Spring is in the air! Winter hibernation has ceased and thus begins an annual purge of our lives to make way for all the fun memories our summer has in store. That’s right, folks. I’m talking about spring cleaning. A process once thought to have originated from the Persian New Year, as they carry out “khooneh tekouni” and thoroughly clean and declutter their homes, this yearly cleaning process went mainstream during the same time of year. Not only does it give the same “rebirth” effect springtime gives to the earth, but it also shakes away all the extra winter layers we have added to our lives in order to stay warm & cozy. You store away your winter stuff, take out your summer things, clear out any allergens stuck in the crevices and basically clear away any clutter you may have gathered throughout the year. Some find it daunting, purging things from their lives; some find it exhilarating to lose things that were tying them down. Either way, it is almost a form of therapy. “Stuff” is what keeps us complacent in our lives. Its release is a way to recalibrate what you’ve been used to into productivity. You’ve seen the show Hoarders. It’s nothing to turn a blind eye to. That’s a reality for some. And I know it’s a hassle to do but I’m going to try to make it feel like not the worst thing that could happen. A bonus? Sometimes you find some pretty cool things you thought you had lost for good. The hope for mine? About a $100 I lost a few months back that has literally vanished.
Here are some tips you can do to help you through the process:
Work your way from top to bottom. Whether it be a one floored space or a multi-leveled one, starting from the top and working your way down will keep the mess in a downward spiral, instead of floating all around as you change direction.
Do one room at a time. Not only will this show you definite progress, but it will also keep you on track to actually finishing. Have a designated spot for all the mess so in the end, you have everything together and readily disposable.
Have a game plan. If you feel lost as to where to begin, there are TONS Of resources around to help you out. Like I always say: If I’m ever in a bind I ask myself, what would Pinterest do? They are only there to help. Once you have a basic idea of how you’d like to hand things, make sure you are taking proper precautions when you’re planning you attack. Having things handy like rubber gloves and garbage bags will not only keep you safe but on schedule too. If something seems out of your cleaning jurisdiction, find a professional or someone that can help you out. Making things worse by doing things yourself isn’t helping the situation at all.
The important thing to remember is that once it’s done, it’s going to make you feel amazing, so don’t burn yourself out or get overwhelmed and lose interest. This isn’t a race, it’s spring cleaning. You have a whole season to do it…and the turtle wins every. single. time.
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