• If you're overwhelmed at the idea of spring cleaning, just try to think about a few spots that, if cleaned, would make you feel refreshed. Over at Simple Mom they're tackling just five hot spots (like paper clutter or kids' stuff).
• Something like cleaning the fridge is necessary, but also a large task you might not have time for with little ones around. Tip Nut tells you how to break it up into ten minute intervals a day until it's done. We deep clean our whole kitchen like this a few times a year and it really works.
• Either buy some new cleaning supplies that look fun to use or give yourself a reward for when you accomplish something. It might be fresh flowers in that room, hanging up new homemade bunting, or spritzing a splurge air freshener. Putting on that finishing touch and admiring your work will be satisfying- you know it will! Another idea is to take the family out to dinner at a favorite restaurant after a family cleaning day.
• Choose a number of things you will throw out (or give away) - it's that simple. The author of Amy's Finer Things decided to get rid of 730 items in one year. For your spring cleaning, you can decide on a much smaller number and be done with it.
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