Spring Cleaning for the Rest of Us

Have you tried to take up a spring cleaning or decluttering challenge and just couldn’t seem to finish it? Perhaps you didn’t join at all because you were afraid you’d fail. Yet the cleaning and decluttering still need to happen, and looking at all the chaos can be so discouraging!

If you’ve felt that way – if you ever have these obstacles to a clean and decluttered house – this challenge is for you! It is a flexible spring cleaning plan that you can make as light or robust as you like depending on your goals and daily life.

There are many obstacles we might face when trying to spruce up our home:

  • Lack of time
  • Procrastination
  • Too many other responsibilities
  • Poor self-discipline
  • Bad habits on our part or on the part of family members
  • Lack of experience/skills keeping house
  • Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work

I struggle with all of these things at different times, but I’m just tired of looking at the chaos in our home and the spring cleaning projects that never get done. So I set out to create a flexible cleaning challenge for busy moms – that’s you and me!

Don't let spring cleaning intimidate you! Join us for the 6-week spring clean and declutter challenge - great accountability and a free spring cleaning checklist printable!

Here are some of the things that will set us up for success:

  • Simple but flexible plan that fits our needs and goals
  • A challenge with a deadline that keeps us motivated
  • Community and encouragement from other busy moms
  • Continuous progress instead of a one-shot effort
  • Rewards for our accomplishments

How the 6-Week Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Challenge Works

Download the printables below to get started. There is a planning page, a blank planning page, and checklists for the 6 defined areas to work on.

***Then JOIN US in the Domestically Challenged, Divinely Equipped Facebook group! We go through this challenge regularly and you’ll find great encouragement and accountability!***

Clean and Declutter Planning Pages

6 Clean and Declutter Challenge 1

 

The planning page includes 6 weeks with a different area of the house to focus on each week. The columns have different types of tasks to do. The circle at the top right of the chart is where you can put that satisfying giant checkmark when the challenge is complete!

Here are the task types you can choose to do each week: 

  • Clean – Any deep cleaning tasks you are going to do (there are checklists in the printable for your use)
  • Declutter – Specific areas you are going to declutter (this can be in the area you are focusing on for the week or some extra decluttering task you want to accomplish)
  • Habits – Any habits you want to focus on
  • Hot Spots – Areas you want to clean that are common hot spots for clutter in your home
  • Beautify – Decorating or other beautifying tasks for that area
  • Take Note – Notes on what worked or you want to do for that area in the next challenge

Set Up Your 6 Week Clean and Declutter Plan

First decide what you’re going to tackle for this particular challenge. You can always do the challenge again in the future (I’m thinking every season, for myself). Be realistic based on what is going on in your life right now. Challenge yourself, but make it something you can succeed in!

Here are some examples of how you can set up your plan:

  • Complete a Clean set of tasks and a Hot Spots task for every week (anything extra is bonus)
  • Complete a Clean set of tasks and pick one additional type for every week as the challenge progresses
  • Fill all your tasks in ahead of time and cross them out as you go
  • Decide week-by-week what types of tasks you will do
  • If you want to do additional areas in your home or create a completely customized plan, use the blank planning page.
  • Choose an accountability partner (or join our Facebook group Domestically Challenged, Divinely Equipped!) or some other way to keep yourself motivated and encouraged
  • Plan a simple reward for yourself that you can enjoy upon completion of your challenge

Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Checklists

Cleaning Checklists

The printable includes checklists for each week’s focus area. If you choose to use one or more of them, highlight which tasks you are going to do.

The checklists for each area are separated into three levels based on how difficult or involved they are. You can choose to do a whole level or pick and choose which tasks you’d like to complete for this challenge.

Example Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Plan

6 Clean and Declutter Challenge Example

Here is an example of what the planning page might look like for you. My cleaning plan will look a lot like it! In this plan, I chose to use the cleaning checklists on some weeks but not others. I added a few random decluttering tasks I need to get done that may not necessarily fit in the areas.

Download the Spring Cleaning Checklist Printable!

Are you ready to put this into action? First, download and fill out your spring cleaning checklist printable and highlight any levels or individual tasks you plan on doing in the checklists. 

Click the button to download the free checklist. Then, join the closed Facebook group that I’ve set up just for us! We go through this challenge about once a quarter but you can do it any time! 

Download the flexible 6-week Spring Cleaning challenge!

Download the 6-Week Cleaning Challenge!

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391 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning for the Rest of Us”

  1. My biggest challenge is keeping up with the clutter. Each member of our family contributes to the clutter daily. I’m trying to implement some daily routines to help, but it’s slow-going.

  2. My biggest challenge is tiredness, haha! After being up all night with a baby, taking care of the older kids and doing school with them, doing chores and cleaning and errands, I just run out of steam. Baby needs to start sleeping through the night!

  3. my biggest challenge with meals is finding time to sit down to do a meal plan, figure out what meals to make, and also finding time to start cooking before 5pm!!!

  4. With homeschooling four kids from elementary to high school and my husband having an …interesting schedule, it makes it difficult at times to get good, healthy meals on the table in a decent amount of time. An instant pot can really help in that regard!

  5. I’m not sure where to leave this comment! However, I hope here will suffice. I find dinnertime difficult because of the time of day. I usually am juggling helping with homework, occupying my younger kids, and tidying up all while trying to cook a meal that I may or may not have remembered to thaw the meat. 🙂

  6. My biggest challenge in making meals for my family is lunch. I usually don’t plan it very well. I often expect leftovers but don’t get as much as I’d planned for. I often have bread but no meat for sandwiches, or the other way around.

