The Busy Mom’s 30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

You’re invited to participate in the first Organizing Life with Littles’

30 day

Now, I get that our lives are busy.  I have two little guys running (or crawling) between my legs on a daily basis.  I know how hard it is to progress beyond basic home maintenance, but March is Spring Cleaning month for me, and I’m up for the challenge.  Would you like to join me?  Let’s motivate each other!

To provide the proper motivation, I have a handful of wonderful prizes to bribe you all with…

I have several sponsored gifts to offer from the generous etsy stores featured below.  The 5 winners of this challenge (chosen at random from participants who complete the challenge) will receive one of…

Any personalized print from Sara at Sprinkled Joy.  You should definitely check her out Etsy Store here (it’s all eye candy), but be prepared to want everything.  Here are some samples…



A project of your choice from Amy’s Crocheting.  This girl has some creative and fun stuff, perfect for any newborn photo shoot or just being stylish in chilly weather.   Some samples…



My friend, Jillian, will be offering this Dandelion Wish pendant (with a freshwater pearl) that can be strung onto a ribbon for an elegant and unique necklace.  I’ve seen one of these in person and they are gorgeous!


She also specializes in these gorgeous fabric flowers which you can see at her Etsy store .  These things are so versatile and work for both adults and children!  The possibilities are endless.


Next, my wonderful friend, Nikki, will be offering a $15 gift card to her store.  Nikki specializes in deliciously-elegant invitations, baby announcements, and collage prints.  Everything in her store looks like it stepped out of an Austen novel.  There’s so much potential here.  Have a birthday party coming up?  Want to have a formal dinner party?  Visit her etsy store here and get inspired!



Lastly, I will personally be offering a copy of Confessions of an Organized Homemaker which is a fun read if you’re an organizational freak like me or a plain ol’ helpful one if you’re not.


This is important…  Any participants who complete the challenge but aren’t among the random prize-winners will STILL get a guaranteed ‘percentage off’ all the etsy stores above.  How fun is that?

So, now that I have your attention, you’re probably curious as to what this challenge requires you to do?

The answer?  Just a little bit of something each day.

day 1

Keep in mind that this is not an ORGANIZING challenge, it is a CLEANING one.  (If this challenge goes over well, we’ll do an organizing one later!)  So grab your sponges and windex.  Try to imagine how much cheerier your home will be after all these things have been checked off on your list.

I will be doing this challenge right along side you.  If you’re brave enough, you can join me in posting Before and After pictures on our FACEBOOK PAGE.  If there’s anything I’ve learned about housecleaning, it’s that it’s much more fun to do alongside good company.  Consider me there, to motivate, encourage, and work alongside you (even if we’re on the other side of the world).

Here’s the challenge schedule.  As you may notice, I’ve planned in plenty of buffer time and catch-up days so there’s no excuse!


  •  Sat the 1st: Challenge Introduction and Guidelines (that’s today!)
  • Sun the 2nd: Rest, Worship, and Fellowship (so far, so good, right?)
  • Mon the 3rd:  Wash all household bedding
  • Tues the 4th: Spot-Clean Decorative Pillows 
  • Wed the 5th:Wash Area Rugs
  • Thur the 6th: Dusting & Polishing
  • Fri the 7th: Clean Windows
  • Sat the 8th: Catch-up Day!
  • Sun the 9th: Rest, Worship, and Fellowship


  • Mon the 10th: Detail Vacuum
  • Tues the 11th: Detail Clean Hard-Floors
  • Wed the 12th: Baseboards
  • Thur the 13th: Window/Door Frames
  • Fri the 14th: Doors, Doorknobs, & Switches
  • Sat the 15th: Catch-up Day!
  • Sun the 16th: Rest, Worship, and Fellowship


  • Mon the 17th: Vents, Cobwebs, Walls
  • Tues the 18th: Fridge
  • Wed the 19th: Freezer
  • Thur the 20th: Microwave
  • Fri the 21st: Oven/Stove
  • Sat the 22nd: Catch-up Day!
  • Sun the 23rd: Rest, Worship, and Fellowship


  • Mon the 24th: Dishwasher & Sinks
  • Tues the 25th: Small Appliances (blender, toaster, etc)
  • Wed the 26th: Trash Cans & Electronics
  • Thur the 27th: Toilets
  • Fri the 28th: Tubs/Showers
  • Sat the 29th: Catch-up Day!
  • Sun the 30th: Rest, Worship, and Fellowship
  • Mon the 31st: Last-minute Catch-up Day!
  • April 1st: Winners announced!

Here’s how to participate.  After I introduce each day’s challenge, comment below that day’s blog post when you complete it.  A simple “I did this.” or “Done!” is all I need.  If something doesn’t apply to you (perhaps you don’t have a dishwasher?), just say so.

If you fall behind or miss a day, no big deal.  Just be sure that every task is done by the end of the month so that you qualify for the Giveaway!

What do you say?  Are you with me?  Tell me in the comments!

75 thoughts on “The Busy Mom’s 30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

  1. Tricia Regar says:

    Your giveaways are awesome!!!! I love them. And being sick , I don’t feel like moving, let alone cleaning. So this will be an excellent motivation for me!!

