Friday, May 1, 2015

Spring Cleaning

So, in the past month, my family has had 2 double ear infections, the plague (seriously, it was nasty), refrigerator and dishwasher kick the bucket, celebrated Easter and Abby's birthday...and in between we managed to go to Nashville, Gatlinburg, Cincinnati, and Chicago. It's been a little on the crazy side around here and will probably only get crazier. Why? Because we are meeting with a realtor tomorrow to officially put our house on the market and start house hunting! I'm super excited and a little nervous, but I'm really looking forward to finding our next place to call home :)

Since it's been insanity central over here, our house has been quite neglected. We really need to do a lot of cleaning up to get this place ready to sell. And, since we'll be doing showings, I need to get the clutter under control. So, my goal for this month is to do some massive spring cleaning!

My main areas of focus will be:

1. Clear out every room and make a Keep, Sell (having a garage sale in two weeks!), and Donate pile.

2. Clean rooms from top to bottom.

3. Only put back what needs to stay. Pack everything else and move to storage.

4. Find a good (aka easy) daily cleaning schedule and stick with it...that way the house will be ready to go for any last minute showings.

Last year at this time, I was super pregnant and nesting/cleaning like crazy. I had been doing great with setting a timer and cleaning up, and I think I need to start implementing that again. This is a great reminder of what a big difference just ten minutes can make!!

Anyone have any good cleaning tips or tricks to get your house ready to sell? Is it weird I'm so excited to stage my house...all my years of watching House Hunters have prepared me for this moment ;)

Happy Friday!


  1. Good luck with your Spring Cleaning mission!!! It always feels so good when it's done! And a little extra money in your pocket after the sale will be nice too!

  2. Christina SotherdenMay 1, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Spring cleaning is on the to do list here for next weekend – I look at it as we just have to get through this to get to summer, ha! Good luck with getting it all done!

  3. Wow, that was a busy month!! Glad you're all on the mend and had some fun adventures in between. Good luck with all of your Spring cleaning!! I'm sure it'll feel good to get back into a routine. I've also watching lots of TLC/HGTV house hunting shows, but have never sold a house myself. Soooo take good notes and be sure to share your tips when you sell your house :)

  4. I feel like I need a better cleaning plan because things just do not stay clean!

  5. Thanks Whitney! I'll take good notes and pass on the info :) I feel like we're learning a lot..we bought our current house from friends so we've never dealt with a realtor before!

  6. plan is trying to get my husband on board with my plan ;)

  7. Good luck with your spring cleaning too! :)

  8. Thanks! I am feeling motivated so hoping to make a lot more progress this week!! :)

  9. Your last sentence in the best! I bet our DVR recordings look very, very similar! ;-)


  10. House Hunters, Fixer Upper, Love it or List It, Property Brothers...yeah, love me some HGTV :)

  11. Sarah Elizabeth FrazerMay 5, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing. I'd love for you to join me this week. I'm giving away TWO copies of TWO books in honor of Mother's Day. :)


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