What is it about spring that makes every woman in the world think that it is time to scrub the house down from ceiling to floor?
We know many women who do this, even the OGs (Organizationally Gifted) of the world. Their houses are immaculate, yet still, spring comes and they determine that it is time to do even more.
Then we have the OCP (Organizationally Challenged People) and somehow we just feel like we have to get the house cleaned up NOW.
After all it is spring! Time for spring cleaning! Right?
Which I think is really funny because we can’t remember when we’ve cleaned under the sofa. It may have been years since has been cleaned… But suddenly it is spring, and we think that we better drag the area rug outside and beat the piss out of it, or tear apart our closets.
I’ve even heard of Spring Cleaning Checklists! I’m not making this stuff up. So, for this Motivation Monday I am asking, and answering this question: Q. “Do we have to do spring cleaning?” A. NO WE DON’T… But many years ago we did…
The reason that we needed to do spring cleaning years ago was because our homes were heated with 1 of 2 things: coal or wood (sometimes both).
All of the windows and doors were sealed shut to keep the house warm and conserve heat. Could you imagine how bad it needed a thorough cleaning after the winter was over?
What happened to our homes of old was; a thick film of soot covered everything and in the spring our fore-mothers would have to do a thorough cleaning, ceiling to floor, litterally.
As soon as the weather permitted, and they knew their would be no need to light a fire any more, the windows and doors would be opened and everything that wasn’t nailed down would be dragged out of the house so it could be aired out, wiped down and shaken out.
Can you see why we don’t need to hold onto this ritual any longer? In my system that I teach, we have a schedule for getting the house cleaned up on a regular basis.
It gets done year round, it is a really nice way to live and not a ridiculous burnout cleaning once a year thing that never actually really happens in our world, and is not even necessary anymore.
I am sharing with you a bit of my system here, it will help you to stay focused.
Write down on an index card the days of the week as I have illustrated below.
You decide what to do and when, according to your life and schedule.
Here are the catagories:
*Once Over day
*Family Work Day
Then plug in the categories to do these specific things that I have outlined, see my example below.
This might seem insignicicant but it really makes a difference. Of course there is a lot more to keeping thehouse clean, but this will definitly help. We put things off so often, sometimes it’s just because we don’t have any kind of schedule to follow.
Let me know what you think in the comments or email me: Kathy@thetidytutor.com