A New Approach to Spring Cleaning

The last few months have been quite a whirlwind for my family. We have been involved in many activities outside of the house (several of which I had leadership roles in). We took a spur of the moment trip back to the U.S., with the jet lag and recovery that follows traveling several thousand miles and 7 time zones with four kids. Then we spent weeks fighting and passing around a minor but annoying winter illnesses. It has been challenging to say the least.

I have not been on top of guiding, training, and correcting my kids lately. In addition, my own attitude and motivation has been seriously struggling. We have all slipped into some pretty bad habits and behaviors. The kids are fighting with one another non-stop, the tones of voices heard in our house are rude or angry more often than not, chores are not getting done when they are supposed to, and parental direction is met with resistance.

As spring approaches I think it is time for some spring cleaning!

Spring

I’m not talking about dusting and cleaning out the drawers (although we need to do that too). I’m talking about cleaning up attitudes, behaviors, and habits.

Many times in my parenting journey I have thought, “if I could just take a couple weeks to really focus on this specific behavior or problem I could get everyone into a better routine and eliminate the issue.” The problem is I never follow through. I think it is time to finally put that plan into action.

It is going to take hard work, dedication, and determination on my part but I think in the long run it will make our family function better. Perhaps this sort of “spring cleaning” will become a regular family tradition.

In the next few months many of our regular outside of the house activities will be wrapping up. As things wind down I will be making a focused effort to work on the following areas in my family (adults are not exempt from this process):

  1. Organizing and decluttering

  2. Attitudes and Behavior

  3. Routines and Schedule

  4. Chores

  5. Reviewing and renewing goals and vision

In the coming weeks I will post more details about each area and how I plan to work on it. Later in the summer I will post a follow up for each category and let you know how it went, what worked and what didn’t.

Make sure you join me on Periscope (@sabrinascheerer) where I’ll share how things are going as we are working on it.

Do you have any areas that need “spring cleaning?” Share in the comments what you are going to be working on this spring. Remember to check back to see how I plan to address each individual area or subscribe to this blog to get the new posts in your inbox!

Comments

  1. I like this spring cleaning your attitude. I know you are exactly what you are saying. I like your list and your plans. I am looking forward to reading more in the future.

  2. Such a great idea. I’ve actually come up with some changes for my family, as well. My post will be up tomorrow 🙂 Anyways, I have three boys, and they also have been fighting a lot, yelling, and not sharing. Time for Spring cleaning of the attitudes for sure. I look forward to reading about your progress.

    • Decluttering is hard for me but of course a great thing to do and will definitely be something I work on in the upcoming months but adjusting the behavior and attitudes in my home is definitely the priority right now.

  3. I just took all the bags (about 10!) that were waiting on consignment to Good Will. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I’m right there with you. Time for Wise Words for Moms again and the chore pail. Seems like a spring habit that never gets to completion.

    • Wow that is a lot!! I do have some things I’m trying to sell or consign but I think a lot will end up at freecycle. We are starting a character training study and getting back on track with Accountable kids. More details will be shared soon.

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