  7. Our family’s biggest challenge preparing dinner is unforseen plan changes cutting into prep time and taking our best laid plans.

  8. Time is my biggest challenge. Between work, homeschooling, kids sports, etc it always seems like I”m staring into the fridge at 5:30 hoping dinner will magically prepare itself. (I’ve tried meal planning but haven’t found a good system yet).
    Thanks for hosting the spring cleaning challenge!

  9. Thanks for the resources for spring cleaning. I find the biggest problem with cooking a meal for my family is finding something they all like and getting it cooked in a decent amount of time.

  10. The biggest challenge is just being in the kitchen – it is cramped and sorely in need of an overhaul. It’s depressing to be in it.

  11. My biggest issue with homemade meals is knowing where to start. I have meal planners, menus, and recipes out the whazoo, but have no clue how to actually start the process and then get it started.

  12. Meat is expensive – I think that is where I get caught up. We seem to get caught in the same rut of cheap meat and meals. I have heard with the insta pot you can cook cheaper/tougher pieces of meat quicker and they are nice and tender. I think that would be great.

  13. My biggest challenge in putting together a homemade meal for my family now that it is just the 2 of us is trying to only fix small portions. We have 6 children and seems there were always a extra or 2 around, Just the past month it has gone to just hubby and me. Also I don’t always get home at an early time and I don’t like to eat after 6 -so that sometimes is a challenge.

  14. Biggest challenge in making meals for my family: I work from 2-6 weeknights, so I get home around 630. This means I must have dinner prepped and ready to bake in the fridge, or going in the crockpot. Scheduling is my nemesis!

  15. I’ve heard so many good things about the instapot and how it saves so much time. Which is my problem, I don’t have the time to make big meals. I’ll have to put it on my Christmas list.

  16. My biggest challenge in making meals is that dinner time is different every night. I work, my teenagers have jobs, we have community group, etc. The day slips away fast!

  17. I have a large family and there are times that menu planning comes to a halt. So having an Instant Pot that I could toss in frozen meat & veggies that have dinner in a snap would be a lifesaver!!

  18. The instapot is a favorite of several homeschool mom’s. I’d love to replace my slow cooker with something faster. 😉

  19. The biggest challenge for me is meal planning. Some days I do make meal plans than, last minute something else sounds tastier and throws me off of what I was planning

  20. My biggest obstacle in making meals for my family is… well there are a couple things. One is that we get in ruts, and we end up making the same couple of things over and over again. We wouldn’t mind trying new recipes, but most of the recipes either have way too many ingredients, take way too long to make, or are too complicated. Also, we are a family of 3 and the worst meal for my son is dinner. It is really tricky to find something he will eat. He doesn’t eat a lot, so we only need enough food for 2+ people and most of the recipes make a TON of food. We don’t do leftovers and also don’t want to waste!

  21. My biggest challenge is getting stuck in a rut if the same meals every week. Also, I eat only plant based, and my family still occasionally eats meat that I cook.

  22. My biggest challenge is finding a meal that everyone enjoys. Our kids like plain food and my husband and I like food with seasoning,etc.

  23. My biggest struggle is pairing the kids’ likes with what is allowable due to food allergies. Time is also a factor since we home school.

  24. My biggest challenge for making homemade meals for my family is having the energy to do so. I struggle with many headaches that sap the life out of me.

  25. My biggest challenge in cooking is making it on time. While I am still studying it is hard to find the time for healthy cooking.

  26. Theresa Christophersen

    Thank you for the opportunity to win your giveaway! What hinders me most in providing healthy meals for my family is time. Homeschooling and working part-time outside the home are a challenge to doing this. I need quick and easy!

  27. The hardest part of making homemade meals for me os planning ahead. I am bad about making a meal plan and sticking to it.

  28. My biggest challenge is timing, remembering to pull meat out in time etc. and remembering not to use up ingredients on other dishes instead of their intended use! LOL

  29. TIme is definitely my biggest challenge in making homemade meals for my family. It seems like there always too much to do!

  30. We have late nights every night because of dance and gymnastics…the last thing I feel like doing is cooking a full meal at 8 or 9pm. This would be a lifesaver!

  31. When the boys were growing up I could come up with meals almost before giving it a thought. I do not know why, but fixing something for the two of us has become a real challenge. We never seem to have all the ingredients or we do not want to take the time for preparation! Needless to say, we definitely need to rethink our eating habits.

  32. My biggest challenge is lack of time. By the time I get home from work and picking up the kids, it’s nearly 7 and everyone is starving. A crockpot is a great idea.

  33. Organizing and de-cluttering are my “thang”. It’s time management that always gets me! So many projects and not sure how to fit them in — from the necessary to the “would be nice.” Coordinating my homeschool, with work, with taking care of my home and family. Love this blog post, though!

  34. Where do I start? Homeschooling a special needs son, his therapies, church responsibilities, hubby in school …. And I have to cook and clean, too? LOL! My dining room table is the drop off spot. Unfortunately, it’s easily seen from our ALL glass front door ….

  35. My biggest challenge is making meals that do not have all the allergens in it that my kids have and my husband will be happy eating these meals.

