Join the Spring Clean Along!

April is here and so is Spring. The sun has started to shine a little more often, birds are singing, the air feels crisp and the sunshine warm. After a long, cold winter, this fresh start is exhilarating.

However, what lurks in your home behind closed doors? Dust bunnies? Musty smells? A few piles of junk that got stashed out of site for the Holidays and have yet to see the light of day?

Sounds like it’s time for some Spring Cleaning!

“Spring Cleaning” conjures up different images for different folks. For some it may mean a complete overhaul of the home, washing and dusting everything in sight from ceiling fan to baseboard. For others it means digging out of some messes and dejunking winter’s accumulation of “stuff.” Still others turn to organizing, simplifying, and freshening the looks of their homes as a way to shake off the winter grunge.

Whatever you think about “Spring Cleaning,” the fresh start we feel when the seasons change is a great thing to apply to our homes: to make them more inviting for guests as well as inhabitants.

Even though our family doesn’t experience a true winter in San Diego, the coming of Spring signifies longer days of sunshine and more opportunity for our family to do things out of doors. That means that FishPapa and I don’t want to be weighed down by home-work when we could be out exploring with our peeps. This, in turn, motivates us to make some changes around the house and to look at the different aspects of “spring cleaning.”

Three Important Aspects of “Spring Cleaning”

Dejunking – getting rid of stuff you no longer want or need

Organizing – storing the keepers together in ways that make them easy to find, use, and put away

Cleaning – giving your home a good, deep scrubbing to get rid of accumulated dust, dirt, and grime

My husband has been valiantly leading the charge against clutter in the garage these past few weeks, and I’ve been inspired by his example. (He’s also gone way out of his way to make sure I didn’t feel responsible for the junk that mde its way there, something I am apt to do — send junk that way and feel guilty about it.)

Instead, I’ve turned my attention to three main problem areas in our home, places that are generally messy or places that I avoid like the plague, and have been thinking about some solutions. So, I’m going to work on those and I’ll share whatever progress I make along the way.

Wanna clean along?

Some readers on Facebook inspired me to start a Spring Clean-Along. We’re going to tackle three zones in three weeks. You choose what you’re going to do and how. Each Monday in April I’ll provide the linkies and hopefully some inspiration and motivation to get the job done. There will be discussion over on this Facebook Event page as well.

(Disclaimer: I am the blind leading the blind here as I am a foodie, not a “cleanie,” but I do love a clean and organized home.)

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  1. I’m a “foodie” not a “cleanie” too. :) LOVE the lingo. I’m going to have to find my ambition and then, perhaps, join the, ahem, fun. ;)

  2. This is right up my alley since we are moving in TWO months and everything needs to be organized!
    Love your vlogs…too cute. :) Looking forward to seeing that closet in a few weeks!
    ~Alicia

  3. I am going to join in! Spring cleaning is about 5 years overdue in our house! This year is a fresh start in many ways so this has come at a perfect time. Thanks, FishMama!

  4. Yes! You totally inspired me to clean a “zone.” Whenever I used to think of spring cleaning, it was something I thought had to be done all in one weekend or a couple of days.

    I spent Jan/Feb/March de-cluttering and organizing.

    I’ll be spending Fridays during the spring (and preschool) deep cleaning 1 room/zone a week, until it is done or I can’t take it anymore.

    Thanks for the help and I’ll be posting my progress!!!

  5. Definetly joining in here. We got a sea-cargo container (will post pics on my blog soon) and I am taking our storage unit house and going to turn it into a home. I am by no means an organized woman or a cleaning gal, but I noticed taht it does set a more peaceful atmosphere when things are.

    I had to LOL over your “messy closet” it was so clean! ;) But I know what you mean.

  6. Also wanted to mention how much I like the videos. They bring a personal touch. :) Some drive me bonkers but with you, its like talking with a friend. :)

  7. I’m coming out of my “lurkdom” to join in. Hubby & I are adding an addition and I need to get things organized and decluttered before we start. So here I go! I’ll be focusing on books (so many – we homeschool), closets, and my bedroom.

