The Simplification of Spring Cleaning

With all we already have going on, tackling projects around the house can seem overwhelming. (No, it IS overwhelming. I’m fooling no one.) But we all know how fantastic it feels to accomplish tasks that we’ve been putting off or haven’t been able to get to. Not because we have some Holly Homemaker ideals that need to be met, but because it just feels good to get things cleaned up and organized. 

So here’s what we’re going to do:

Starting today, March 1st, we are going to tackle ONE TASK every day to get started on Spring Cleaning. ONE SMALL TASK. We know that there are so many other things that need to get done (homework, laundry, dishes, etc) so this will be something outside the norm. Something that we often think about doing but something always gets in the way.

Here are some guidelines:

Don’t make it too hard. 

Keep it simple. It doesn’t need to be perfect and there’s no need to complicate your life anymore than it already is. 

No fancy cleaning supplies needed!

Soap and water still get the job done. We will be coming up with a (simple) cleaning supply shopping list, but if that’s not a possibility, SOAP AND WATER TOTALLY WORK.

Don’t make it too hard.

I just wanted to say that again. Mostly as a reminder to MYSELF.

Share your ideas with the class.

If you have tips and tricks that work for you, make sure to leave them in the comments as we go. 

One day at a time.

I’m not going to put the entire list here at first. If I do that, we’ll both (all) be overwhelmed. No one wants that.

Don’t make it too hard.

I wasn’t sure I was clear before. These are small tasks that should take 20 minutes or less it doesn’t need to stress us out.

Our DAY 1 task is pretty simple. It took me LESS THAN 15 MINUTES. Maybe not even 10.

DAY 1:

photo 1

Kind of a jumbled mess, no?


  • Lay down a clean towel, and remove all your silverware, etc.

photo 2


  • Using a sponge, Clorox wipes or a soapy paper towel, start cleaning out the drawer and the silverware holder. Try not to be grossed out by things you didn’t notice before taking everything out.
  • Make sure all is cleaned, wiped down and dry. Throw away the crap that has somehow found its way to the silverware drawer. If you’re anything like me, you’ll wonder why it was there in the first place.
  • Organize the silverware in the way it works for your family.

The End.

I didn’t even break a sweat. 

Go about your day. Be as smug as you want about your super clean silverware drawer. 

See you tomorrow.


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