  36. My biggest challenge isn’t the lack of recipes, it’s the lack of supplies to do it with. So I’m left with hard beans (cheap) to cook for 3 hours on the stove, and believe me trying to hover over them for that long is a real challenge for someone with M.S.. Winning that pot would be a true God-send! I’ve dreamed of having one of these for a very long time. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. 🙂

  37. My biggest challenge is storing all the appliances! Crockpots, blender, waffle maker, toaster, etc. I could eliminate the rice maker and a crockpot with an instapot!

  38. My biggest challenge is knowing how much to make. With 5 kids ages 5 to 11 I never know from one meal to the next how hungry they will be. What is a sufficient amound of a dish one time is insufficent or too much the next time in suffice make the aame dish.

  39. I don’t do well with meal planning and/or prepping for them day’s meal. It’ll often come to 4:00 and I realize I don’t have any idea what we’re going to eat for dinner.

  40. My biggest challenge with meals is finding time to either make something or remembering to turn the crockpot on in the morning, The instapot would help me especially on those days when I’m running low on time.

  41. My biggest challenge is not getting distracted! I have good intentions and then…. well, things come undone as I waste time walking around, putting this here, that there and really not doing much of any one thing. It would be great to be back on track. Thank you for the challenge!

  42. My biggest challenge is organization, I think. Like others have mentioned, I forget to thaw meat, my family gets bored of the same budget friendly meals… (and our budget could use all the friends it could get.. ^-^), and we get so busy that it either seems like I spend all day cooking for people (family of 6), or that things are getting messy… 0.o

  43. I think my biggest problem with making homemade meals is Energy. By the time we are finished with school and doing the house chores and playing with the kids I’m totally spent.

  44. Biggest challenge; Time! I get interrupted often and sometimes it is my fault (not planning ahead) and sometimes just can’t meet the needs of my family and cook!

  45. Our family mostly eats a whole-food, plant-based diet so our meals don’t have easy short-cuts. Meals are mostly made from scratch and can be quite time-consuming. I’m trying to plan ahead enough to do some batch cooking, but so far, I have a hard time giving up a chunk of my weekend to do it.

  46. My biggest challenges are planning and time, time, TIME. I work 2 jobs, have 2 teenagers (who are active in EVERYTHING), and a husband who works out of town. Gracious, I don’t even have time to think, much less cook!

  47. My biggest challenge is time. Starting dinner in time to have everything ready when we need to eat. We are grain-free with nut allergies so meal prep tends to take awhile!

  48. My biggest challenge is time, I am always rushing to make dinner between getting school done and getting to the next event for the evening.

  49. Planning! I do great if I have a plan in place, but haven’t been doing well with that lately. I recently started a group with friends that meets once a month to plan… hoping it will give me the motivation I need!

  50. Biggest challenge in making meals: having a plan for the week! It’s easy when I already know what to make for the day, but when I fail to plan ahead, I hate trying to scramble something together and searching for ahead recipe last minute!

  51. I am consistently a champion meal planner and maker on Monday and Tuesday and by Wednesday I decide to give myself a break and eat out since I cooked for two days and then Thursday is almost Friday so we should probably eat out again, and Friday is the weekend so the kitchen is closed! I guess the moral of the story is I’m an expert excuse maker!

  52. The hardest thing is time. Time for meal prep and time for cooking the meal itself. Staying healthy with lots of veggies is a must for my family. If we aren’t healthy then we aren’t happy.

  53. My biggest challenge is planning, prepping, and time juggling. Picking up kids from school after work, and getting everybody to grandpa’s house to cook there. Sometimes I don’t know what to cook and if I have all my ingredients available at grandpa’s house. Plus the meal needs to be soft enough for grandpa, but tasty enough for the kids. Sometimes, we end up getting take out because it’s easier and faster.

  54. my biggest challenge with making meals for the family is planning. I often get to dinner time with no idea what I am going to put on the table, and have to quickly throw something together.

  55. Raising 5 kids is a blessed challenge. Clutter wins more often than not, becoming a mess that overwhelms. Looking forward to having a ready made list of things to do each week.

  56. My biggest challenge is meal planning and shopping ahead of time. I’m so bad about waiting til the last minute to decide what’s for dinner. Even if I do plan ahead and shop ahead, it’s usually only a meal or two so I end up making multiple trips to the grocery store each weel.

  57. My biggest challenge is time management and poor planning. We are a very busy homeschool family. We have recently come up with a tight budget in an effort to save money. Typically, we eat out four or five times a week. This new budget is only going to allow us to eat out once a week on Sunday after church. So, we are going to have to change our ways in an attempt to stick to our new budget. Thanks for a chance to win this giveaway!

  58. My biggest challenge is timing the meal to have it ready for everybody. We wait for my husband to come home and if he doesn’t give me he heads up then the meal is usually late because I’m busy during the day with the kids

  59. I have trouble keeping a routine to keep things in the right place… I also have an almost 3 and almost 6 year old. We are so busy most nights of the week, starting a dinner in the morning would be awesome or not having to make a full dinner at 7/8 pm when they have to be up and out by 6am.

  60. My biggest challenge is the fatigue and pain from my various diseases while dealing with my 83 year old mother who is unable to walk or care for herself and needs 24 hour care. By the time mealtime rolls around, I am exhausted. From what I hear, an instant pot would be a wonderful thing to have.

  61. My biggest challenge in making meals for the family would be coming up with something different but also something that everyone will at least try if not like ! Also, forgetting to take meat out of the freezer is a challenge for me to overcome !

  62. My biggest challenge is making dinner and pleasing everyone’s taste buds at the same time. My hubby loves eating meat and our daughter refuses to eat meat right now, so sometimes I’ll have to make two separate dinners.

