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March 21st, 2014 at 8:00 am

Tackling Spring Cleaning with a Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist

The is no better feeling then going through spring and starting summer with a clean, organized and simplified home. My first act of business is making a list. Lucky for you, I have a printable for you that contains a checklist of all the important items to tackle when doing spring cleaning.

How do I use the checklist to tackle my spring cleaning?

First, I gather all my cleaning supplies. Whether you use a tote, bucket or basket, gather all the needed supplies together and you are ready to go. Yesterday Liz wrote a great post that details recipes to make your own cleaning supplies. I also like to gather microfiber cloths for dusting, a wet rag, and paper toweling. Remember to also print out your checklist and have a writing utensil ready to go.

I then work my way down the list room by room. As I go through each room I like to note of details – do the walls need painting, does something need replacing, or do we maybe need to change up some decor? This is a great place to keep track of the items as you notice them. Also, I like to carry two boxes with me. One is to put things I need to get rid of and the other is for things that belong elsewhere. Some people like to sort the “get rid of” box into donate or trash right away, but I usually wait till I finish each room. As I finish each room I empty my boxes and exchange any cleaning supplies that are needed.

Some people tackle spring cleaning in a weekend, but that is way too much cleaning for me to do all at the same time, as it is not my favorite chore. I usually tackle a of couple areas a week and complete my entire home over the period of a month.

How do you tackle your Spring Cleaning?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.



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August 15th, 2011 at 5:00 am

The Freshness of the “New Year”

I always feel like the start of a new School Year is more my “new year” than the actual January 1. It is a fresh start to our “organized” year and I’ve had several months of some down time to evaluate things in my household.

So, as I get ready this week for the start of school in the next two weeks I have started thinking about my goals and aspirations for the next year. Then in January I will review where I am at and what I need to do to get there!

What do I do to get ready for a new year?

I buy a new calendar. I sit down and enter all the important dates, the new school calendar, and any potential events that I would like to attend. Then I go through the papers I have saved over the summer and process them. I either file them, toss them or use them to put an item on my to do list. I also look at the calendar and try to figure out what activities the boys will be participating in for the fall and winter.

I make a bunch of lists. Let me run down the lists I write:

  • School/Fall Clothes that are needed
  • Fall Cleaning List
  • Honey Do items that got forgotten over the summer
  • Christmas to do list
  • Christmas Gift List

These list help me to write my goals. One of my goals this year is to SIMPLIFY. This pertains to how my family handles holidays, our finances, the clutter in our house, and the things we take on in life.

Now I have a plan and can conquer the “New Year”! What do you do to organize and start your “New Year” off right?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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