out funds this year.
Pinterest has likely made my spring cleaning obsession worse. Just check out my boards and you know I’m lusting after hard wood floors, a refaced fireplace and hardscape work in the back.
If only money was no object, right?
So this year, I’m trying really hard to bite off small tasks. I liked Gretchen Rubin’s suggestion of taking it one shelf at a time. If I look at my house clutter in its entirety, I become completely crazy and depressed, but if I look at tackling just one medicine cabinet, or one kitchen cabinet, I can survive – and so can my family.
I know many working moms suggest hiring help for house cleaning, which I now do once a month, but you can’t outsource the clutter and minor projects.
I have to weed through the kids’ closets and shred the old papers. I need to file away old pictures and clean out the junk door. I need to pick out the shelving I want in the bathroom, or the paint color for the bedroom.
There is never enough time, but I’m trying really hard this season to not get myself worked up about unrealistic expectations and projects that can happen in time.
Do you struggle with the spring cleaning process?
How do you find time to get to all of these extra tasks?