  63. My biggest challenges to making meals: being chronically ill, no counter space, my food expiring before I get a chance to cook & eat them, food restrictions (lactose-intolerant), etc. [Too many more obstacles to name].

  64. My biggest challenge is to make a healthy meal that everyone will enjoy, most of the time i end it up cooking several different meals to someone end it up being hungry =)

  65. I have a hard time planning meals in advance and having ingredients on hands. I also just don’t enjoy standing up and cooking!

  66. My biggest challenge is finding the time to fix home cooked meals, since I’m taking a course in order to supplement our family’s income.

  67. My challenge is working around everyones’ schedules.With extra curricular activities,volunteering and homework,I wish I could cook in the car!

  68. Lorianne Stogsdill

    My biggest challenge with meals is coming up with a plan that doesn’t have me in the kitchen all the time. We have a busy sports season coming up and I need quick easy meals!

  69. My biggest challenge is that my boys get. off of the bus at the same time I should be fixing dinner. My husband has a crazy work schedule and a limited diet. I can fix something early but it may sit there all night waiting on him to come home.

  70. My biggest challenge is our schedule. With homeschooling and evening activities, it makes it hard to get dinner on the table.

  71. Shannon Chomanczuk

    My biggest challenge is finding something everyone will like and keep me within my weight Watchers points. Then finding the time to shop for the ingredients and prep. Meal planning is hard work!

  72. My biggest challenge to cooking is giving myself the time to do it, getting bogged down by making the decision of what to make each meal, and not really being taught much about cooking when I was younger. It’s also not a huge passion of mine like it is for some people.

  73. My biggest challenge is my health. I’ve been diagnosed with several autoimmune disorders that cause debilitating pain and fatigue. I use what little energy and strength I have to be present with my four children from noon until 6, when my husband gets home, that I have normally collapse when he walks in the door. I don’t have the energy to keep my house the way I’d like it to be, and I have to choose between cleaning or giving my children my attention. I have not been able to teach my children how to clean and dexlutter for themselves either. I often think if I could just have a few good days to teach them how to organize and clean, our home life would be a lot less stressful….one day!

  74. The set-up that you have for the cleaning challenge is amazing – something that I may actually be able to follow! Oh, and I would love to win the InstaPot and gift card!

  75. My biggest challenge is being able to plan Anything when my home is cluttered! But it has been cluttered forever!! So I just Have to get on it!! I discovered my problem when my husband helped me redo our kitchen and declutter it. Suddenly I am doing Great with my meal planning. 🙂 Now for the rest of our home!

  76. I’ve been trying to de-clutter my house, but I haven’t had much success. Hopefully being a part of this challenge will help me!

  77. I would love to win this pot for my sister-in-law. She has three children, one of which is high needs due to being in/out of the hospital since birth (she is almost 6 years old). My sister-in-law does not cook and her and her husband both work full time in order to pay the bills. I just know that the Instant Pot would help them out greatly!!

  78. My biggest issue is not really cooking the meals or meal planning, I have those down. It is finding new recipes or to branch out from our usual meals. I cook according to what veggies are in season, so when I am craving zucchini in the winter, it is hard to cook it when I have none. We grow all our own veggies, so if we don’t have something put up, we don’t rush out to the store to buy it, we just don’t eat it till we have it inthe garden.

  79. My biggest challenge with meals is time management. Either I don’t notice the time until I get a late start to meal prep, or I start on time and things take so much longer than they “should”. I do have 5 children 7yrs old and younger, so this *is* an extra intense phase, but that’s not changing anytime soon, so time and household management skills need to grow, lol.

  80. Planning and using up leftovers. Trying to eat whole foods, but having foods given to us from food pantries to use. Finding new and ‘exiciting’ uses for beans, which hubby would avoid if left alone!

  81. My biggest challenge is having enough time to put together a meal and making sure I have all the ingredients ready. It also seems like my daughters likes and dislikes change every week.

  82. Finding recipes that fill everyone up and then having a pot big enough to make the quantity desired with hopes of leftovers for another night!

  83. My biggest challenge is trying to find meals that are easily adaptable for low-carb for me, but “regular” for my husband, who is not doing low-carb!

  84. My biggest challenge is not laying out things from the freezer to thaw and coming up with a plan when I am just too tired and want the meal to just show up ready to go.

  85. My wife actually does all the cooking and does an amazing job at cooking from scratch most meals. The main exception is days she’s sick which isn’t very often.

  86. We live 20 miles out of town and eat homemade meals daily. In the past I would prepare meats (boil chicken, de-bone it, and freeze the meat and broth) to speed meal preparation. I seemed to have gotten away from that because of all the “busy” . We are a big homeschooling family with a large garden to maintain, church ministries, and jobs. Time is definitely an obstacle.

  87. I love to make homemade meals. I just usually don’t get them started soon enough. I’m a night person trying to shift my whole schedule earlier. Which reminds me…I was supposed to be in bed an hour and 15 minutes ago!!! Toodles!

  88. My biggest challenge is always forgetting to thaw meat! Then I have take extra time to thaw it and supper get so late, or we have sandwiches…again.

  89. Biggest challenge with meals Is having uninterrupted preparation times. I usually end up with a toddler sitting on the counter watching, and sampling.

  90. My biggest challenge is that my kids like completely different things, so making something that makes everyone happy is difficult. I usually just make what my husband and I want, and they can eat it or go hungry. But, it is frustrating nonetheless.

