Spring is in the air. Easter, daylight savings time, outdoor picnics…spring cleaning?
Now that Eric and I have upgraded from our love shack and moved into our little home, we have taken much more pride in keeping it clean. We both take turns cleaning certain parts of the house. Last week, I did all the bathrooms (there’s 2.5!) and our bedroom, and he cleaned the kitchen and living room. This week, we switched.
Somewhere in there, we hope the rest of the house gets cleaned too, like the man room—which I refuse to touch (or perhaps I’m not allowed in, tomato to-mah-to), and yes, we do call it “the Man room.”
Now that we have a whole new place to decorate, we can’t wait to make trips to Bed, Bath and Beyond to stock up on some new home furnishings and visit Home Depot to buy plants for the garden we’re trying to grow. Little by little, we’re getting it done.
These are my tips for spring cleaning with your spouse:
Set a timeframe
One of the things I hated as a little kid was when my mom would clap her hands every Saturday morning, because I knew that meant it was “cleaning time.” I grew to detest Saturday mornings for this very reason.
Similarly, Eric and I don’t necessarily have the same schedule ( I work Monday thru Friday, 7:30 to 5, he works graveyards shifts on sporadic days). On top of our diverse schedules, some days you have to admit, you just don’t feel like cleaning. For this very reason, we allow ourselves a timeframe (usually about 5 days) to get the deep cleaning chores done. It doesn’t matter when you do it, as long as its within the allotted timeframe.
So far this has worked really well for us.
Don’t clean the same area
Eric and I work much better as a team when we’re not in the same room. If we happen to have a weekend where we end up cleaning at the same time, we always stay in different areas. Even when we lived in our one-room shack, he would clean the kitchen and upstairs loft, while I did the bathroom and living room. It works best this way as we’re not stepping on each other (figuratively and literally, when it came to the shack).
Don’t clean over your spouse
Once your spouse has cleaned an area, resist the urge to go over and clean it yourself. If it doesn’t meet your standards, maybe you can teach them a couple of things in a nice non-overbearing way. Whenever Eric cleans our bedroom, he always forgets to dust the bedside tables. I’ll casually mention it “Oh did you dust the tables?” And he’ll give me a sheepish look. But I don’t clean them, I just wait until it’s my turn to clean our bedroom and I’ll dust them myself.