In case you missed it, Tuesday marked the first day of spring, and we couldn’t be more excited! Not only are we ready for warmer weather, but there’s also something about the seasons changing that gets us ready for a refresh. This year, we’re challenging ourselves to be more holistic about our approach to “spring cleaning”—taking some time to think about the ways we need to refresh mentally and spiritually along with tackling the more traditional deep cleaning we’ve been ignoring for months. And, of course, we’re providing some fun printables to inspire even the messiest of us. 🙂
First, let’s talk traditional spring cleaning. Some people love it, some hate it, but not many are left in the middle. For those who want to go all-out, we’ve created a 30 Days of Spring Cleaning Printable, with 30 cleaning tasks ranging from clearing out the gutters to finally cleaning the oven. Do one item a day, or pace the days out over a longer span of time. If 30 days of cleaning feels overwhelming, pick 10 items on the list to prioritize and record those on the blank checklist we’ve provided. The key is setting a realistic goal that works for you, your home, and your family.
Want a simpler way to get started? Think about items you rarely or never use and donate them! Click here for some fun “Donate” and “Keep” labels to sort clothes, toys, books, or whatever you most want to simplify. We’ve also included a label and recipe for a homemade two-ingredient cleaner to get you started cleaning basic surfaces. These can be some small first steps that inspire you to keep cleaning!
When we do physically clean a space, it can make it easier for us to step back, reflect, and process—almost like it clears our minds as well! But dirty house or clean, we love to take some time to step back and evaluate where we are mentally and spiritually. We’ve included some Scripture cards as a starting place, but here are some additional questions to ask yourself:
- What rhythms and routines do I currently practice? Which ones bring joy and growth? Which ones do not?
- Are there distractions or habits that I need to step away from? What would be the first step in me doing so?
- What’s one way I can be more intentional about resting or creating space in my life?
- Pick one new thing to learn in this new season (new language, hobby, etc.).
- What has God taught me during the winter season? How can I better set aside time and space to continue to hear His voice in the spring season?
- Is there something God is calling me to step into in this season (new job, new city, new friendship, etc.)?
This can be a lot to think about, so it may help to journal your thoughts, pray about them, and discuss with your friends or family to fully process what this last season has looked like for you and where you sense God is leading you. We are so grateful for a new season and the opportunities it brings to reflect on the coming months and where God is taking us!
What other ways do you use the spring season to reset? What are your favorite cleaning tips for those of us who aren’t the most inspired to deep clean anything? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!
Also, you can click any of the images below for the printables we mentioned in the post!