Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dear Daughters: Spring Cleaning for the Exhausted



Dear Daughters,

First of all, I understand your weariness and exhaustion as your workdays begin each morning, during this long, cold winter.

And even though your work may be uniquely yours (as an attorney, English teacher, or librarian),

I understand the feeling of the alarm ringing and the day beginning.

And so this letter is not about creating a Pinterest worthy post of no fail steps for you to follow in tackling your

spring cleaning.

In fact I have decided that published steps about how to do the things in your life often create


It becomes more about reading about the steps than taking them.

Please don’t misunderstand.

I love hearing about how people tackle the chores in their living.

But I also know that we often measure our mastery of said chores by someone else’s confidence in doing them

and talking about them.

To that I say, WHATEVER.

And so the housekeeping, spring cleaning idea that I want to share this morning is simply this-

look at , give away or keep , and clean everything you own.

There are no rules.

There is no timeline.

There is no wrong way to do this.

You don’t need perfectly labeled or color coded baskets.

When I was teaching, I did this every summer once the school year ended, and it worked.

My only rule- which doesn’t have to be yours – is that I looked at and dealt with everything we owned.

This may be the last thing on your mind this morning.

I know that too.

If this doesn’t get done, the sky won’t fall.

I promise.

Love , Mom


Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Laura, I'm glad you added the rule: "There is no timeline." That gives me hope, girlfriend.

Kim said...

I agree, cleaning is like decorating, no rules, no best way, just your way! I also believer that the less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to manage! :)

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Amen sister!
I just agree also with Kim M ahead of me EXCEPT I would say...
the less stuff "I" have, THE LESS STUFF "I" HAVE "MANAGING ME"!
...because you know we become a slave to these things.
That is why we are exhausted. :)

I can't help it...
and bee encouraged.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

And hire a cleaner to do your regular housework. There is no money better spent by a full-time working professional woman. It's worth every last friggin penny. Don't try to be Superwoman and do everything yourself.

Michelle said...

We can only do what we can do. You are right...the sky won't fall if it all doesn't get done.

Theresa said...

Sweet advice from a loving Mother:) I am in the midst of doing lots of cleaning, no list, no brightly colored baskets... just good 'ole Spring Cleaning:) Have a blessed week dear Laura, HUGS!

This N That said...

I do it in bits and pieces...Glad to know that the sky won't fall..

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Jane said...

Thanks! I needed this.

Jane said...

Thanks! I needed this.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

This made me feel a lot better than the posts that tell me Monday is Laundry Day; Tuesday is Clean the Bathroom Day, etc. Not that there's anything WRONG with that ;) but it good that the sky won't fall if we don't stick to that schedule!


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