If you’re about to jump into the annual rite of spring-cleaning, here are a few tips that can make it more manageable – and more pleasant – from the start.
That’s right. Why not look at spring-cleaning as something that will help you feel good about yourself and your fresh, organized home. Which it will! So play your favorite upbeat music. Dance and sing as you go. Get the family involved and plan to do something relaxing afterwards, like watching a movie together or going to the park. Set a timer and play “beat the clock.” See if you can complete several small tasks before the timer goes off. It’s all in how you approach it.
You can do this! Be ruthless. If you don’t love it or use it, you don’t need it! You’ve probably heard of the art of Feng Shui. It teaches that if energy can easily flow through a room, your life will be more harmonious and happy. And clutter is an obstacle to this relaxed, calm state. Getting rid of the excess means you’ll have fewer dust magnets, less clutter to look at, and an easier time finding the things you do use. It truly is an effective way to relieve stress.
After you’ve gathered the things you no longer need or use, do something worthwhile with the items that are in good condition. If you decide to donate them, consider the local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a shelter. If you want to sell them, go ahead and set a date for a yard sale. Or, take some digital photos of the items and offer them for sale on an online auction. Just make sure you get them out of your house as soon as possible and don’t store them long-term in your home.
Give yourself – and your home – a breath of fresh air. Let the sun shine in to give yourself plenty of light. It will be an energy boost as well as a way to see dust and dirt you may have missed otherwise. Get rid of the musty, dusty winter odors and protect yourself from any harsh fumes from cleaning products at the same time.1
Speaking of fumes, we are so used to the smell of bleach and harsh cleaners that many of us don’t feel like the house is clean unless it smells of chemicals. In fact, just the opposite is true. You can make your house shine with a few simple supplies you probably already have. Here are just a few examples:
When your spring-cleaning is done, you’ll be able to take pride in your accomplishment. You’ve helped create a clean, fresh, healthy, and efficient environment for yourself and your family. Way to go!
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