Spring Cleaning March 28, 2016 Spring cleaning is something I have to really get in the zone for. There’s no better feeling than coming home to a clean house—which is my motivation for my annual deep clean. I usually plan this for a weekend day when I know nothing is going on, and I’ll have the whole day to clean and organize top to bottom. To “get in the zone” I put on my cleaning apron, light a candle, turn on a good playlist and set out all the cleaning supplies I’ll need for the day. This prepares me for the work to come and makes my job easier knowing everything I need is in one spot. This spring cleaning is a perfect opportunity to rid your home of the “stuff” you can live without. I can’t stress this enough—your whole family will feel the benefits of rooms and spaces that can breathe, so before you even start the cleaning, get five trash bags and start filling them with items your family has outgrown or no longer needs. If you don’t love it, toss it. Trash anything that is broken and serves no purpose and donate items to local shelters and you’ll feel much better before you even start. I keep a list in my head of what all I want to deep clean, but I wanted to share a checklist of the things I like to do once a year that are easy to forget. I love the satisfaction of physically checking things off my to-do list. It motivates me to finish every single thing, so I came up with a printable to help motivate you to do the hard stuff. Download and print, or share, with whomever you think needs a little spring cleaning motivation! Now for the most important part of the whole day…reward yourself when you finish. For me, that’s eating a chocolate cupcake, laying in the hammock and just relaxing for an hour or so. Go ahead and treat yourself! You’ve done a good thing and your whole family is going to benefit from this for the rest of the year. If you use my printable, tag me on Instagram (@joannagaines) and let me know what you think!