Springtime is here everybody! Have you started your spring cleaning yet? If you haven’t check out my post about safer cleaning products that won’t harm your health: Spring Cleaning With Safer Alternatives
We are expecting a little girl at the end of June so I think my nesting is starting to kick in! I want to clean and organize everything! If only I physically had the energy my mind does. I decided that I was going to tackle a little bit each weekend until my list was done. But then I started thinking that there is more than just “house cleaning” that I would like to do to this spring.
I have been waiting for the weather to start to change and I think it is finally happening here in Michigan. Lately, we have been able to enjoy some outside walks with our pup and Melina. Pretty sure our pup is just as happy that the weather is changing as we are!
Something about springtimes sparks energy inside my soul. I start to get all of these ideas of what projects I want to do. This year I sat down to write my spring cleaning list and realized that there is more than just housework that needs to get down in order to get our lives refreshed and on track.
In the past year, I have been on a mission to simplify and reset our lifestyle. So often I found us too busy with the nonimportant tasks and overwhelmed with our schedules. This is the year that I decided to drastically cut down on our belongings and what we bring into our home as well as what we commit ourselves to.
If you want to know more about our decluttering journey and how minimalism has played a part read Why Decluttering Is Essential for Your Family.
Springtime is like the New Year to me, a new beginning, or a chance to start again. So here is my list of tasks to do that are not housework but just as important.
Go Through Your Phone
Ever since becoming a mom, I take pictures all the time! I have wanted to capture the precious moments of my daughter’s childhood so we try to take pictures often. The problem is that I take 5 photos of the same thing just hoping one of them is going to turn out really good. Hoping that Melina is not moving in all of them and her eyes are open and maybe I even got a really cute one of her smile. If I am lucky!
But more times than not I forget to delete the crappy ones. So my phone ends up with thousands of pictures that need to be gone through. It is such a simple task but it is so tedious that I dread doing it. I know this tasks weighs in my head as extra clutter so it is important that I designate times for me to sit down and clear it out. The same thing goes for old messages and unused apps.
After my photos are gone through I plan on backing my phone up to our external hard drive that we save all of our pictures to. I have lost so many photos in the past from switching phones or the phone malfunctioning that I now back my photos up to Google Photos and the hard drive for us to keep on hand.
Clean Out Your Car
If you are a mom and have a spotless car, I am jealous! I just got a new 2019 Equinox in October and I felt that the car was disgusting all winter. My daughter and I drive an hour to my uncles multiple times a week to nanny so we are in the car a lot. And I feel bad not giving her a snack or drink since we are on the go so early and come back during dinner time.
But really it has been such a pain in the butt. More times than not the snack and drink gets chucked throughout the car ride. There have been a few times where she even figured out how to get the cap off. Talk about a mess!
Last week we had a pretty mild day outside and I decided it was time to tackle the mess. I got all the crumbs vacuumed up, floormats washed, seats wiped down, and cleaned all those little fingerprints on the window.
Boy did it feel good to get in that clean car! It is funny how once you become a mom, small things like a clean car feels like a luxury.
Clean Up Cosmetics
I hate to admit it, but I am not as faithful at cleaning my makeup brushes or hairbrushes as I should be. It is something that I just seem to overlook for a little too long. This is my time to go through my beauty products and discard empty/expired products, clean makeup brushes, and hairbrushes. Also, check the hairdryer and make sure there is not dust and hair stuck in your cooling fan to prolong the life of the dryer. Another thing that I forget about!!
Clean Out Purse/Baby Bag
Since I have become a mom I rarely use a purse. I am lugging enough stuff between the baby backpack and chasing my toddler that I mostly just carry our baby bag with my essentials in it. Less is better when you have a very active toddler!
It seems that no matter how hard I try, the bottom of a bag is a black hole. I even have a zipper in the back of the bag so I can reach the items at the bottom but always forget to use it. I continuously replenish the diapers, snacks, and outfits in our bag just in case we need them. And more times than not I am just adding extra stuff, burying the previous stuff I packed.
So every now and again I like to dump everything out, wipe down the inside and start over. Soon we will be packing for two little ones so it is especially important that I get organized and stay that way so all of our stuff can fit in our one bag!
If you are wondering what baby bag we use and plan to continue to use for two children, check out my guide to preparing for a new baby here: Everything You Need For Baby For First 3 Months
Simplify Your Family’s Wardrobe
When seasons are changing it is the perfect time to go through the closets and reevaluate our items. Especially with children growing so fast it is important to stay up to date on switching sizes out and taking inventory on what they need for the upcoming season. I like to buy our clothes on sale so I usually buy my daughters clothes the previous years season when they are discounted down a bit.
It is also a good time to get winter coats and gear washed and packed away for next years season and out of your way!
I also go through and organize my husband and I’s clothing and see if there are any items to be donated. We do this pretty often so it is not much. But if you are someone who does not regularly go through your clothes, now would be a good time to lighten your wardrobe.
TIP: Only keep what clothes you fit into and love right now. Even if you are planning to lose weight, most likely you will want to get new clothes to show your progress off.
Not only is it easier to pick out outfits but it also cuts down on laundry when you own less. I am still working on building a capsule wardrobe of quality items rather than quantity,
Evaluate Your Calendar
Many of us feel that we do not have much control over our time. As if our lives are pretty much scheduled for us. We have set work schedules, family obligations, and other commitments that we have agreed to. Sometimes we end up saying yes to commitments even if they are not what we truly want to be doing with our time.
I like taking a step back and evaluating where my time is going every now and again. Am I spending it the way that truly makes me happy? If the answer is no then I look for areas where I can change that.
I am willing to bet that there are some small commitments that you are able to say no to in order to gain some of your time back to spend it more intentionally.
It seems that I continually give more of my time away than I plan on and have a hard time getting it back as I often feel obligated to keep my commitments. But when I am honest with myself and set boundaries with those commitments I am much happier and less stressed.
Get To It!
Creating some time to complete these tasks will get your life a bit more organized and easier to manage. When having kids, anything to make your life easier is something worth doing!
I always feel more confident when I feel that I have my life in order and while these tasks are simple they are important.
Let me know what other areas of your life you feel important to freshen up during the spring!