How to Tackle Spring Cleaning When You’re a Busy Mom
Does the thought of spring cleaning make you feel overwhelmed? What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “spring cleaning?”
For me, I instantly think of deep cleaning my entire house and making it spotless.
But what if I told you that spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning your house? And what if I told you that spring cleaning can be easy and spread out during a full week (or more time if needed!)?
I’m going to be sharing with you a 7 day spring cleaning challenge that is so realistic and simple that even the busiest moms can find the time!
And while this is a 7 day challenge, you have the option of spreading it out if you feel you want to spend more time in certain areas.
By the time you finish, you will feel totally refreshed, so let’s get started!
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Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 1: Digital Declutter
My first spring cleaning tip for busy moms is doing a digital declutter. Go through your phone, computer, and any other device you use on a regular basis.
Since we spend so much time on our devices, it’s important that we use them in a way that’s positive and avoid anything that makes us feel stressed.
The goal here is to get rid of anything that is distracting, taking up storage, or simply not needed on your phone.
Here are a few ways you can spring clean your devices:
- Delete old pictures and videos (and don’t forget to delete from “deleted photos” album as well)
- Remove apps you no longer use
- Delete old text messages
- Unfollow/unsubscribe to things that don’t serve you. Social media can sometimes lead to mom guilt and unnecessary comparison.
- Delete old files/documents/etc
- Empty recycle bin
- Delete old pictures and videos
- Create folders to organize what you have/want to keep
There’s probably a TON of things you can go through on your devices and clean up. But this small list should be a good start!
Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 2: Wardrobe Revamp
Cleaning out your closet may be a bit of a process. But with my “yes, no, maybe” method, it will make this task SO much easier!
At the start of the season, pull out your clothes in small chunks at a time. Clear a space of yes, no, and maybe piles.
Go through each item of clothing and ask yourself, “do I want to keep this?” Your gut will be able to give you an instant yes or no, but sometimes you may feel unsure.
If you know you for sure want to keep it, put it in the “yes” pile. If it’s a definite no, put it in the “no” pile. And if you want to think on it, put it in the “maybe” pile.
Once you have everything separate into the 3 piles, revisit your maybe pile. You’ll need to ask yourself these follow up questions:
- When was the last time I wore this?
- Do I need a piece like this for work/specific occasion?
- Is this worn out? Or never been worn before?
If the item is worn out or you haven’t worn it in a very long time (and don’t intend to wear it any time soon), then toss it in the “no” pile.
But if the piece is still in good condition and you want to give it one last chance, then keep it.
The important part of this strategy is to not overthink it.
Once you know what you’re keeping, then make a list of any staples you fee like you may need to add to complete your wardrobe.
As a busy mom, you don’t want to have to think too hard about what you’re going to wear.
Condensing your wardrobe and filling it with pieces you love and wear regularly will make your life easier!
Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 3: General Declutter
This is a part of the spring cleaning challenge that you can spread out over multiple days if you need to.
Pick top 2-3 spaces in your home that could use a good declutter. You can choose a few smaller spaces that shouldn’t take too long to tackle such as your dining table, pantry, or a storage closet.
Anywhere in your home that you feel is a priority, take it on!
This is one of my favorite spring cleaning tips for busy moms because it doesn’t require the entire house to be completely clean.
A quick, general declutter of a few small areas can seriously do wonders!
You can always do more when you have the time.
Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 4: Create a Space for Yourself
If you’re a busy mom, it’s important that you have a space where you can unwind and/or be productive.
Clear out a space, even if it’s small, and make it cozy for you.
Or, you can also do a full on cleaning of your bedroom or home office to make it feel homey again.
For example, don’t let your home office be a place where stacks of mail/bills/etc. just piles up on a desk. Make it a space that is organized and where you feel you can get some of your best work done.
Creating this space is a great way to give yourself a fresh start and gain back the momentum you may have lost from the beginning of the year.
Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 5: Food Cleanse
One of the best spring cleaning tips for busy moms is to do an all around food cleanse. The first part of this is throwing out old food, clearing out and organizing your fridge/pantry.
The next part of it is spring cleaning your diet. Do some evaluating on how you’ve been nourishing your body. Then, get in the habit of meal planning and sticking to your grocery list. (Try out this meal planner!)
For moms on the go, this will make your life SO much easier!
You will spend less time trying to figure out what to pack for lunches or what to make for dinner, making some extra time in your schedule for me time.
Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 6: Financial Reboot
It’s always a good idea to check in with your finances throughout the year. Use this time as your first quarterly check in.
Review finances & budget by looking over how much money you bring in each month and the bills that need to be paid.
Also reflect on your spending in general. Are you eating out a lot or doing a more online shopping than you should?
Make a plan for the improvements you’d like to make with your spending habits.
Check out this Budget Planner!
Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 7: Mental Spring Clean
The final day of this spring cleaning challenge is about focusing on YOU. Have a day where you work on your mental health- however that looks for you.
Take some time to journal, go for a walk, anything that helps you clear your head.
Concluding Spring Cleaning Tips for Busy Moms
While having a clean home can boost your mood, it’s important that you spring clean your life in other ways as well.
I hope you found these spring cleaning tips for busy moms helpful and take on this easy 7 day challenge!
Which day of the challenge are you most looking forward to? Share in the comments!
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