  2. Megan says:

    I’m with you. Baby#4 is turning one this month so now I have to grow up too and do some detail cleaning. Thanks for the motivation.

  3. Toni says:

    I’m in! I love a challenge!

  4. nuria says:

    I’m in 🙂

  5. Brandi says:

    Sounds great! I am with you!

  6. Andrea says:

    I am ready. I love the fact how you fix a schedule. Let’s do this!!!

  7. Gina B. says:

    All dusting and polishing in one day? Wow, not sure about that! I guess I can split those and finish on catch-up day! :)I’ll give it a try, not sure if I’ll make it to the end! (I also homeschool my two 1st graders and have 3 younger than that). Blessings! I love your blog, just found it a week or two ago.

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      Glad to have you, Gina! Just dusting and polishing furniture (not silverware or anything). If I do it at the same time, it doesn’t add too much time to it. I just grab a polish spray bottle and spray before I swipe. Hey, you could even make your 1st graders do it for you. Call it a Home Ec class! 😉

  8. Angela says:

    I’m in 😉

  9. Stephanie Pierce says:

    I’m on board! This will be a great start to warmer weather….if that ever returns.

  10. Sarah Moser says:

    I’m in, I’ve got 3 little girlies, and I’m 27 weeks with baby number 4, Would love to have my house spring cleaned when the baby comes. you make it seem so easy!!

  11. Tiffany Myers says:

    I am in! This seems like a fun way to do it!

  12. Candice says:

    Already wrote everything in on my calendar….but there are some date problems during week 4. A few of the days are out of order or repeated.

    • Candice says:

      also means that some of the dates in week 5 are off too 🙂 Can’t wait to start this challenge. We just moved in to a new place and it really needs a thorough cleaning!

  13. I’m in! So excited…I love to clean (or at least to HAVE things clean;)

  14. Kaylee Trammell says:

    I’m up for the challenge. 🙂

  15. sonia birdsong says:

    I’m in! This is a great motivation!

  16. Carrie M says:

    I’m in. Love having a list to follow!

  17. MamaFlew17 says:

    Ok, 7 months preggo here, so this may be more of a challenge than I can handle, but I’m giving it a shot. I’m in!

  18. Alicia says:

    I’m in. I’ll do my best despite my crazy life, the list looks potentially doable;)

  19. Donna says:

    Count me in! Comforters are already at the dry cleaners. What a happy coincidence!

  20. Alli says:

    I am in!!!

  21. Sarah says:

    I’m in! Lord knows my house needs it with three kids running around all winter:)

  22. Jill Young says:

    Did it!

  23. Elizabeth Pifer says:

    worth a try 🙂

  24. Aubrey says:

    I’m in! I’ve been slacking on the cleaning since my daughter was born (8 months ago!). Hopefully your challenge will keep me on task!

  25. Alina says:

    I’m in!

  26. Tiana kimble says:

    Husband is away right now for training. This will keep me occupied and the house will look awesome when he gets back!

  27. Jamie says:

    I’m in!

  28. I’m in!
    Gone over Day 1 intro
    Worship and Rest Day 2 happening now

  29. Audrey says:

    I am in! I need a good kick start to Spring. This may be just the push we need to (finally) get to work on that gutted office space. This is gonna be great! Thanks, Kelsey!

  30. Coco says:

    This sounds like fun. Baby #4 is due this month so I don’t know how far I will make it, but getting things cleaned before she comes will be awesome!

  31. Jessica says:

    Can’t wait to get started!!

  32. tami says:

    I am willig to give it a try!

  33. Taryn says:

    This spring cleaning challenge is great. I really feel like I can complete this without feeling overwhelmed!

  34. Cassie says:

    Such an awesome idea! I’m going to try and follow, although I imagine several of these are going to get done in a couple days time! We’re in the middle of a house remodel-all the baseboards in the house are torn up and we’re painting and replacing baseboards in every room and getting new floors in a couple….all before our wedding on March 21st! My goal is to have everything on this list done and moved into our home before our honeymoon on the 27th!

  35. Belita says:

    I’m in! I’ve gone over the Intro and enjoyed my rest, worship and fellowship yesterday 🙂

  36. annamisbell says:

    Oops…just realized my comments didn’t post as I had not added my email address. I’m in.

  37. Laurie says:

    I’m in

  38. Becke says:

    im in too, a little late, but I don’t check email on Sundays and Saturday my hubby and I celebrated 9 years!

  39. Jill Young says:

    Bedding cleaned!

  40. Bridget says:

    I’m so excited! Thank you for a fun challenge! I really enjoy your blog. As a mom of 5 you are a source of great encouragement and help me to cherish my littles! God bless you and yours.

  41. Carolyn says:

    I’m in. Few days late but I’m in!

  42. All our bedding is cleaned:).

  43. Tessy @ Divine Moments says:

    I’m in 🙂

  44. Kristen Mellon says:

    Sounds like a good challenge!! Love your blog!

  45. Jessica says:

    I’m a little late, but I’m in!

  46. gailmasinda says:

    Now that my internet access is back up and running (so I’m late in joining) and even though my kids are grown and I’m a grandma (but I still work) I still appreciate the challenge and motivation. Yep. I’m in!

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