I don't know about you but March is when I get the fever to spring clean. Some times it takes me until April to get the job complete, but I like a fresh start with the change of the new season. As I look around and see the little piles of "when I get around to it" and realize spring has sprung, I get motivated to move. These are the three must haves I need to get moving and grooving!
1. An Apron: I have an apron that goes over my head and has pockets all the way across the bottom. This is how I save myself a lot of time. Pocket #1 is for tiny tools like toothbrushes to get in those tiny places, razor blades for scraping, scissors for cutting away stings that don't belong, and finally, an ink pen for writing. (*see #3 below) In pocket #2, I put a dusting rag, and a scrub brush, In pocket #3, I put the little things I find in the floor that need to be thrown away or put away like coins, paper clips, safety pins, lost legos, or small pieces of debris. Then I hang a spray bottle of glass cleaner and all-purpose cleaner on the outside of the pockets and I'm armed and ready to roll.
2: Music: Music is always a motivator for me. You can use any music you like but I prefer worship music. There's something about taking my mind off me and my "Cinderella" circumstances and focusing on my blessings that makes the task of cleaning a lot easier. I've also found that music makes the time fly as I'm "jamin" the junk away.
3. Post-It Notes: It's sort of the like the cell phone. What did we ever do without these little notes that are sticky and yet removable and don't leave behind a residue like duct tape. It depends on whether you're doing the cleaning alone or with your family on how you will use the post-it. We believe in getting the whole family involved at certain times and at other times I clean alone. No matter if alone or with the cleaning clan, I use post-it's to make notes on what's not done or what needs more attention. For example, if' cleaning alone and I notice a light bulb needs changing, I take out the post-its and write "please change 'which' bulb" and I post it on the door facing for my husband to see. If there's a post it there, he knows to read it and take care of what needs his attention at his convenience. Let's say I'm in my son's room and I see a pile of legos that need his attention. I'm not about to tackle that, so I leave a note on his door telling him what I need him to do. Once they see the note and finish the task they throw the post-it away. You can even offer a reward for returning the post-it to you when the task is done and you have an opportunity to check their work.
If we are cleaning as a crew, before we start I go around and write any special things I want done in each room, and they each go to their assigned space and get busy with the list on the note stuck to the door facing. Once complete, they throw them away or bring them to me for inspection. Scripture says in Deuteronomy 11:18-21
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."
These verses are in reference to writing God's laws on the door frames in order to teach them to your children, but those door frames come in handy for writing other things as well.
No one likes to spend their life on their knees like Cinderella, but tidying up is a part of every household. Hopefully these little ideas will make your spring cleaning a lot faster and easier to carry out during the month of March!