Spring Cleaning Woes


Uncluttering your life must be this year’s catchphrase. I seem to read it everywhere.

I’ll admit it’s high on my list of priorities this year. We plan another massive garage sale in April. I hope it’ll be as successful as last year’s. I’ll be pricing stuff to go! Whatever doesn’t sell is going straight to Goodwill.

We’ve been clearing out the last vestiges of ‘stuff and nonsense’ from the other house. After this week, there should be nothing left at the old homestead.

I’m not a neat freak but I like things in their proper place. Nothing grates on my nerves more than having to look for something that has ‘disappeared’. I have some serious decluttering ahead of me though. I’m just waiting until everything is in one place before I start sorting between keep, donate, and sell.

If it were left to me, most of it would be gone, but I have a husband, therefore I have a giant stumbling block to decluttering. Greg won’t let anything go without a fight, but the other day he was actually good about meeting me halfway. These bouts don’t last long so I take advantage of it when it occurs.

I like to clean room by room. For example, if I organize the pantry, I take EVERYTHING out and start with a clean slate. I find it’s easier for me to declutter if I get to choose whether something goes back in the room or not.

How about you? Are you a collector, or do you declutter as you go? Do you have to be motivated before you do any deep cleaning? Any suggestions on how to decide when to let something go?

I’m trying to convince Greg to get rid of some of his unworn clothes. His stash is slowly taking over my side of the closet and I keep putting up barriers to keep his stuff on his side. I, on the other hand, have so few clothes I’ve actually been forced to buy a few new things.

muddy nana, sm
Muddy, and proud of it.

I might be a mule, but I’m no clothes horse.

Do you spring clean? What do you like to attack first?

Oh, and if anyone has any advice on how to reduce dust, please let me know.

With dogs, dust and fur are my biggest household demons. I don’t mind dusting, but it’s getting out of hand. There’s got to be a more efficient way.

Nana does not make my life any easier. I swear she was snickering at me when I took this picture.

PS  I’m in and out today, but I’ll reply to all comments before the day is out.




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  1. I don’t spring clean, but I probably should. Heck, I should dust every now and then, too. 🙂 We’d love to move into a condo, but until we can afford two places for awhile, that won’t happen. I’m like you. I’d want to start the new place out empty, fill it with what we want and then what’s left over can go. Can’t do that if we have to move out right away.

  2. My husband and I are on the same page re decluttering and keeping things as clear and neat as possible without going crazy. Neither of us likes to clean though, so we are on board with any tips re making dusting easier. Those dust bunnies multiply like nobody’s business!

  3. Angela Brown

    Pretty much any time I move, I declutter. If it can’t fit in my car, it doesn’t make it to the new place with me. So I don’t have much in the way of stored up items to organize.

    Now, the dust and fur is a new thing I’m wrestling with as well. Maybe a commentor will have some good advice we both can use. 🙂

    • Angela: Back when we had Samoyeds I used to vacuum twice a day, but who has time for that now?

      I try to avoid curtains and rugs because I think they hold a lot of dirt, but Greg likes rugs so it’s a tug of war with that.

  4. We must be twins from different mothers married to twins from different mothers, LOL. I’m the same as you and my hubby is like your husband. I have to fight him tooth and nail for getting rid of things too, though he is getting a bit better about things. I don’t really do spring cleaning, I try to keep things up weekly and then we usually end up moving before it really needs the windows done, etc., and then I hire someone to do that work 🙂

    Garage sales are always great to have; good luck with yours next month.


    • Barbara: I’m shocked at how much Iko sheds. He’s not a pure bred rottie, and I think that shows with how much he sheds. But he does have the softest, silkiest coat. I wish my hair was as lustrous as his his fur. 🙂

  5. I love those electrostatic dusters. Like feather dusters but just plasticky-er. They’ll dust anything! and clean easily under warm running water. They’re my tip for getting dust off paintings, artificial flowers or anything you can’t wash.

  6. I schedule my cleaning every week and go room by room. Like you I prefer to clean everything versus just picking up here and there. I also spring clean every year, too, but I try not to be a pain about it. I have three rooms done and four to go.

    My guy (who sounds a lot like your guy) is allowed to hoard whatever he wants, as long as it stays in the garage. Since he works out there most of the time he polices himself to keep the clutter in check. I don’t go in the garage unless I have to because it is a huge freaking mess — but it’s his mess, and it keeps him happy.

    Changing the A/C filters more often has helped a little with the dust problems we’ve had. I also use washable microfiber cloths when I dust, and pop them in the dryer for a few seconds before I start so they have some static going. I don’t make people take off their shoes when they come in the house, but I do have rugs at all the doors, which I shake out and wash often, too.

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