  8. Count me in, I love spring cleaning (yes, I know that is weird)!! I already have a head start. I just finished cleaning out my basement. We ended up with enough junk to have a garage sale. Now, I need to get the rest of my home cleaned-out. Here is my organizaiton progress so far:

    http://cuttingcouponsinkc.blogspot.com/2010/03/basement-organization-project-is.html

  9. I’m with you! How timely…I’ve been planning on tackling my closets this month (mainly my dining/entry closet – check out the scariness here: http://happysahmworld.blogspot.com/2010/04/friday-fail-out-of-control-closet.html)
    and I’m looking forward to joining you throughout the process!

  10. Sounds great! What are the zones? Sounds a little like “Fly Lady,” which I love!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I don’t know a lot of Fly Lady talk. But, a reader suggested using that term with our kids about a year ago and it stuck. They are each responsible to tidy two zones a day. That’s just how we talk now.

  11. Swappin' Spoons says:

    Looking forward to seeing how everyone “cleans”
    Early in my marriage I learned a little trick to help with my house cleaning—-take a look.

    http://swappinspoons.blogspot.com/2010/04/is-it-clean-or-does-it-need-to-be.html

  12. I am another closet stuffer. When the clutter is out of sight, it’s out of mind. I started my spring cleaning/organizing a few weeks ago, but I can use some motivation to keep going.

  13. I’m in! I was just thinking this morning that it’s about time to tackle the spring cleaning. This may be the push I need! I think I need to concentrate on the whole house but will start on my office – that’s the worst spot right now…

  14. There was a terrible smell in my kitchen that forced me to rip out all of my baseboards and start my Spring cleaning early! The source turned out to be a weird mystery spill inside of the bottom of our fridge — gross. But, my kitchen got really clean! After that I moved on to doing the winter laundry and am about to tackle all of the light fixtures. I’m a foodie too so things sometimes get out of hand in my house on the cleanie end!

  15. I’ll join in too! I actually already started but it’s more fun to do it along with others. I was motivated to clean out my linen closet last week because I needed somewhere to store my new stockpile of toiletries. We are also having our annual church rummage sale in May so I wanted to take advantage and clear out some stuff. Next stop for me are all the other closets. CLOSET CLEANERS UNITE!!!

  16. Oh my goodness do I need your help?!?! I totally am NOT a “cleanie” as you say but love it when my house is neat and organized. I too would rather be cooking and baking in the kitchen :) Can’t wait to be inspired to clean up and get organized! Thanks for hosting this!

  17. I’m taking Friday off work to spend the whole weekend decluttering and doing a deep clean of my house. Yesterday I typed up a list of things that needed to be done in each room so that I don’t forget anything and can check off things as they get done. Otherwise I get all ADD and forget what I was doing and start in another room before the first one is finished.

  18. I’ll be joining in, too, as my nesting starts to kick in with a new baby on the way. I’m not a “cleanie” by nature, but I am feeling the urge to scrub, scrub, scrub… :-D

  19. I need to join in! I have a few trouble spots too & would like to get those taken care of before summer!

  20. Love the cute bandana and sprayer bottle look :) I am a “piler”…kitchen counter etc. Good motivation to get going and organizing instead of piling :)

  21. I already fully cleaned my living room with the painting project and I started working on my kitchen today. Tomorrow, it’s off to the girls’ room and later in the week it is the bathroom and our room. So, yes, I am pretty much in on the spring cleaning:-)

  22. I’m in! I injured my back in October and had to totally give up on any house cleaning, except for the bare basics since then. I’m on the mend finally, but it’s in chaos now, what with 6 people living here. I can’t even begin to imagine trying to tackle my whole house at once, so I’m setting a goal of deep cleaning one room a week. It seems much more doable in small steps like that. Please tell me we don’t have to take before pictures…

  23. My husband and I spend his time off this weekend to clean out the garage and basement/playroom. Once the garbage man comes this week and after several trips to the Goodwill I will finally be able to park my car in the garage after 4 years.

