This magical thing has happened in our home over the last few months. I feel like it’s a trick, and I know it won’t last, but I’ll take it as long as I can get it.
My kids have finally reached the age where they can not only clean pretty effectively, THEY ALSO THINK IT’S FUN!
This is where the gold is, people. WE HAVE ARRIVED.
And so, with March here and spring cleaning right around the corner, I am taking FULL ADVANTAGE of this beautiful situation!! Magic, I tell you.
Generally, I put off spring cleaning, because even though it SOUNDS FUN to get the house all nice and put together, in reality it’s a little OVERWHELMING. It’s hard to know where to start, and what all needs to be done. Especially since I’m not the greatest at keeping up cleaning all year long.
But this year, I’ve already got a jump on things. I found a couple of shortcuts to simplify the cleaning frenzy I know is coming, and I’m actually excited to get into it! The kids must be rubbing off on me. Maybe their excitement will be contagious!
3 Ways to Simplify Spring Cleaning (before you even begin)!
1. Make a Plan
You know me, I’m all about the plan. So as I started thinking about everything that needed to be done at home, I got out my favorite notebook and began to make a list. I went room by room and thought through exactly what needed to be done – from small tasks to big projects! Then I prioritized, and used a highlighter to color code what was urgent, and what could wait.
What I was left with was a master list of everything that needed to be done in my home, prioritized and ready to go!
Having my cleaning plan all written out helped me know exactly what was the most important, where I should begin, and how long each task should take. That written plan helped me to go from overwhelmed to purposeful!
2. Gather Your Supplies
Sometimes the hardest part of cleaning is getting started, so this year I found a way to make getting started TOTALLY EASY.
I really wanted to make it easy for my kids, but this hack turned out to make cleaning way easier for me, too. Here’s what I did:
I made Cleaning Checklists for every room of the house.
These checklists make everything so easy because they have two important pieces of information on them:
- HOW to clean that room of the house, step-by-step.
- WHAT supplies you’ll need to get that cleaning done!
Now, cleaning different areas of the house is actually kind of a brainless process for me, because I have those checklists ready to go. (Grab a copy of these for yourself HERE.) Even better? I can pass them off to my kids for THEM to use. Which brings us to step 3…
3. Recruit Some Help
Mommas, you do NOT have to do spring cleaning alone! THIS IS WHY WE HAD CHILDREN. I mean, there are other reasons too, but seriously – put those kids to work!
On your master plan for spring cleaning, make a little note by each project about who is going to complete it. Make it fun for the kids – have them earn a dollar or a candy for every task they complete! My kids will do ANYTHING for a jelly bean. I have definitely used this to my advantage lately, and have started keeping a steady supply of Jelly Belly’s on hand. I’m not even sorry.
And don’t forget to give each kid their own copy of your Cleaning Checklists! That way both of you are clear on what you expect a room to look like when you’re done cleaning it. And you’re not the bad guy. The checklist is. 🤣
Are you ready?!
So there you have it. 3 ways I’ve made spring cleaning a little simpler before I even start. Make that plan, gather your supplies, and put those kids to work! You can do this, friend!!
P.S. If you want to grab a copy of those Cleaning Checklists for yourself, click the image below! You’ll find them in the shop for just $5. Print them out, laminate them, pass them off to your children and NEVER CLEAN AGAIN. At least that’s the dream, right?
Kayse is a wife, mom, and founder of the Anchored Women community. She writes to help women fight busy, find rest, and build a life that’s anchored in Christ. Kayse is also the creator of the S.O.S. Planner, the Anchored Life Kit, and other practical resources that equip women to manage their homes and families in confidence. You can find her writing and her resources at anchored-women.com!