• It’s officially spring and I am itching to spring clean this entire house.

    If you’re like me, the task can seem daunting, or just miserable. However, the sweet relief and satisfaction you can get when it’s finished is worth the sweat in my opinion. Plus, it’s a great time to teach the kids how to do some chores.

    Usually I start with the biggest, deepest, darkest closet of the house and work out from there. My thinking is if I tackle that first and move the junk towards the door, eventually I will be motivated to get that junk out of the door. It’s my process and it seems to work for me. I cannot handle junk, or clutter. Secretly I love to spring clean. Sometimes I even add a fresh coat of paint to freshen things up. Of course, it might be possible that my nesting instinct has totally kicked in for this pregnancy.

    Once I can see the floor in each closet I do a little dance. Really I do.

    Here are my favorite (most needed) chores that get done each spring. We weed through all the clothes, removing stuff that no longer fits. Separating all those clothes into a donate, consign, or trash pile based on condition. Then we do the same with all of the toys, books, and other miscellaneous stuff that ends up in our closets. Once I can see the floor in each closet I do a little dance. Really I do.

    After that, it’s time to employ my little helpers. Each equipped with a rag, and we clean. We clean those adorable fingerprints off of my walls. The baseboards, the crown molding. That chandelier that hangs in my foyer. If I can see it, I attempt to wipe it down. Most times I’m successful, others I just remember what Eleanor Roosevelt once said. “The only advantage in not being too good a housekeeper, is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.”