  91. My biggest challenge is finding the time to prepare healthy and likeable meals for my family. I find myself turning to frozen foods too often. I also especially need to find more ways to get vegetables into our meals.

  92. My biggest challenge is motivation & energy!
    I get going good then either I get interrupted or just run out of steam. I’m trying to take better care of myself and complete your 6 week clean & clutter challenge as the ending date is when my husband is taking me to white sand beach in Florida for a vacation.
    I don’t need the pot cooker as we own one and bought our son one, we all just love it. I do hope who ever wins it finds it as great to use as we do, what a time saver!
    Thank you for this challenge and I’ m looking forward to the finished clean & clutter free home

  93. My biggest challenge is planning & scheduling with hubby’s crazy work hours some days – I never know for sure when his day will be done & he’ll be home & can usually count on the estimated time he updates me as to his eta home will b easily 20 to 40 minutes earlier than reality.

  94. The challenge is getting away from eating the same menu over and over.. we both work and its so easy to make easy meals when we get home.

  95. I have extremely picky eaters but that is slowly getting better. However, absolute exhaustion is keeping me from getting things planned like I used to. Weekly freezer meals were awesome – must get back on track!!

  96. Our biggest challenge is there is not enough hours in the day to get everything that needs to be done done.

  97. My challenges vary each day, sometimes it’s the time to get it done and time to plan in the first place, other days the lack of energy.

  98. My biggest challenge is coming up with ideas. I like variety and one of my kids likes nothing new…… ongoing challenge. thanks

  99. My biggest challenge is getting everyone’s schedules on the same page so that we can eat dinner together!

  100. My biggest challenge is that I’m now gluten free and my family isn’t but we are trying to be to make things easier. Time, feeling stressed about ideas and things that don’t take forever to make are challenges to me.

  101. My biggest issue is not meal planning. If I don’t meal plan I don’t have things ready to go to prepare dinner. When I have planned ahead it’s easier for me to have everything ready to go for that day!

  102. The biggest challenge in making homemade meals for my family is finding the energy to consistently prepare meals. Every day. I get very enthusiastic at the start but then get bogged down and just want to order take out the rest of the week.

  103. My biggest challenge with making healthy meals for my family is that I always want to try new things and end up spending too much time on cooking tasks because I enjoy them and not enough on cleaning, which I hate.

  104. My biggest challenge is time and organization. Have multiple health challenges in our family that requires thought, planning, and time. Always feels like I am flying by the seat of my pants.

  105. Working around the dishes that are still waiting for my teen to complete from the previous day’s meals! They mean to do their chore, but they still struggle with time management and prioritizing work they don’t want to do.

  106. Tamara Burchell

    Thank you so much for the printables. They are just what I need to get a head start on spring cleaning. Also thank you for the chance to win the instapot; it would help me tremendoudly with my biggest challenge because I always seem to forget to thaw my meat.

  107. My biggest challenge with meals is finding meals my husband actually likes and enough of them that we aren’t eating the same thing every week. Also being tired and having a 2 year old and 1 year old under foot while cooking.

  108. i suck at meal planning, so often i find that i’m one or two ingredients short of the ideal dish. i have to improvise a lot more than i’d like.

  109. My biggest challenge is finding something everyone will like. My daughter likes about 5 foods and won’t try anything new.

  110. laziness. I never think about dinner until everyone is hungry, then resort to going out to eat bc it’s easier

  111. My biggest problem with meals is taking the time to actually plan them. I usually just keep some things on hand and decide what we are having when my husband calls and asks what’s for dinner.

  112. Melinda Busby

    My struggle is coming up with a plan and stickying with the plan and taking the time however little to prepare the meal

  113. My biggest challenge is meal planning. I need to get into this habit because once I get off work I am in catch-up mode. Planning would help with time constraints as well as add more variety to our meals.

  114. Time is my biggest problem. I’m a single mama, working 45+ hours a week and we have a 30-45 minute commute each way. I’ve been prepping on Sundays, but that takes most of my day by the time everything cooks.

  115. My biggest problem is actually sticking to a set plan. I seem to go off on a tangent cleaning project at any moment…..SQUIRREL!!!….. :0

  116. My biggest problem also stems from not meal planning. It is so hard when you don’t take the time to meal plan & prep!

  117. I have some areas that have needed decluttering for a few months, both here and at the preschool where I teach in the afternoons. It’s great to have the encouragement, which will hopefully help me move through these tasks.

  118. Having a plan in the first place. Right now working on a grocery system where I shop for sales only and then shop for meals in my pantry/fridge/freezer. Trying to have a smoother system of meal planning and keeping food budget low.

  119. My biggest challenge right now is finding motivation to mess up my kitchen. Sometimes I feel all I do is cook and clean up the kitchen afterwards. I’ve barely get it done before it’s time to start over.

  120. My biggest challenge to fixing healthy, homemade meals for my family is the time to put the meal together….. I homeschool, and our kitchen is the where we enter the house, so clutter ends up all over the cabinets. The time required to plan meals, and then clean off the cabinet to make them, and then also cook them can be overwhelming at times. Having one pot meals that I could toss in something like the instant pot would probably make a huge difference!!

  121. Christy Gould

    My biggest challenge is motivation. My kids are picky but we don’t want to let them be picky, so we continue to make “normal” dinners that they can choose to eat or not. But night after night of making dinner for six people when only my husband and I are actually going to eat it . . . it gets discouraging! (Some eat more than others, and all of them have to take a bite, etc., and I don’t make things they don’t like every night, but you get the idea.)

