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.
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.