    I have taken pictures of everything we are clearing out and will be sharing. Over the next few weeks my goal is to at least clean a drawer/closet/cupboard a day.

    Love a chance to join in.

  24. I really need to clean. I have a one year old and I feel like I can’t get anything done. I need accountability. This sounds great!

  25. I went through the kids’ playroom and pulled out a pile of junk and toys for the yard sale. I can’t figure out how we accumulate so much stuff. We just moved 6 months ago, and I was a crazy person with everything we got rid of. It’s all back! I’ll be getting rid of the clutter, but won’t start cleaning until all this pollen goes away. It’s everywhere!

    http://www.thecouponchallenge.com/2010/03/playroom-project-complete.html

  26. I read your post yesterday and thought…oh, um, well…I don’t ‘think’ I can do that. Then I read Crystal’s post this morning & joined (although hers says declutter in a week????). Then I came back here, re-read and thought this is what I need. And hey, yours is a WHOLE month! So maybe I’ll start the “I think I can, I think I can” mantra around our house.

  27. I am a declutterer/organizer by nature…I love a neat, uncluttered look to my house and it embarrasses the fire out of me when people stop by and things are out of place.

    Having said that, since having my little boy last year things have definitely become more lax…I have pretended at times that the guest bedroom, the study, and even the master bedroom simply weren’t there when expecting company to drop by and shut the door on them. I figured if the main areas, the guest bath, and the nursery were neat we were good…so yeah I need to get on the ball with spring cleaning!!

    My confession is that while I like things to look neat, I hate scrubbing and dusting…so I always hope that people don’t look too close and just grit my teeth and deal with it occasionally!! I made a checklist at the start of the year for my household binder and have managed to check some things off here and there…but now is the time to really tackle things!!

  28. I am SO in! I am never sure where to begin!

  29. I looked under the bed today….

    and then I came back to the computer and sat down.

    now I am ignoring said bed. Wonder if hubby will pull out the air matress so the bed cannot taunt me… but then I’d have to open a closet door to get the matress out…

  30. I would love to join in. I just joined a “Fly Lady” group with my neighbor, so this will be a nice addition.

  31. I am going to do some organizing. I already tackled my tupperware cabinet (oh what a mess) and my glasses and plates. I am blogging about my progress as I get it done. Slowly.

    http://maryscountrylife.blogspot.com

    Mary

  32. I am not naturally organized either. I love a clean home… but there are so many other things I’d rather do than actually tidy. And the older I get, the bigger my family (& house) grows, the harder it is to “catch-up”. (Oh how I miss the small apartments that could be cleaned & organized top to bottom in an afternoon). I did just add something to our hall closet earlier this year that I wish I’d done years ago – a shoe organizer. You know, the kind that hangs on the back of the door? I’ve taken all those stray mittens, gloves, hats, etc. that used to fall on the floor or get tossed up on a shelf out of reach of everyone but my 6’3″ husband and put them in those handy pockets. Its fabulous. Now we can actually find the gloves in the morning in the rush to get to school.

  33. I had already Spring Cleaned some before Easter but there is still plenty to do. I am having a Birthday Party for my dad on May 1st so there are alot of things that I would like to get done this month. I am in!

  34. Okay, I am in. I have been dragging my heels and there is a room that we call the “junk room” – it is like a walk-in closet with boxes and totes and a whole lot of stuff – that I need to address. I have been (slowly) decluttering and organizing the rest of the house. This one room needs the most attention and I think the best way to do it is in small bites. I am going to try small sections or maybe allot time segments to attack this problem room. Wish me luck! I will be following your progress as well for moral support!
    Happy Spring cleaning!

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