March 1, 2021
The purpose of Preparation week is to get our checklists ready, get supplies ready, and prepare for spring cleaning. If you have any questions, feel overwhelmed, or don’t know where to start, please contact me and ask for help. I am here to help you succeed! We’ll also be cleaning the laundry room and preparing for the spring cleaning of our homes this month.
I’ll share a full post with more details tomorrow Spring cleaning sale in the shop this week, but it’s LIVE now if you want Fill your shopping cart and fill in! I have marked some products in the shop so that you will receive a 10% discount on top of the sales prices. The Homekeeping Planner and the weekly wall calendar are on sale, all printouts are tagged, essential oils are on sale to sell something new, and so much more! (Hopefully the laundry powders will be back in stock later this week – if not, they will go on sale as soon as they come back!) Use the coupon code SPRINGCLEANSALE You will receive a 10% discount on your entire order on the products in the shop and you can use the same voucher code SPRINGCLEANSALE for $ 10 off a new subscription to the Homekeeping Society – This voucher is valid for the monthly AND annual plans! This is the last time I have a voucher for the Homekeeping Society before December (just for your information).
- Prepare your supplies (hopefully the Spring cleaning sale will help with that!) I’ll be back on Wednesday with the 3 DIY cleaners you can use to clean your whole house in spring and on Thursday with 5 must-have spring cleaning tools. I look forward to helping you with the spring cleaning of your home!
- Clean your laundry room – Hopefully this is an easy task for you this week. Spend a little time cleaning your washer and dryer and laundry room. Bonus points for doing laundry this week too!
Here’s how to brush in the spring when you don’t have time
Spring cleaning takes time, but so does regular cleaning. It’s maintenance, and if you spend a few minutes cleaning a little each day, you will save all week of time. I know spring begins in our home when the children’s activities start and the schedules fill up. If you are cleaning or planning to clean in the spring, how do you take the time? Take a look at your schedule or your day and look for a few time slots to move around in. Do you think you don’t have time? Take a look at your phone usage and I bet you have at least 15-30 minutes to save on most days. Think about the time that you don’t waste time, but cleaning and tidying up will save you time and feel better in the long run too.
Take your time. Decide when to take the time to do some spring cleaning and write it down. Gone all day and exhausted when you get home? Pick 2-3 days a week to do a task or two before going to work or when you get home. Ask your family members for help. It has been known that I pay in the form of ice cream or a special toy in return for help. There is nothing magical about the weekdays – if you want to set aside Saturday morning for the month of March and tackle the cleansing, go for it. Make up your mind with a little bit at home all day and decide when is the best time for spring cleaning. Be aware, however, that this may not happen the way you intended it to. Be flexible and realistic. If you have preschoolers, make them a spring cleaning bucket (feather duster, water in a spray bottle, and a microfiber or cotton cleaning cloth) and let them help you.
Look at your mindset. Be positive and do your best and most importantly, have fun cleaning. Spring cleaning is a good time – your home is ready for spring and summer, and you will feel better about yourself. Don’t worry about how long it will take you to do the cleanup, do your best, work at your own pace, and enjoy the process.
All contributions to the Spring Clean with Me series can be found here.
Rather than looking at a huge to-do list of all of the things you don’t know when to get there, think of this as more of an everyday approach to spring cleaning. Just like with the Clean Mama routine, you will think “something every day”. It doesn’t have to be all, but if you add a task or two every day in March (and April if necessary) you’ll find that you have almost lured yourself into spring cleaning. I love, love, love spring cleaning and I love sharing my tips and tricks with you. I want you to enjoy it a little too.
Here’s your checklist to get you started:
- CONSEQUENCES: Make sure to join on Instagram @cleanmama
- SUBSCRIBE TO: If you have not subscribed to the blog, you can do so by putting your name and email address on the FREE PRINTABLE PAGE
- DOWNLOAD + PRINT: Once you’ve received the password (you only need to enter your email address ONE TIME) check out the Spring Cleaning Checklist on the FREE PRINTABLE PAGE – this is what we are tracking for the month of March.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS: Spread the word on your social media and tag me so I can share too! Cleaning with friends is always more fun!
VIEW EVERY MONDAY FOR NEW POST: Every Monday for the month of March, I’ll work out the plan for the week, tell you how I’m approaching spring cleaning, and then I’ll have a post or two during each week to help with the tasks for the week. Make sure to check Instagram for DAILY updates from Clean Mama HQ (my house).
SPRING CLEANING IS THE MONTHLY FOCUS FOR MARCH: You can find the monthly focus in the Homekeeping Planner and in the subscription to the Homekeeping Society. If you’re looking to work with a small group, join the Homekeeping Society for assistance!
SPRING CLEANING WITH ME SCHEDULE – I’ll link the posts when we go!
WEEK 1: Preparation week + laundry room
WEEK 2: dusting + wiping
WEEK 3: Thoroughly clean the kitchen
WEEK 4: Windows + bathroom
WEEK 5: beds + floors
NEW? START HERE!
Follow the Clean Mama Routine – If you haven’t tried the Clean Mama routine but want to do a spring cleaning, Start with the daily chores and add spring cleaning to these OR set a timer for 15 minutes a day and do what you can. I’ve developed and refined the Clean Mama routine for the past 15 to 20 years – the final improvements you see today are the result of more than 60 hours a week, traveling for my job, the launch of Clean Mama, and the Pregnancy with our third. As the routine helped us keep our home tidy during this chaotic time, when the last thing I wanted to do was clean, I knew I was up to something. You’re too busy not to try – trust me! Here is a post to help you figure out how to do the routine in a busy life.
As you familiarize yourself with the Clean Mama Routine, it will take less time and you will develop habits that will help you keep your home consistently clean. I share my weekly tasks on Instagram every day – follow here: @cleanmama
You can find these downloads on the Free Printouts page. If you need a detailed guide, you can download it:
The Clean Mama routine is also available in the Cozi + Clean Mama app. Here you can sign up!Are you ready to go I’ll be back later this week with a post on my favorite DIY cleaning recipes for spring cleaning, an in-store sale, and more!