Stress-free fall cleaning

Stress-free fall cleaning

"Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor...it's anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living." ~Peter Walsh
I don’t know what it is exactly about the approach of a new season that makes me want to clean and organize, but it happens every time. Each spring as I throw open the windows, I begin to purge and organized, and I get the same irresistible urge just months later as we march toward fall.

The crazy part is that I really do deep clean, declutter and reorganize spaces as needed all year long, but as we get ready to start school, I just have this desire for everything to be clean and clutter-free all at once. This year, that seasonal urge is heightened by the fact that we’re getting ready to list our home for sale (and want to be able to get it spotless for showings with as little notice as possible) and will — hopefully! — be packing to move sooner rather than later.

But that also means I’m working with limited time as Sean spends all of his time on house projects and I gear up for the re-release of Easy Homemade, the launch of the 101 Days of Christmas series and the start of the new school year.

So this year, rather than spending a few days deep cleaning or tackling one room a day over the course of a week or two, I’m working on tiny, tiny spaces as I’m able.

For example, the other day I had a few minutes free and I sat down and cleaned out the piano bench, organizing the books and throwing away loose paper. I only had 10 minutes to spare, but it felt good to get something done.

On another day I turned my attention to the tea and coffee shelves in the kitchen (my favorite space in the kitchen, by far!). Even though I didn’t have time to tackle the entire kitchen, I was able to get one of our hotspots cleaned up.

I will continue to tackle one little area at a time over the next few weeks in the hopes that our home will be clutter free and clean by the time we’re ready to list (and before we start Classical Conversations for the year).

Do you want to join me?!

I’ve put together a list of more than 70 tiny cleaning tasks for you to choose from. Which one can you knock out right now? No, seriously, right now!

{Share your progress on Instagram with #fallcleaningwithlyw!}

Stress-Free Fall Cleaning

Click here to download a PDF version of the checklist.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. What a great idea! I often look at the big picture and get so overwhelmed that I just move everything around…again. My husband wonders if we will ever live in a house with the rooms exactly the same for longer than 3 months 🙂 But, I do love to declutter and clean for each new season. It gives me a sense of calm. I think these little tasks will help though, working on something when I have a few minutes free is much better than me saying, I have a few minutes free and can’t possibly get done what I want.

  2. This is what we did earlier this year, when we were getting ready to list our home. And it has made packing so much easier! So far, I only have a small pile of things to donate to charity (because we donated so much before), and nearly everything is clean, repaired, and ready to be popped into a box. Now, if only I could find enough boxes! They are more precious than gold to me right now. ; )

  3. This is great! It is so hard for me to keep up with just the daily things (like washing dishes and packing lunches for the next day) each night that I never seem to get much else done. This is a nice list to refer to when all I have time for is a quick task!

  4. I’m in! We have been doing some major decluttering this summer, because really, do I need all this stuff? :p

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