Last week my issue of Real Simple arrived and on the cover it boasted “Spring Cleaning Shortcuts” and devoted pages upon pages to all the things that need to be taken care of this season when it comes to cleaning one’s home: carpeting and rugs, windows, closets, mattresses…they all need my attention, apparently.
Here’s my confession: I don’t plan on doing ANY of it this year.
This year has been insane. We moved, we renovated our entire home, we had a baby, we made it through apple harvest, I started the real estate course when my baby was six weeks old, we endured endless months of sleepless nights (oh, wait, I’m still doing that), we spent most of the winter fighting the flu, I started boot camp…..we are doing enough and if the windows don’t get wiped this year, I’m OK with that.
My tentative plan is to keep treading water when it comes to housework. I’ll try my best to keep things semi-presentable for a few more years, then when the kids are a bit older we’ll ship them off to Grandma’s house and spend a solid week undoing the damage of neglect. See? I WILL do spring cleaning. Just not until 2014.
What about you? Do you have a grandiose to-do list for your spring cleaning goals? Do you hire help with things like windows and carpet cleaning, or are you one of those saints who does it all herself, with a smile and a cute handkerchief tied around her stylish updo as she gently wipes a bead of sweat from her forehead with the back of her hand?