I am not a cleaner during the summer months.
Please don’t confuse that statement with ‘I don’t clean’, because I do. I just don’t like the act of cleaning my house while the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and a nice cup of coffee is calling me from our deck.
I do, however, understand the importance of maintaining a healthy, clean home, so my focus shifts to the bare minimum. I still clean anything that is a health concern, or that really needs it. I just don’t stress as much over putting every toy back in their place, or picking up a jacket left by the back door.
I just become somewhat relaxed in the what needs to be done area.
This summer though, things have been a little different. Our family has taken ‘spring cleaning’ to a whole new level and it has overflowed in to the summer months. We have accumulated too many things and it is time to have a garage sale and/or donate what we don’t need.
Since the spring, we have been going through every room from top to bottom. We need to clean house, literally, and we have a pretty good system going. We go through one room at a time and everything gets pulled out and examined. It either gets cleaned and put back, or it gets stored for sale/donation. Once that is done, then the room is dusted/washed/vaccuumed/etc.
So far, the hardest part of all of this has been going through our girls old clothes. I ended up marking a box for each daughter and put some of my favorite clothes of theirs in each, then I created a third and put in some of my favorite unisex clothes and boy clothes (I bought some boy clothes because I was SURE our second was going to be a boy – - wrong). I kept some unisex/boy clothes just in case either of our girls has a boy in 20 years from now. I know that sounds weird. Don’t judge me.
We are nearing the end of our epic cleaning battle though and I am looking forward to going back to ignoring the small things again next summer.
Are you preparing for a garage sale, or did you have one? Any tips for us?
Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.