Just as a home needs a good deep clean every once in a while, our motherhood also needs regular attention to remove build-up, purge junk, and generally put things back in order. If you want to freshen up your motherhood and make it sparkle like new, take these 5 steps to spring clean your motherhood.
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It’s officially spring! Which means, among other (much more fun) activities, you’re likely going to engage in some spring cleaning. While you’re polishing up your home, however, why not use this fresh season as an opportunity to spring clean your motherhood, as well??
What in the world does it mean to spring clean your motherhood? Just as a home needs a good deep clean every once in a while, our motherhood also needs regular attention to remove build-up, purge junk, and generally put things back in order.
If you want to freshen up your motherhood and make it sparkle like new, take these 5 steps to spring clean your motherhood.
5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Motherhood
Though there are many ways to go about cleaning up your motherhood, here are 5 simple (though not at all easy) steps to start:
Take stock of what’s there
Pretty much every cleaning “expert” agrees that when deep cleaning a space, it’s best to take everything out before beginning the cleaning process. The idea is that you’re so used to seeing everything in your environment, your eyes naturally skim over stuff that shouldn’t be there. By removing everything you can from a space, you can evaluate it with keener eyes.
Therefore, the first step to spring clean your motherhood is to spend some time pulling things out and taking stock of what’s there.
What habits do you see? Where do you spend your time? What are your core values as a mom, and does your current mothering reflect that?
Resist the urge to avoid this reflection or wallow in mom guilt from it. The purpose of this step isn’t to shame you but rather to simply see what’s there. Just as you have to see the state of your home in order to clean it, you have to face the reality of your motherhood in order to take the next steps.
Purge & Declutter
Once you’ve pulled out all the “stuff” in your motherhood — the treasures, the junk, and everything in between — it’s time to declutter.
Ask yourself what needs to be there and what doesn’t? What is serving a purpose, and what’s holding you back from being the mom you want to be? What brings you joy, and what makes you a grump?
Maybe it’s habits you need to break. Maybe it’s reactions to triggers you need to reprogram (I HIGHLY recommend the book The Cranky Mom Fix for this). Or maybe it’s activities and busyness you need to take off your plate.
Whatever it is that’s moving you away from your mom vision and values rather than toward them, it’s time to purge.
Clean all the hidden nooks and crannies
Spring cleaning is the time to get into all those corners and crevices you ignore the rest of the year. In the same way, dig into the hidden nooks and crannies when spring cleaning your motherhood.
Take this opportunity to examine the heart of your mothering. Do some serious soul searching. Delve into your motives and responses. Root out some of the false assumptions you’ve been making or lies you’ve been believing. And do some hard nitty-gritty work of cleaning them out.
Freshen it up
One of the best parts of spring cleaning a home is opening the windows and airing out the space that has been closed up through the winter. Similarly, you can open up your motherhood to freshen it up.
Open up some of those places you’ve closed off for a while, whether that means meeting some other moms you can connect with, trying a new activity or endeavor, or getting help in a certain area of motherhood you’ve been struggling with.
Open yourself up, take the risk of being vulnerable, and bring some fresh air into your mothering.
Enlist help from others
This final point isn’t so much a step in the process as it is an overarching piece of advice. Just as cleaning a home is more tolerable and enjoyable with a friend or loved one by your side, so will be spring cleaning your motherhood. So, throughout the process, turn to others for help and support.
Ask your husband for his observations (and then listen without offense or defense!). Bounce thoughts and ideas off a trusted friend. Seek help from a mentor, counselor, or therapist.
Wherever and however you can find it, enlist help. We weren’t meant to mom alone.
As you go about the spring cleaning of your home this year, I hope you’ll consider doing a little clean-up of your motherhood, as well. By taking these 5 steps to spring clean your motherhood, I think you’ll see a fresher, sparklier mom begin to emerge.
SHARE WITH US: What are your thoughts about “spring cleaning” your motherhood?? Is this something you’d like to do this year? Tell me what you think in the comments below!
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