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As a mom I feel as though I am constantly cleaning…and often without the results to prove it. If you’re a mom, parent or caregiver I know you know exactly what I mean. All your hard work is undone in the blink of an eye! When spring comes around we tend to plan for some deeper cleaning and organizing and I’m all about jumping in on the trend and in getting my husband and daughter involved.
In Japan the new year is when the yearly cleaning is done, but I just had a new baby at Christmas and being half Japanese and half American, I figure that gives me permission to take from the new year UNTIL the spring to get it all done. Pretty realistic time-frame with two kids, four pets and a husband, don’t you think? I have actually been trying really hard the past 12-15 months to de-clutter the whole house by tackling one area, closet, room or item at a time. I have really make strides, and I am this close to making it to the “maintenance” stage where I just need to maintain the organization, keep myself from buying things I don’t need and regularly purging the things we don’t need or use.
All of the de-cluttering and organizing has actually made cleaning a lot easier, because there is less to pick up ahead of time, and my favorite storage solution for my kids’ things are cute storage bins! All you do is toss things in, but it looks cuter and neater when it is contained. We also got a storage ottoman which houses some toys in the living room as well as quilts and it keeps it off the couches and floor. It is still a work in progress, and my husband always gives me a hard time, because I always rearrange or change things when I think of another solution that might work better. Have you found a good way to keep your kids’ (and husband’s) things in order?
I am due for some deep cleaning in certain parts of the house and some more organizing and rearranging to make more room for baby’s things. So my plan for this spring’s cleaning will be to allow myself a month to get the major things done, and I can give myself approximately a week to finish each major task. This way I won’t get (as) behind on my other chores and work by trying to do everything all at once and it’s more realistic with kids to break down the spring cleaning tasks. Blogging about this is the most organized I have been so far in my planning, so hopefully this year will be a successful month of spring cleaning!
Game Plan & Goals:
Week 1: Deep Clean Bathrooms, de-clutter under the cabinets and try to maintain weekly
Week 2: De-Clutter Laundry Room, try not to leave anything non-laundry related on the W/D and scrub them down
Week 3: Organize and label my craft and sewing supplies, and try not to buy anymore things until I use what I already have!
Week 4: Shampoo bedroom carpets and maintain monthly (in addition to necessary spot cleaning)
Week 5: Finish going through, organizing and de-cluttering storage tubs in garage, sweep and hose down garage floor, and try and keep things off the floor for easier maintenance
The bathroom scrub down will be my first task I will start this week and I saved the garage cleaning for the end in hopes that the weather will be nicer out and my daughter and dogs can play in the front yard while my husband and I tidy up (although she will inevitably want a turn with the hose once we turn it on). I am pretty picky about the cleaning supplies I use to maintain my home and although I rarely have any bleach in the house, I use bleach products in the bathrooms. Particularly for the toilets, because they get icky, germy and I shudder at the thought of e.coli and other yuckies looming about.
I also lean towards reusable, greener more sustainable means of cleaning with rags and cloth pads, but I typically use paper towels to clean the toilets anyways, because I am not comfortable using a reusable cloth at this point. Since I am making garbage anyways, it was easier to rationalize a disposable cleaning head for a good weekly or bi-monthly scrub down of the toilet bowl. It makes clean up after clean up easier, so I am more likely to tackle the task. Oh, and our current toilet bowl brushes? Especially after watching the video above, I think they are going out in the trash tomorrow morning.
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