Thanks for joining me for the third day in my Spring Cleaning Festival. Before I introduce today’s special guest, I want to announce the three winners of the free download of “31 Days to Clean” by Sarah Mae. Congratulations to: Sarah Kissling (posting at 11:03 a.m.), Michele Morris (posting at 9:17 a.m.) and Renee (posting at 8:27 p.m.). I’ve given your contact info to Sarah Mae and you’ll be hearing from her soon.
Today I’m delighted to welcome Mandy from Biblical Homemaking. What a lovely young woman of God she is. I’ve spent all kinds of time on her blog and absolutely love it and her. Today Mandy is going to be sharing about cleaning in a busy season, which seems to be every season of my life so far. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any busier than toddlers, they started school. Now mine are teenagers and we are still busy.
So I’ll be hanging on every word Mandy shares today. I’m sure you will too, but in case you get distracted by someone tugging at your sleeve, make sure you come back and read to the bottom for a special giveaway she’s offering. Now here’s Mandy;
If you’re in a busy season like me, just thinking about spring cleaning may seem overwhelming!
These days we are still in a challenging season. We homeschool our four little ones, eight years old and under, so our spring cleaning has to be very simple in order to be possible!
|(this month, I’m challenging myself to spring clean our living room)|
Maybe you’re there with me? Here’s how we keep spring cleaning simple in the midst of a busy season:
1. Make a realistic spring cleaning list.
With all the resources available on the internet, it’s very tempting to use a template cleaning list for each room. Whether you’re in the trenches of motherhood or just doing regular life, resist the temptation to try to accomplish every possible task you can do. Instead, scan them and use their great ideas to make your own very simple spring cleaning list that works for your family.
Walk through each room and make a list of things that you would like to clean, and write your tasks down in order of highest priority to least.
Keep your list fairly simple, and don’t worry about the time frame. The beautiful thing about “spring cleaning” is that it doesn’t have to happen only during the springtime! You can breathe a little easier knowing you don’t have to have it all done in two weeks.
2. Break your list into quick 5-20 minute tasks.
When you’ve made your list for each room, break it down into simple tasks that can be completed in 5-20 minutes, if possible. Breaking your big chores in small chunks will really help motivate you to get moving! And if you only get to spend five minutes spring cleaning one day, you’ll have accomplished one task!
3. Aim to complete one to three tasks each day.
Again, keeping it simple is such an important key to staying motivated to spring clean. Aiming to complete just one to three tasks per day will keep you moving and allow you to meet your goals.
4. Spring clean with joy!
God is so good to us to give us a home to keep! Whether it’s big or small, new or old, it’s yours, and He provided it out of His love for you. When we start to look through the lens of thanksgiving and praise, even cleaning becomes a joy!
We get to spring clean, sweet friends!! Because of His mercy and love for us!! How exciting is that?
Keep it simple, and rejoice in your daily spring cleaning, because the God of the universe loves you and has given you all good things! He is GOOD. In everything you do, give thanks to Him!
Amen! Mandy you said it beautifully. Thank you so much for joining me and sharing such encouraging and practical words. I love the 5-minute cleaning idea! I’m going to use that right away.
The blessings continue because Mandy is giving away a $25.00 Target card to one person who comments today. We’ll announce the winner on Thursday. To leave a comment you’ll need to get to my blog by clicking here. This applies to everyone reading this in an email. SORRY – THE CONTEST IS CLOSED. PLEASE STOP BACK THIS WEEK AND NEXT FOR MORE SPECIALS AND GIVEAWAYS.
Don’t forget to stop over at Mandy’s blog too. Just beware that it will be hard to pull yourself away.
Join me tomorrow for another great guest post in my Spring Cleaning Festival.
Grace & Peace,