These days spring cleaning may not be as involved, but when the warmer weather arrives, it’s a perfect time to great time to generate some new energy by packing away cold weather clothing, engaging in clutter control, and playing in the yard. Here are reasons spring cleaning will immediately invigorate your life.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
On those perfect spring warm weather days, get yourself outside and spruce up the yard. Being in nature can have a profound effect on both our psyche and our health. Sometimes we need to feel the earth under our feet, to dig in the earth and plant flowers joyfully with enthusiasm.
Unleash Your Creative Spirit
Spring is characterized by excitement, energy spurts, and air of creativity. By channeling some of the energy into opening up space in your home, you also provide an opportunity to open up new spaces within your creative spirit. You can be quite surprised to suddenly discover so many new ideas for creative ventures. By lightening your load and cleaning your environment, you gain a sense of what it is like to be unburdened. New avenues of flow open up and with that flow comes a new excitement about how you want to spend your time.
Focus on Dreams from the Heart
Spring cleaning offers a unique opportunity to inspect all the dark corners of the closet, seldom looked at shelves, and deep inside cabinets. As you pick up your items and clean them off, you get to ask yourself, “Do I need this? Do I use it? Do I love it?” These types of introspective questions allow you to look inside and set your priorities. Instead of going through your days on autopilot, you stop and question what is important to you at this stage of your life. Go through your clothes, knick knacks, office supplies, and reading materials and ask yourself, “Is this a reflection of who I am right now?” As closets are organized, drawers tidied up, and garages cleaned, you allow yourself a sacred opportunity to lovingly say goodbye to who you once were and create a new space to welcome who you will become.
Spring cleaning your home and yard is deeply satisfying on many levels of your mind, body, and spirit. Whether you’re an advocate of an all-out session of spring cleaning, or tend more toward the small, simple jobs, both can bring the season’s freshness into your life.
Spring cleaning can be broken down into small, manageable tasks.
It can be such a great feeling knowing your home is clean and clutter free. Spring is the period of the year when we all feel it is time to do some spring cleaning. Of course everyone wants his or her house free of clutter and free of the grime brought by winter. After the hard work can finally feel that warm breeze that spring brings.
Schedule a time when you are going to spring clean your home. It doesn’t matter when you do it as long as you set a time to do it. You may want to set a few days aside and write it on the calendar.
Make a plan and keep it.
Set realistic goals on which tasks you want to tackle and a time frame of when you want to accomplish it. Be sure to allow time for interruptions so you don’t get discouraged within the first ten minutes. Make sure you allow yourself break time. Remember, you do not have to clean the entire house at once!
Make a to-do-list.
Write down small, manageable tasks rather than large, overwhelming tasks. Instead of writing “clean the kitchen” write something less time consuming like “wipe down cupboards”. Recheck your list often and cross off tasks you have accomplished.
Start in one room and pick up anything that doesn’t belong.
Grab a basket and gather magazines, newspapers, crayons, toys, or whatever might be lying around that should not be. Take those items and put them where they belong. Once you have finished one room you can move onto the next.
Regular cleaning it makes deep cleaning much easier
By staying on top of regular cleaning it makes deep cleaning much easier. This may seem like an obvious statement but it sure can save you a lot of time when spring cleaning comes around.
Put on some music and have fun!
Cleaning in one of those things that has to be done whether you like it or not so why not make it fun. Invite some friends over to help or get your family involved.
Here are a few tasks you may want to include in your spring cleaning.
Shampoo carpets and upholstery.
These are very time consuming but can make such a difference especially in high traffic areas and heavily used upholstery. Even though it can appear clean, it is amazing how beautiful carpet and upholstery can look after a good cleaning. Be sure to vacuum everything first before you begin shampooing.
Wipe down doors, doorknobs, light switches, cabinets, walls and baseboards
Grab a step stool and windex
Dust lamps, ceiling fans, air conditioner vents, picture frames, blinds, bookcases and all other furniture. If it is easier to grab a step stool and windex go ahead and use that. My fixtures are usually so dirty that it is much easier to take them down and rinse them off. For ceiling fans and air conditioner vents to use a cloth and a vacuum with the bristle attachment.
You may not have a problem with cob webs but there are those, like me, that do. You can either use the vacuum hose to suck them up or if you are unable to reach them with the hose you can use a broom. If you use a broom, simply put a towel on the bristles and sweep across the cobwebs. This works wonders and your ceiling will look great in no time.