Spring Clean- Household Management Tip

Even if there is still a wicked lot of snow on the ground all through the month of March we’ve decided spring is in the air. On Fridays this month the Wickeds are celebrating spring by talking spring cleaning, for the home for the body and for the mind.

meal planningJessie: One of the best ways I know to keep things running smoothly is to make a menu each week. I look at the calendar to see who will be home and what my work load will be. Then I plan a meal for each week night. I make my grocery list at the same time and add in the staples we need for breakfasts and lunches. I tend to be flexible about switching days around if plans change but I love knowing I have a plan in place if I want to use it and the ingredients on hand to make it work.

Liz: I, unfortunately, am abysmal at running a household. I get most things done on a wing and a prayer, especially when I’m crazy busy. So I’ll definitely be filing away the rest of your tips for when I’m not on a deadline and can get focused!

payingbillsEdith: My household is a total of two people these days. I figure if we have food in the fridge, the laundry doesn’t back up too far, and the bills are paid, we’re managing. I do most of the cooking, he does most of the meal cleanup. I do the laundry, he folds it and takes it back upstairs. I pay the bills, usually while listening to one of my favorite NPR shows on Saturdays. He buys the beer and fixes everything. Housecleaning tends to slide until it’s either too far gone to ignore, I start sneezing, or we have guests coming! As far as cooking goes, it helps to have a well-stocked pantry and freezer, and to have two awesome farms within a two- mile drive.

flylady_htmlJulie: I do find that the change of seasons helps me rethink my systems, or lack thereof. Since I am a Virgo, I love systems, and am always exploring new ones. I revisit Flylady, and try to think through my routines, and make tweaks. I also go through my closet, and use the “if I haven’t worn it in a year, and I don’t wear it in the next two weeks, I am going to bless someone else with this” rule. Now, I have weight I am trying to drop, so there are some clothes I am holding on to for ten more pounds. But if those ten pounds don’t happen, I need to get rid of them. I also spring clean cabinets, one at a time. In spring I am all about toss, toss, toss.

dontatingclothesBarb: I’m with Julie. Spring is all about toss, toss, toss. As my brother has said, “We must be the only culture every on the face of the earth burdened by getting rid of things, rather than desperately needing to acquire them to survive.” Every year, twice a year when I switch out my warm weather clothes for cold weather clothes and vice versa, I make a sizable donation. I know that clothing drives have constant shortages of clothing for large-sized woman like me, so that helps me feel good about sending those clothes on their way.

attic0000-000000000000_00000065-075e-0000-0000-000000000000_20121003162129_atticSherry: I love what your brother said, Barb — it’s so true. I highly recommend moving every two to three years to help control the amount of stuff that gets accumulated. Okay, so it isn’t very practical but worked for me during our years in the military. When you are constantly packing and unpacking you find a lot of stuff you really, really don’t need. Julie’s “if you haven’t worn it in a year” works for other stuff too. If you have items tucked in closets, in basements and attics and haven’t used it for a year maybe it’s time to get rid of it.

So dear readers, do you have a tip to start spring in an organized way?

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About Jessie Crockett

Jessie Crockett wears a lot of hats, both literally and literarily. As Jessie Crockett she is the Daphne Award winning author of Live Free or Die and the nationally bestselling Sugar Grove series. As Jessica Ellicott she has received starred reivews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal for her historical mystery Murder in an English Village. As Jessica Estevao she writes the Agatha Award nominated Change of Fortune Mysteries. She loves the beach, fountain pens, Mini Coopers and throwing parties. She lives in northern New England where she obsessively knits wool socks and enthusiastically speaks Portuguese with a shocking disregard for the rules of grammar. As Jessie Crockett she’s the author of the nationally bestselling Sugar Grove Mysteries and the Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Live Free or Die.

6 thoughts on “Spring Clean- Household Management Tip

  1. Last June, I started 365 days of 1 less thing. Today is 296 and I have gotten rid of well over 400 items with more to go. Some where along the way I discovered two rules. 1. Balance, which means for every non-perishable item I buy I must get rid of a similar item and that does not count towards my 1 less thing. The other is the use it or lose it rule. If I really love something than I must use it or get rid of it. My pocket book, friends and family have all benefitted. My pocket book because I am spending much less and have sold some items. My friends and family because I love stationary and cards. As a result everyone is getting letters 🙂

    I’m so glad I started this project as in April I am moving. This has inspired me to get rid of much more stuff.

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