Spring is right around the corner and the internet is abuzz with tips and hacks to follow for Spring Cleaning. You’ll find help all around to see how much deep cleaning you can get done in a week, or even a day. When I read many of the ideas it is exhausting to even think about. I prefer to update my Spring Cleaning plan.

The first thing I will tell you about Spring Cleaning is: I hate it! I know it’s a great tradition and we should follow our great-grandmothers in cleaning every square inch of our homes, but I think it’s an antiquated process.

Most women and families aren’t able to devote the time needed to clean the house from top-to-bottom in a short stretch of time. With working schedules and outside activities keeping us busy and tired, Spring Cleaning just isn’t practical.

I prefer a more simple approach: A Yearly Cleaning Plan. With a Yearly Cleaning Plan, every chore in my home can be planned out over the year’s time. Nothing will be left un-done, but I won’t feel the pressure to accomplish a ton of work in the Spring.


I know that some people prefer to get it over within a week or so, and that’s fine. But for me, I could never make that work.

I learned about planning my cleaning chores over the year’s time by reading books from Emilie Barnes. Her books described a more simple way of cleaning my home. Cleaning isn’t fun for anyone, but why would we want to add more stress to our lives.

Simply Organized was the first book by Emilie Barnes that I read. I read more of her books through the years, and they were all excellent. This book can be found for sale on used book stores, such as Thriftbooks and Alibris. The book is small and very easy to understand.

Of course, the book describes a simple way to live an organized and beautiful life. Cleaning tasks are organized by how often they should be repeated. Tasks are broken down by category and placed on a master plan.

My Home Cleaning Planner

I love a master plan, because then I can see the big picture as well as the details. I’m so excited to let you know that I’ve created a free Cleaning Planner to help you plan your cleaning. You’ll be able to download and print out all the pages that help you to get on top of your cleaning tasks.

I hope that you’ll consider a different way to approach cleaning and avoid the guilt of Spring Cleaning. If you enjoy the tradition, the free planner can still help you to organize your tasks. What are your thoughts and plans?

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Nerlande · March 1, 2020 at 11:11 am

I love this post it’s so helpful and makes things much easier

    Lisa Ehrman · March 1, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Thanks! My goal is to be helpful πŸ™‚

Natalie · March 1, 2020 at 3:24 pm

I like the idea of simplifying spring cleaning! It can be very overwhelming to tackle.

Tamra Phelps · March 1, 2020 at 5:59 pm

I don’t usually have a cleaning plan. I have to wait for the urge to hit. One day, I just wake up feeling like it’s time to open the windows and let fresh air in and get rid of the Winter dust.

    Lisa Ehrman · March 2, 2020 at 11:07 am

    That way you’ll be really motivated. πŸ™‚

Deb Pelletier · March 1, 2020 at 9:46 pm

Thanks for the information. πŸ™‚

rochelle haynes · March 2, 2020 at 12:41 am

Thanks for the rips looking good

Sarah L · March 2, 2020 at 12:46 am

I do love Spring, but not the Spring Cleaning so much. Thanks for the tips.

    Lisa Ehrman · March 2, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Yes, I would like to just enjoy the beauty of the season.

June S. · March 3, 2020 at 7:09 pm

(How To Update Your Spring Cleaning Plan) I started my Spring cleaning last week, going from room to room. But I ended up catching a cold so know I am in bed for a couple of days now. I tried to get things done, but failed. πŸ™

    Lisa Ehrman · March 3, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Well, there’s still a lot of time to do it. I’m so sorry that you caught a cold. It’s such a miserable thing. Hope you are feeling better real soon πŸ™‚

Dana Rodriguez · March 6, 2020 at 12:41 pm

Very helpful post! I have been thinking about getting started on my Spring cleaning this weekend.

    Lisa Ehrman · March 6, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you, Dana. I hope that you can make it a fun event πŸ™‚

Calvin · March 7, 2020 at 3:23 pm

Good to have a plan when you clean, I tend to clean cumulatively .

Katie Bellamy · March 14, 2020 at 9:51 pm

This makes me want to start cleaning!

    Lisa Ehrman · March 15, 2020 at 11:36 am

    It has really become a great time to do it, now that many of us are home to stay πŸ™‚

Edna Williams · March 15, 2020 at 2:15 pm

I like cleaning! Thanks for the awesome tips!

    Lisa Ehrman · March 15, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I’m glad! I confess that I mainly just like the results of cleaning πŸ™‚

Kari B · March 18, 2020 at 1:43 pm

I need to get started on my Spring cleaning. Thanks for getting me started on a plan.

    Lisa Ehrman · March 18, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    You’re very welcome! I hope it goes well πŸ™‚

Vickie L Couturier · July 22, 2020 at 8:13 am

we are getting ready to have a city wide yard sale to make money and rid of unwanted items,,i convinced the city to let us have a 2 day permit free weekend so going to get a lot of stuff cleaned out

    Lisa Ehrman · July 22, 2020 at 11:41 am

    That’s great! I hope that you’ll having very successful sale!

L. Emmaline · July 28, 2020 at 11:35 pm

I needed this cleaning reminder thank you.

Megan Allen · February 19, 2021 at 10:14 am

I have to start thinking about spring cleaning! Thanks for sharing your tips!

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