This challenge has become so much more than I expected before I put it together. I feel confident that you will get so much more out of this than just deep cleaning. You will feel ready to maintain your home throughout the year and reset your weekly Cleaning Routine. I’ve shared many of these different ideas over the years in many different blog posts, but I’m filling in the gaps and putting it together in a way I never have before.
This is a challenge, so get ready for a ride! Unlike the long 13 weeks of the Declutter Challenge, this project needs 5 weeks of attention to make a difference in your home and family for years to come. Can you give me 5 weeks?
We will not actually clean every square inch of your home (though we will get pretty far). We will use the first 3 weeks to Deep Clean most places for some traditional Spring Cleaning. My philosophy with Spring Cleaning versus spreading cleaning out annually is to do some of both. During Week 4 of the challenge, we will learn all about how to manage the Maintenance Plan and how to use the HH List (Household Checklist). We’ll get caught up with laundry and plan our cleaning routines for the next week. During Week 5, we’ll Reset Our Cleaning Routines and live happily ever after … mostly.
And while the Spring Cleaning Challenge is going on, I’ll be posting new content as well as updating older content that will help educate and inspire you. I guess you can say that my blog will be getting a little bit of Spring Cleaning right along with the challenge, which will help you get the information you need to know when you’re thinking about it.
The fun starts in one week, April 11th!
How to Participate –
The weekly tasks for the challenge will be given right here on the blog. This challenge is open to anyone who wants to join us during the next five weeks! I recommend involving your friends and family, because the more people you know following along, the more accountable you will feel to follow through.
Blog posts will go live early Monday morning, and the email (if you are subscribed to the blog newsletter) will arrive in your inbox Monday morning.
FREE Resources to help –
- Subscribe to the blog to receive emails when a new blog post publishes, like the challenge tasks. Subscribe using the little subscription box (mobile users –> scroll to the bottom of the screen or desktop users –> it is on the top right sidebar).
- Like the Mary Organizes Facebook page, because new challenge blog post links will be posted there, as well as other motivation throughout the week. (Facebook is funny – you may need to select “receive notifications from this page” to actually see the posts even if you like the page.)
- Get motivated on Instagram. This is the place I post most candidly and in real-time. (Since Facebook purchased Instagram, you now have to select to receive those notifications as well – yay.)
- Join the Mary Organizes Facebook group called Get Organized Today. This is an enormous and active group of people doing the challenge together. Have a question about something while you’re doing the challenge? Lots of people will have answers. It is an amazing group and the focus this year is on Loving our Homes. (**Please read and understand the rules so that you get to stay in the group. That group is thriving in part because of amazing moderators who put out fires most people never even notice burning. Not only that, each of them has a heart to help group members and can often be found supporting and encouraging. Thank you, ladies!)
More Help (*optional)
There is also an optional Printable Pack available in my shop for anyone who needs a little more help. Purchasing this printable is absolutely not required to successfully Spring Clean with us, but I did work hard on making it a great supplemental resource for those who choose to purchase it.
The Printable Pack has
- a calendar of tasks for visual people.
- checklists for linear people.
- extra tips and advice that comes from a lot of experience.
- summary descriptions on how to complete each task (some of these will also be available on the blog, but not all).
- a Household Checklist (you’ll use this year-round for tracking annual maintenance).
- Cleaning Routine Printable images.
- best of all, it puts all the information together in one place for easy access.
My Favorite Cleaners
Shaklee’s Basic H is my personal favorite cleaner, which is why I use it in my cleaning tutorials. Obviously you are free to substitute your favorite cleaner. I try to use descriptive words like all-purpose, disinfectant, window cleaner, or degreaser in the printable pack to help you know what kind of products you’d otherwise use when substituting. I am a Shaklee distributor now, but I chose to use these products before I sold them or even had this blog because I really do just prefer them. I like that they are natural, so I don’t worry when my kids use them, and they actually work. I do not have time to mess around with anything that doesn’t work. Starting with a Get Clean Kit is the best bang for your buck. You can purchase Shaklee HERE.
I can’t wait to go on this Spring Cleaning adventure with you. This new format makes the entire experience feel brand new even though I’ve Spring Cleaned many times. Thanks for being here and following along with me. I really do have the best readers on the whole planet!
Happy Spring Cleaning!