How to Spring Clean When You Have Spring Fever

Karen Patten

To mark spring’s arrival, I’m breaking free from the prison of a nasty wet winter when I hibernated with fuzzy socks, the warmth of soups and stews, and the sounds and smells of a crackling fireplace on a bone-chilling rainy day!

Spring fever’s got me It’s power dictates what I do – just like I remember teenage hormones dictating all manner of stupid decisions. But now, it pushes me to do the things that I really love and to reimagine ways to take care of the necessities.

Spring urges me to move outside, fling my windows open, plant a garden, discover new flowers, keep the kids up late, dine alfresco – for every meal, enjoy the soft breezes against my face in my back yard, run in the rain, splash in puddles, throw responsibility to the wind, arrive late for all my appointments – I basically allow myself enjoy the season and live in the moment!

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So spring cleaning is the very LAST thing I want to do. It’s been romanticized – but, let’s face it, it’s still cleaning. You can only put so much lipstick on a cleaning pig. And besides, we had people in and out during the holidays and I was doing plenty of cleaning – shallow, deep, and every other kind.

Spring is the season to embrace your passions and follow your heart. It’s the season to be authentic – to do that which brings you joy and to reject the myth of spring cleaning! Breathe in the fresh air, spend time with the ones you love, and prepare yourself for a summer of outdoor fun!

But do you still need to clean when you have spring fever? Well…maybe a little! Instead of a brutal deep cleaning, I do some things that I like to think of as “happy” projects.

Spring “Spruce Up” for People with Spring Fever

My favorite way to “clean” when I have spring fever? Open the windows and doors and shoo out all the stuffy air in the house. It’s simple and refreshing.

I love a pretty new welcome mat for my deck and a quick trip to the garden store for a few baskets of pretty flowers to add color and cheer.

On the neutral background of my sofa and chairs – I spice things up any way I want for any season or holiday. The quickest easiest way is to change out my pillow covers; it’s quick, inexpensive and makes a big impact!

I’ve made a point of displaying the boys’ art in a couple of places throughout the house. Spring is one of my favorite times to move these around and replace older works with newer ones.

Prepare for Summer Instead of Cleaning

I do take the opportunity to do a few seasonal check-ups – we live in the South, so I make sure that I have the air-conditioner checked out. Because if mama is hot this summer – ain’t nobody happy.

And I check out the grill and pick up a new propane tank, because I’m hoping it gets a ton of use this summer. Nothing makes me happier than all the neighborhood kids gettin’ rowdy in our yard while we toss hotdogs and burgers on the grill. Who doesn’t love the smell of the grill on a warm summer day?

It fills my heart to be the house that all the kids flock to. So I want to make sure we have some really “cool” toys. We love water blasters, sprinklers, and we love ALL the super soakers!

And this is my little slice of embarrassment in the world – a baby pool for my feet. Yes, think Raising Arizona. It’s not pretty, but I don’t care; if my feet are cool, summer is that much better.

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One thing that I don’t enjoy during my spring “cleaning” is shopping for cleaning products and household needs. Who wants to run to the store when you could be unwinding outside? So in the spirit of making everything more enjoyable this summer, let me introduce you to Grove Collaborative.

Grove is my favorite subscription service to deliver natural cleaning, home, beauty, and baby products right to your doorstep, on your schedule. It’s like having a brilliant personal assistant who keeps your home stocked up on the essentials while you relax and soak up the sun.

When you sign up for Grove right now using this special link, you’ll get this Summer Chef’s set FREE with your first order of $20. Here’s what’s included:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray
  • Free Grove Collaborative Bubble Up
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

(If you’re already a subscriber, use this link and since you already know all the awesomeness, Grove will gift you a free set of Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges!)

Want to get outside to enjoy friends and family this spring? Clean when you have spring fever - this is more of a guided spring "spiff up" so you can move on with what's more important. www.themidlifemamas.com

The set is everything you need to make summer cleanup easy and enjoyable. Since you can choose your scents for the free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, and multi-surface spray, you can create a matching set (like I did) or mix-and-match your favorites. I’ve been using the radish scent, and, though I have no idea what an actual radish smells like, 

I also adore this Grove Collaborative Bubble Up, which is a spring-loaded soap dish and scrub brush. It looks cute on my counter, and it’s a super convenient way to tackle kitchen messes. (And maybe I should mention how fun my six-year old thinks it is…he BEGS to wash dishes…)

That’s what Grove Collaborative is all about: creating a healthy, beautiful home with less effort on less money. I’ve been using Grove for just over a year now, and I still look forward to my monthly shipment.

Treat yourself to this FREE Summer Chef’s set and give Grove Collaborative a try — I promise you’ll never go back! As a bonus, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial when you place your order. That means free shipping, free gifts, price matching, and personal service.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Summer Chef’s Set for free when you sign up!
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Cheers to those of you who are bold enough to reimagine how to clean when you have spring fever!

Welcome!

Hi, I’m Karen, the Atlanta mama, writer, and creator at Intentional Family Life. I’m a passionate advocate for intentional living so that you can experience all that you deserve for yourself and your family. Here, I inspire moms to chose what matters most and then to only do the things that move them closer to what matters most. Read More About Karen…

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