  122. My biggest challenge is not preparing ahead of time and then not having anything to make because its dinner time already

  123. Finding ideas and being inspired! If I have ideas and feel inspired, making meals for my family is a breeze, but sometimes I just feel like I can’t think of anything to make–nothing sounds good, we just had that, or I am missing and ingredient!

  124. Elizabeth Beer

    My biggest challenge is finding something everyone likes. I know that won’t happen every meal (I have 4 littles 6 and under) but more often would be nice….

  125. My biggest challenge is finding meats I can afford to cook. Meat is so expensive and there’s only so many things you can cook with hamburger and chicken.

  126. I am totally in need of a good routine for cleaning. Helping me get started “again” with this 6-week challenge will put this into motion!

  127. I have two big challenges in making homemade meals: we are awful at keeping our kitchen clean and I hate cooking in a dirty kitchen, and I have a habit of choosing meals to cook that have a lot of unreported extra time in them, so I never start early enough to finish cooking it at a reasonable time…

  128. Thanks for the giveaway and my biggest problem is getting everything timed so that it is done at the same time.

  129. My biggest challenge is time management and poor meal planning. We are a very busy family. I am a teacher and work many late nights, often I am too tired and don’t want to cook!

  130. My biggest challenge when it comes to getting the meal on the table is the planning. I plan two weeks at a time, but sometimes coming up with ideas is challenging. It can seem like we fall into a rut always eating the same things. Trying to mix it up is a challenge.

  131. My biggest challenge is that I’m bedridden and can only sit upright in my wheelchair for an hour a day, sometimes I push that to get dinner going. I have my high school boys to help, but they aren’t always home, so trying to wheel around my kitchen making a decent meal usually takes me over an hour, almost 2. If I could win this Instant Pot, I’m sure that I could get a good, delicious dinner going and not be in horrible pain after.

  132. Sandra Lassiter

    One of my biggest challenges is getting busy throughout the day and forgetting to plan supper. Another is finding ways to cook great meals for my family without heating my house up even more in a hot, TN summer.

  133. Melissa Palladino

    My biggest problem is prepping! I forget to take things out of the freezer, or soak the beans…It seems to be a constant woah!! I think an Instant Pot would help that! 😉

  134. Elizabeth Horton

    My biggest challenge is having all these great ideas for organizing, but no time to accomplish them.

  135. Corri Montgomery

    My biggest challenge in making homemade meals is figuring out what to make. I want to make different things and not the same thing over and over.

  136. my biggest challenge is the grocery shopping. i hate grocery shopping. XD i’d love the olden days when you could have your groceries delivered. XD

  137. My biggest challenge is planning far enough in advance to get things out of the freezer when necessary! On those days, I come to the fridge when the girl says, “I’m hungry!” only to find there are no options for “Dinner will be ready soon!”

  138. Dana Rodriguez

    My bigest challenge is getting something home made in a hurry. I don’t have a lot of time in the evening so this would make dinnertime a lot easier for me!

  139. Thank for sharing your insites on home making and motherhood. We all have our challenges at our homes! Your site is a reminder that we are not in it alone, there is always someone, somewhere with the same struggles! Hey, The struggles ARE real .

  140. My challenge is making sure I prep the ingredients while my child is not so needy, so that I can just throw it all in a slow cooker during his nap. Making dinner in the afternoons is near impossible right now!

  141. My biggest challenge is meal prepping/ procrastination. I hate when I forget to take food out of the freezer to thaw. Then I turn into a mad woman trying to get dinner ready before my hubby gets home.

  142. My biggest challenge is probably my kitchen itself. It’s a terrible layout with terrible workflow. The doors of my cupboards keep breaking (they are old and not great quality) so it makes it hard to use my kitchen.

  143. My biggest challenge is balancing all my activities to have enough time for everything. If only I could have a 36 hour day!

  144. My biggest challenge is the planning and prep phase for meal times. I actually love cooking/baking when I’m in the midst of it, but I often find myself waiting until the last minute to make something!

  145. Without question, my biggest challenge is finding the time to shop for the ingredients I need to prepared meals. Thank goodness we eat quite simply in my household.

  146. The biggest challenge in my house for making homemade meals is that my fiancee, who is the cook in our family, doesn’t get off work until 7pm and normally doesn’t leave work until almost 7:30pm. We go to bed at about 10:00pm because I have to be up at 6am for work. So the time it takes to make food at night leads us to often going out to eat. We’re working on changing this, but fast food is so convenient.

  147. In January my husband had a “widowmaker” heart episode. We’re both so grateful it was caught in time, especially when the cardiologist said he only had a 15% chance of living. We’ve since gone plant based, no dairy, no oil to keep his arteries from blocking again. Learning to create tasty meals in a whole different way is a big challenge. I’d think an Instant Pot would be very handy for cooking whole grains and greens.

  148. I cook a homemade meal almost every night even though I work full time. (The only way I can do this is by meal planning for the week, grocery shopping the plan and thinking ahead in the morning if I need to thaw something, so it can be ready to cook when I get home) ….but on the few nights I don’t cook it’s usually because I have very little time between coming home from work and getting to the next event .Usually on those nights, mostly Wednesdays, (I work for a church and we have Wednesday night programming that I have to rush back to) I am looking for my healthiest grab and go option….like a whole wheat pizza from our local health food store deli. Or a rotisserie chicken, sliced strawberries and chunked goat cheese and walnuts on a bead of mixed greens….with a light vinaigrette all bought at the grocery store and served in 5-10 minutes with a a baguette and butter. Those are our favorite healthy “fast food” but my family gets tired of those and then we resort to other chain restaurants for a cheap and fast meal….it gets old and expensive….plus I hate how I feel afterwards…..crummy!!
    I’m really looking for a better solution considering how often we are packing events into our evenings.

