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Preparing for spring, or any change of season can leave you feeling one of two ways: either completely unprepared, or accomplished and ready for the future.
And when it comes down to it, we have the choice on which way we will end up feeling. We are in control of our homes.
So what can we do when preparing for spring to avoid being overwhelmed?
Since I moved into my new house in October, I wasn’t able to start on any projects or get anything big cleaned before the snow hit. So now as I wait for the thaw, I am working on and planning all the things I need to do when preparing for spring. So far, I need to start with taking down the Christmas decorations. (Oops!)
But other than that, there is a lot of work to be done. From deep cleaning the chicken coop, organizing the garage, servicing the lawn mower, building a new garden since the old one was torn down, and so much more.
Preparing for spring can be so overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. If we break it down into smaller steps we can make preparing for spring easy.
Here are some ways for you to easily prepare for spring!
Make a List
In order to accomplish any task successfully, we must always make a list. So here are some items that you may find important when preparing for spring:
- Changing over wardrobes for each family member
- Deep cleaning the house
- Buying seeds for the garden
- Cleaning out the pantry
- Cleaning out the chicken coop/other livestock areas
- Checking the outside of the home/outbuildings
- Decluttering the Home
- Cleaning the cars
- Switching out your supply bags in the cars
These are just some examples of things that may need to be done around your home. Come up with your own list with your family and see what needs to be done. Whether you use an app, write it down, or keep a note on your phone, make sure to write it down and notice when you are making progress!
Get Your Supplies
Whether you need to stock up on cleaning supplies at the store, or you need to service your lawn tools; make sure you have all your supplies ready for when you are preparing for spring.
Depending on how much you need to prepare for spring, you may need to make a budget and price out what is still needed.
If you don’t have as big of a budget, you can easily get great (green or non-green) cleaning supplies at the Dollar Store or a Dollar General making it easy and cheap to get your home ready for the new season.
Break It Out
For every task, you come up with, break it out into little steps. For example, if one of your tasks is to deep clean the house, make a list of smaller tasks that are easier to accomplish:
- Wash the windows
- Clean the baseboards
- Clean out the cupboards
- Flip the mattresses
- Beat out the rugs
- Declutter the attic
Whatever you’re doing, break it into smaller, “bite sized” tasks so that you can easily do a task at a time and not be overwhelmed.
You can break it out into bigger tasks, such as “clean this room” or smaller tasks that may take ten minutes such as “clean up all the laundry on the floor in the kid’s room”.
If you have others in the home with you, spread out the work based on age and ability to do the tasks.
Go over the list of chores with your husband and family and see who will volunteer for what. Remind them that it’s helping make your home a better place and it’s helping the family! If no one wants to volunteer then you will have to delegate chores to them.
Little ones can easily take wet cloths and clean the baseboards of each room for maybe a dollar or extra cookie. While school-aged children could help by cleaning the insides of the windows. Your high school-aged children can organize and declutter cupboards and other areas and help with the yard work.
This is a good time to encourage your children to be diligent, and hard workers; while learning that contributing to the family through different ways benefits everyone.
Make a Schedule
If you’re a busy person like me, making a schedule when preparing for spring is very important. Even if you only have 10-30 min a day to dedicate to your tasks, schedule your tasks to make it easier on you.
You can schedule your tasks in multiple ways, you can group them by area of your home or property. You can schedule them from most important to least important.
Whether you schedule a whole week of cleaning, or a few minutes each day, having some sort of structure is helpful when trying to accomplish any task.
The most important part of this is following through. I know in the busy and stressful days it can be easy to put a 10-minute task off for tomorrow and never get around to it.
Whether you’re getting after yourself, or gently reminding one of your family members, make sure to be diligent in your work and follow through with caring for your home.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and need motivation, check out my post on How to Keep Your Home Clean When You’re Overwhelmed.
What do you accomplish every year when you’re preparing for spring? Leave a comment down below!
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