March 25, 2015
The Happy Spring Clean
Her words on possessions and how they contribute to our happiness basically ignited a very familiar feeling: The urge to just toss, clean and simplify the mess that is our home, ripping it from its grimy corners and overcrowded cupboards.
In other words: It’s time for a spring clean! With my mental to-do list just exploding upon Rubin’s words I realized the simple monthly cleaning schedule won’t do it this year. I need to dig deeper. As the inspiration of a month-long to-do-list wears off at the latest when I have to motivate myself to get the scrub out and work through the oven on a random Wednesday night.
Instead I thought I could do my own little happiness project: The Happy Spring Clean. A three months undertaking aimed to clean, de-clutter and enhance our home. No daily schedule, instead some actionable monthly resolutions to remind me of my goals and dreams I have for our little home.
Here is the plan.
The Happy Spring Clean
April – The month of cleaning
Develop a weekly cleaning schedule: By the end of the month I hope to have created a cleaning schedule that over time will engrain all those little chores into my daily habit – making it second nature instead of a constant source of annoyance.
Clean the forgotten spaces: Some things just need to get done and this is a simple to-do-list of the half yearly cleaning essentials.
Create and curate cleaning supplies baskets: My goal is to have a fix set of supplies ready in handy baskets to make daily chores run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
May – The month of de-cluttering
Go shelf by shelf:A resolution by Gretchen Rubin and a great reminder to tackle the clutter bit by bit to avoid paralysation.
Donate, toss, and repair: My vow to decide on the future of each item and act upon my decision by donating the unwanted, getting rid of the un-useful and repair the broken.
Give everything a place: The amount of stuff that just lies around somewhere is immense in our household; to keep the clutter at bay I want every item to have its own place.
June – The month of cherishing the season
Use your stash: Instead on continuing the add-on after the de-clutter, I first want to use what we already have.
Create a shrine: Another resolution from Gretchen Rubin and she explains it best, “Cultivating my possessions, [...] wasn’t a simple matter of organization, elimination, or accumulation; it was a matter of engagement.” I want to cherish the things we have not only by giving them their place, but by showcasing them and the memories they stand for.
Make mindful additions: Much in the mindset of the capsule wardrobe concept; I want to think about the additions I make to the house; sourcing and curating my purchases carefully.
I think I have never been so excited about a cleaning project. Bring it on spring!