  149. My biggest challenge in making homemade meals is cooking the same thing over and over again. My family doesn’t much complain but I get so tired of it. I am skittish about trying new recipes. At least I know this is still better for us than processed foods.

  150. My biggest challenge is inspiration. I never know what to make, and wind up doing the same 4 or 5 meals over and over.

  151. My biggest challenge is remembering to get my stuff out of the freezer first thing in the morning! I usually forget and am left scrambling in the afternoon trying to come up with something last minute with whatever I have on hand!

  152. My biggest challenge is finding the time and energy to make a meal from scratch. I am also really bad at planning, so a lot of times I have to throw something together.

  153. Retired and lazy in the kitchen since the kids are gone! Looking for ideas for quick and delicious meals for two!

  154. I really think I need this challenge so much! Thank you for the opportunity to enter and win! Who wouldn’t want to win?

  155. I think my biggest challenges would be keeping Littles entertained and out of the way while getting food ready and probably getting stuck eating the same foods week after week.

  156. My biggest challenge is the fact that I have some very picky eaters in the house and I, personally, have quite a few food allergies that prevent me from eating almost anything “normal” according to my kids. So, I end up making like 4 dishes that please the kids and scramble to find something for my husband and myself.

  157. My biggest problem making homemade meals is, satisfying our large family without making too many dishes.
    Thanks for the chance

  158. My biggest challenge is getting organized so I can do my shopping and meals and budget to all go together. I cook our meals everyday, but they can be quite boring because I get stuck in a rut.

  159. TIME would be my biggest challenge, followed by two kids with celiac. I find it difficult to get menus planned ahead. Some days it is breakfast for dinner just because I haven’t had time to think of anything else.

  160. Rebecca Skaggs

    My biggest challenge is finding a nutritious dinner that doesn’t contain any of the foods we are allergic to, and tastes good. Between us we have dairy, egg, soy, and strawberry allergies.

  161. Bethany Culbertson

    My biggest challenge is time, energy, and preparing early enough in the day to have it actually cooked by dinner time!

  162. Such a great offer for your readers! Having teenage boys and young adults in the home, regular & sometimes surprise dinner guests, mixed w/ various health issues and dietary restrictions on a limited budget makes meals pretty challenging at times 🙂 So far, no one has starved 😉

  163. Challenges: getting wholesome meals on the table sometime 3 times a day for our motley crew and knowing what curriculum to keep and what to toss since I still have 3 kids I’m not formally teaching yet.

  164. My family has always kept a crockpot in our tiny kitchen – until recently.
    Our crockpots are all cracked and one actually started leaking! When we searched to replace the insert crock we found the price to be almost as much as the original appliance. Also, the health problems for the glaze with possible lead content . . ?!
    So having the Instant Pot would help in so many ways for all of our family meals!

  165. My biggest challenge is time. I forget to make something early enough then it takes too long to make for dinner.

  166. I have a hard time planning our meals. I feel like we live at the grocery store! We’re there every day because I don’t plan.

  167. My biggest challenge is time. I homeschool my little boys and sometimes find I am in a rush to make supper. If I had one of these it would really help me and my family.

  168. Planning meals and then executing them before it’s too late are make biggest issues. “What? It’s 4:45 already?!”

  169. My biggest challenge is the newborn’s sleep and nursing schedule. Homeschooling 3 kids with a newborn is quite a juggling act right now!

  170. Heather Van Galder

    Life is so busy right now, but I am excited about organizing the cleaning schedule in a more manageable way! Thank you!

  171. Time management, or lack there of, messes up our dinner most of all. I will check the time to see if I should be working on dinner yet, and it is 20 minutes past supper time. Then the p.m. routines are messed up. Special needs kids need consistent routine. Me too.

  172. We have a lot of food allergies in our house so making dinner and trying to accomodate all of those gets tricky!

  173. Everything? Is that an option? I fail to plan, I wait too long to start, I’m exhausted by that time of day… Everything.

  174. We have multiple food allergies, so all meals have to be made at home. Planning time for food, homeschool, read-a-louds, snuggling, house work, and hubby is my greatest challenge. Love the idea of the Instapot assisting with my struggle!

  175. My biggest challenge is the motivation to get started. This helped last week, and I spring cleaned and decluttered three bathrooms. Dropped the ball this week and did nothing. lol, here’s to a fresh re-start

  176. Rebecca Besherse

    I do well when I plan ahead but I (way too often!) fail to plan ahead which means that I’m always playing catch-up. Plus I really need to learn menu planning.

  177. My biggest challenge in making home cooked meals is planning. I really need to get into the habit of planning out at least a week of meals.

  178. My biggest challenge is with meal planning and coming up with more interesting meals. I usually end up cooking many of the same meals over and over.

  179. My biggest challenge with homemade meals is planning ahead. So many things can fail: having the ingredients, starting the meal on time, etc.

  180. My biggest challenge is motivation, time, and money. I don’t like cleaning up after I cook and I prefer the quickest meals I can make with the cheapest ingredients. And then I also want to eat healthy.

