Love the Moment Challenge September: Spring Cleaning

September 14, 2011

spring cleaning

It’s Spring! I love Spring. I love how nature comes to life and fills the air with a sense of hope.  I’m totally late for this month’s Love the Moment Challenge (I’ll blame going to Thailand for that — so totally worth it)  but I would still like to capitalise on what’s left of this month to do some Spring cleaning.

Does Spring cleaning really fit into the Love the Moment series?  Well, yes, I think it does. There’s a buzz in the air as Spring opens its wings. More than ever, I’m noticing all the gorgeous things around me. What I want to do is set up things here in the home so we can enjoy even more lovely moments outside, without distraction.

Step One: De Clutter

I’m not a hoarder.  I like things simple and uncluttered. However, I find it really hard to keep things simple in the house full of 6 people. It’s nuts.  One of the best ways for me to unclutter is to buy a few packing boxes and have them set up. As I go through my washing, and general housework jobs, I put things we no longer use or need into the boxes to donate to a charity.  You can pick up packing boxes from many Real Estate Agents, packing companies and Officeworks.

{one of my declutter boxes}

spring cleaning

For the next couple of days, as I walk around the house, I’m applying myself to get rid of things we don’t need.  Here’s my list:

  • Sort through children’s clothes and shoes
  • Get rid of single socks
  • Sort through toys
  • Sort through books
  • Sort through husband and my clothes
  • Sort through kitchen
  • Sort DVDs
  • Sort through linen cupboard
  • Organise pantry

Links that may help

Organising DVDs

Picklebums: How many clothes do we need

Little Eco Footprings: Six Itmes or Less Challenge

Step Two: Clean

It’s ambitious to think I can have blocks of time to clean (I find it hard to get the housework done!) but I figure if I set myself a few tasks every day, I can get through them by the end of the day. That’s the plan.

  • Wipe over desks and other surfaces with a cloth
  • Vaccuum under couches and lift up cushions and clean
  • Wipe inside bathroom cupboards
  • Air quilts on the clothes line
  • Wipe over bins, inside and out
  • Wipe surface of kitchen cupboards
  • Wipe over skirting boards
  • Clean fridge

Links that may help

Housework Tips

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Step Three: Organise

I try and keep things organised in the home but sometimes I need to gives things an overhawl. Below is my plan: 

  • Take a look at our family calendar
  • Meal planning
  • Re-organise kids room
  • Go through office paperwork
  • Memory boxes: I keep a large plastic box for each one of my children, myself and my husband. The idea is to keep special drawings, clothes and other bits and pieces I want to keep. So anything that is special, and I don’t want to donate to charity, I put in the respective memory boxes.

Links that may help

How to fold a plastic bag

Organising Children’s Toys

Facebook Update List

So basicially, I’ve given myslef 3 weeks to give the house an overhawl. I’ll be posting on my facebook page, what I’m tackling each day if you want to follow along. It seems like a lot to me, but I really don’t think it will take up too much time if I concentrate on what I need to get done everyday.

Spring Cleaning Printable Check list

If you want to following along with my Love the Moment Spring Clean, you can use this Spring Clean Check List if you like. Just click the picture for the PDF file.

{click the picture for the Spring Cleaning Check List}

spring cleaning list

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LucyNo Gravatar September 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Oh Kelly. First of all, I am spooked by the fact that we both posted wattle snaps today. And secondly, I am spring cleaning these next three weeks myself…and here you are, to organise me.

xx

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Freaky!! HA! Well, I’m using my blog to organise me. There’s nothing like post it online to keep me in check. You’re special xx

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katepickleNo Gravatar September 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Oh I so need to join you and get this house in order… but I keep putting it off because we are renovating… and it will be SO much more fun when that is done! LOL

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm

My sister has been renovating for, um, about 6 years and she said the same. You just don’t have the motivation when things are just all over the place. But hopefully it won’t be 6 years before yours is done…You won’t KNOW yourself when it’s done. Can’t wait to see it all finished!

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MardiNo Gravatar September 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I wanted to spring clean but was just to overwhelmed with what had to be done. In the end I wrote a great big list of everything, then put one or two things on each day of my calendar. That way it’s manageable & everything gets done.

Rather than getting sidetracked by new things I discover need doing, I’ve allocated 1 day a week to catch up on missed or extra things.

Your list has given me some more great ideas thanks!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Yeah, I think it’s the only way to get it done, unless someone can be a nanny for 3 days so I can get it all done in one sitting. HA! As if that is going to happen! Sounds like you have a great plan Mardi.

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Nicole WatsonNo Gravatar September 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Thanks for the motivation Kell!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 15, 2011 at 11:47 am

I find putting to in a blog post motivating for me! HA! x

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celinaNo Gravatar September 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Thanks Kelly for putting it into a more manageable system I’m not sure if I am spring cleaning or nesting as we are awaiting the arrival of bub number 3 so I have been trying to make room as such, I forgot how much new babies have :P I am sure if i stick to it it’ll get done. Thank-you :)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 15, 2011 at 11:50 am

Hi Celina. Contratulations on the expected arrival of number 3! I remember “nesting” in that last month when I was pregnant. I always made the most of the unusual amout of motivation I had HA! But my poor husband always had a list for every weekend in the last weeks of my pregnancy. LOL.

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Jacqui (CRAP Mamma)No Gravatar September 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Well you’re a clever, motivated little chicken!! When you’re finished with your house would you mind popping over to mine :) . Ok ok, I do plan to start spring cleaning at some stage….really I will….hopefully while it’s still Spring…….
Keep the posts coming, you might motivate me yet xx

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

Well, it’s very early days Jac. HA! I’ll see how much I can get done in the next couple of weeks but I’m already feeling a little extra spark :D x

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