The One-a-Day Spring Cleaning Approach

Le sigh.

Since my valiant attempt to declutter and organize my home in January, I’ve been at a bit of a standstill. More like a gradual decline, actually.

Money Saving Mom has been hosting 4 weeks to a more organized home series where she focuses on one task (even small) at a time. This has gotten me thinking. What if I were to do one thing – only ONE thing – every day for May? Would I actually end up with an organized home? Would I be exhausted? Would I live to tell the story? 

My general approach has been to do what I call these Big Clean Days where I clean, clean, clean until I poop out. This just leaves me exhausted and the task never gets done as I intended.

Instead of following Money Saving Mom’s list of assignments, I decided to make my own of stuff that needs to get done at MY house. I’ve then assigned each task a day. I’ve even worked in some days off (for busy days or special days).

Here’s my list:

May 1: Organize the Entry Way
May 2: Clean out my Car
May 3: Clean the Garage Fridge
May 4: Clean the Master Closet
May 5: Drive items to Donation
May 6: OFF
May 7: Clean the Pantry
May 8: Clean Daughter’s Closet
May 9: Clean Son’s Closet
May 10: OFF
May 11: Organize the Guest Bathroom Closet
May 12: OFF
May 13: Organize the Linens Closet
May 14: Clean the Deck and Porch Off
May 15: Clean the Deck and Porch Off, Day 2
May 16: Organize Coupons
May 17: OFF
May 18: Clean the Garage
May 19: Clean the Garage
May 20: OFF
May 21: Clean and Organize Laundry Room
May 22: Clean and Organize Master Bed & Bath
May 23: Spruce up Front Yard
May 24: OFF
May 25: Clean Hall Closet
May 26: Drive any items to Donation
May 27: Clean the Junk Drawers (yes, plural)
May 28: OFF
May 29: Organize Kids’ Crafting Area
May 30: Clean out Hallways
May 31: Party Day

During this time, it’s also a given that I’ll be keeping the kitchen tidy, bathrooms clean, and stay on top of the laundry. After all, who cares if you have a beautiful linen closet if your kitchen is full of dirty dishes?

If you care to join me, I’d love to have some company. Just make a list that makes sense for your home. If you’re game, I’d be happy to brag about your efforts too – just send me some before/after pictures and any write-ups about your progress (angela @ thecouponproject dot com). I’ll include as many as I can on my weekly report back.

You in?


  1. Catherine says

    Yes! My house needs a spring cleaning. I’ve gotten an exercise routine down and have really improved my eating habits in the past two months. Now I’m reading to add in a clean home routine. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Annie says

    I’m in! I’ve been trying to do this.. but it seems “clean kitchen” ends up on at least 4 days a week..

    • arussell says

      Oh gosh BTDT!!! I have cleaned my kitchen every day last week. GUess what? It’s messy this morning.

  3. says

    Oh I’ll be joining you, kinda on my own super crazy schedule!! I have sooo many projects going on it’s so stressful to think, ‘how am I going to get it all done?’ A bit at a time! You motivate me and with that….Thanks!!

  4. says

    I attempted to do the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge last month, I did pretty well through the first 20 days then it fell apart. I think my mistake was make a list and then just going straight down assigning the dates rather than looking at my calendar and assigning places based on that. Some of the most difficult rooms ended up during the middle of the week as opposed to the weekend. I definitely want to finish the rest of the challenge, its just going to take me more than 40 days. :)

    Just like Annie, my kitchen (especially kitchen table) need work daily. The kitchen counter and table is such an easy spot to drop off things that it tends to get overly cluttered in the matter of minutes.

  5. Amanda says

    I just sent you an email :-) I’ve had my list for a while, but my family jokingly says “procrastination” is my middle name. I’ve gotten a few major things checked off my list, but the continuing it while also “maintaining” the other parts of the house cleaning while 3 boys (my hubby is my 3rd child) pretty much destroy what progress I make is daunting to say the least.

  6. Lindsey W. says

    I’m in! Decided to stick close to your list mainly because I only have 2 tiny surfaces to clean in the entryway. This means I’ve already made great progress on day 1. Yippee! Let’s hear it for instant success!

    • arussell says

      Awesome!! I cleared about half of my entry so far. Wasn’t so bad once I got started. I may actually be able to clean the floor! :)

  7. Karen says

    This is great. I just made my list today and I’m excited to get started. Today’s project was to make the list so “check”! Tomorrow I tackle mopping my daughter’s room and cleaning her blinds. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Ginean says

    Great idea… no list yet. I have been working off a mini-list jotted down but mostly in my head (easier to adjust when needed!!). The hall (linen+) closet got done last week. I am going to send you a picture of what I accomplished today. There isn’t a before picture but I think it will be quite clear as to how it may have looked before…! Oh, and I made up our bed this morning, I had missed a few days, well more than a few days of making it, just got out of the habit. Though, I manage to make sure the kids make their beds every morning. Speaking of kids, organized my daughters drawers yesterday, did her closet today, and had both my son and daughter clean and organize their drawers today!


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