  181. My biggest challenge in making homemade meals for my family would be a lack of time to prepare them with my kids’ activities, the baby needing me, and just time getting away from me if I don’t plan ahead.

  182. Time is my problem: I feed my Dad every night, he lives across town and the foods he likes/can eat are very different from our households diet. I feel like I’m running around town in a daze half the time.

  183. brittany marie thompson

    My biggest challenge to making homemade meals is finding time, i work crazy hours and am on call

  184. Jessica Cochran

    Having enough energy at the end of the day to cook is my challenge. I have 6 kids 10 and under and homeschool. By 3:00 I just want to go back to bed, by the time I should start supper I am so burned out.

  185. My biggest challenge is my children. either finding safe ways for them to help or keeping them out of the kitchen and still watching them while I cook.

  186. Yes! The Spring cleaning challenge is awesome. My biggest issue is coming up with something that everyone enjoys. There are so many picky eaters and a few dietary restrictions!

  187. I think that the primary issues are a lack of time and organization on my part. It is definitely an issue that I’m working on.

  188. MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE WITH MAKING HOMEMADE MEALS IS TIME.. I AM A SINGLE MOTHER WHO WORKS FULL-TIME AND WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT THE KIDS ARE HUNGRY. I USUALLY DON’T HAVE TIME TO PREPARE A WHOLE MEAL SO I OFTEN MAKE SOMETHING QUICK.

  189. Jessica Mcfarlin

    My biggest challenge is making sure we have every ingredient at the house. We only have one car in our household so its kinda a juggle.

  190. Carolyn Schwerin

    My biggest challenge when making homemade meals is finding the time to do so after we get home from school (I work there too). I have laundry to do and to play with the kids and to find out how their day went. If I have the food thawed out it’s not so bad, but if I forgot to get the meat out that morning, I’m stuck for dinner.

  191. My biggest challenge is staying consistent in my schedule. Lately, I have been experiencing a lot of anxiety over life in general. Everything seems to overwhelm me and it’s reflecting in my tasks and my relationships with my husband, children and more importantly with God.

    I seriously need help

  192. Wow! Thanks for the printables! We homeschool…which one would think you would have more time to clean. I’ve found this is the exact opposite. Everyone is home, and nothing stays clean for long. I think my challenge is just getting over discouragement of it not staying clean for long. I don’t live in a Country Living magazine and shouldn’t set that expectation. Thanks!

  193. My husband passed away 6 months ago, so the biggest challenge for me right now is motivation. His love of my cooking spurred me on. My kids – well, they aren’t quite so enthusiastic and appreciative like he was. So, I struggle to cook meals and often find myself asking the LORD for help to *want* to cook. It’s getting better, though, so I know it’ll turn around. 🙂

  194. My challenge is finding time to do the cooking as well as cleaning, organizing, gardening and even finding a little bit of time to take care of myself and exercising, reading etc.

  195. Katherine Rhodes

    My biggest challenge is time and energy. Usually by the time I’m starting dinner my energy is gone.

  196. Find time plus everyone don’t like the same stuff as other do ( so trying to find a happy medium is hard to do)

  197. My biggest challenge is forgetting to take food out of the freezer then resorting to boxed or processed meals.

  198. My biggest challenge is time. We all have busy schedules that we don’t have time to prep a good meal.

  199. My biggest challenge: by the end of the day I am tired and standing on my feet to cook is often just too much.

  200. My biggest challenge is getting out of the rut of always cooking the same meals; we have 2 kids and myself who are gluten-free, one child is dairy free, and another child and my husband can eat anything. Ive found some recipes that work, but it gets a little boring! LOL!

  201. My biggest challenge is all the evening activities we are involved in and making sure I have a plan for it…which I never do!

  202. My challenge is trying to keep the meals prepared ahead of time, especially in a crock pot or slow cooker. I seem to go through those very quickly as they burn out or the insert tends to break from constant use. I really like the idea of the Instant Pot with all the feature and multi-purpose use!

  203. Tracy Sylvester

    My challenge is keeping the bathroom clean. With a house full of 3 males it’s just a disgusting job!!

  204. My biggest issue is planning ahead! I’m such a planner for everything else but I don’t enjoy cooking so it’s one thing I always let slide.

  205. My Biggest challenge is staying on track with one thing at a time! I’m usually doing 3-4 different things at once! Aaahhhh!

  206. I would have to say my biggest challenge is trying to appease several different tastes. My husband prefers to eat more vegetarian. My teenage son is a true carnivore and is all about the meat. My middle daughter is a joy to cook for – she loves to try all kinds of new foods. My youngest daughter is what we call our Carbivore. She only likes bread and crackers. 🙂

  207. My biggest challenge is consistency in everything, especially with this pregnancy. My goal is to simplify life as much as possible before the baby arrives in September.

  208. What an amazing giveaway! My biggest challenge is staying focused and keeping up with my bedroom. Thanks for the challenge!

  209. My biggest challenge is being reasonable with my expectations. I forget that a meal doesn’t have to be complex to be nourishing. I usually plan way too much extra work for myself, then get overwhelmed later.

  210. My biggest challenge is lunch. I hate eating lunch and generally skip it which ruins my afternoon and evening eating schedule.

  211. My challenge is two fold, I really do not like to cook, although I do ok 🙂 and trying to stay within budget, I REALLY dislike grocery shopping because I feel anxious about meal planning and budgeting for this. I do go to an aldi’s and then walmart for things I cannot get there. It all just seems stressful to me, and I have teens and picky eaters. Its juts not a fun adventure most of the time

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