Spring Cleaning In Real Life and A Challenge

I cannot believe that it is March already! This year is flying by at break-neck speed. The weather here in Kentucky is making me long for spring and summer, and I am ready to do some spring cleaning.


For me spring cleaning has to be done in little bits. I would guess that this is the case for most of us. We still have to go to work, we still have to feed our families, kids still have school, etc. Starting on Monday, I will be doing one thing each weekday during the month of March. The way the calendar falls, I will have four full weeks, or twenty weekdays, to do my spring cleaning. That may seem like too much cleaning, but I have figured that no single job will take more than an hour of my time and, some days, it may be as quick as 5-10 minutes. It is what I am calling spring cleaning in real life!

I am not going to be blogging about that every day. That would get a little much and I have other things I want to write about. I am, however, going to let you know each week day morning what I am working on that day on my Facebook page. I would love for you to join me. You do not have to work on the same thing but you can if you want. It will be motivating to know that others are working on spring cleaning too. (Okay, truth be told that is why I am doing this. I work better if I know others are doing it, too!) So be sure to like my page (you can do it on the right hand side of this blog) and let us know if you are spring cleaning!

The Challenge!

I am giving myself the challenge of getting rid of one item a day during the month of March. There are 31 days in March which means I will have at least 31 fewer items in my house at the end of the month.

I want to challenge you to do the same thing. I will let you know my weekly progress and you can share in the comments what you have done. It could be a clothing item you have not worn in a long time, a toy your kids do not play with, or an old magazine that isn’t being read. It does not matter what it is. Just one item a day!

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  ~William Morris (1834-1896)

Are you up for the challenge? 31 items in 31 days. Leave us a comment and let us know if you are in!


  1. Biting my tongue, but going for it! I’m in!

  2. Robin Griffin says:

    31 less items in my house by the end of the month?! That sounds awesome! Count me in Johanna!

  3. I’m in, too. I just got done going through some stuff and “throwing” stuff out, but this is definitely another good goal/challenge. My “throw-out” pile is in our garage, waiting until yard sale season. :)

    • When we lived in a house I always had a goodwill or garage sale box going. It’s a little harder in an apartment, but I still have a bag going for goodwill.

  4. I’m an avid blog reader, and your use of the William Morris quote made me think of Jules’s blog. Check out her William Morris series: http://pancakesandfrenchfries.com/2012/01/the-intentional-home/

  5. Am I supposed to comment here on your FB page about getting rid of stuff? I started with a bang. Cleaned out the closet and got rid of over 40 items! Wahoo!! Felt good.


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