During winter, most of us simply burrow in our homes, without the tiniest desire to grab a mop and a bucket or start tossing out unnecessary stuff. It’s the spring when people start to feel the real need to turn things upside down and make their home spick and span. You could say that those first rays of sunlight seem to awaken everyone’s inner Marie Kondo! So, how do you go from season of hibernation to being a busy spring bee? Is it all about cleaning and downsizing or is there more to it?
Read on to find out how to make your house- and your mind- ready for spring in 3 simple steps.
#1 Scrub down everything like you’re covering up a crime
Really. There’s no half-assing spring cleaning. The only way you’ll get your home in tip-top shape after a long winter is to get down and dirty- and in the most literal sense. Go through every nook and cranny of your home with a vacuum and leave no “stone” unturned to hide layers of dust. Steam the carpets, wash all the windows, polish the wood floors… No one denies it’s a lot of work but your home will look like a million bucks after you’re done with it!
#2 Say goodbye to stuff you don’t need
The start of spring cleaning season gives you an excellent motive to go through your belongings and get rid of things you don’t need. Re-evaluate your junk, so to speak. Those winter booties you bought but never got to wear? That clunky fondue pot you thought to whip out for a romantic Valentines dinner but instead sits in the cupboard collecting dust? Send them packing. There’s no need to hoard stuff that’s clear you won’t be using. Not only that they take up so much of your valuable storage space, but they will contribute to the feeling your home is a mess- even if it’s not.
But, instead of just tossing things you don’t want in the trash and harming the environment in the process, try and make use of them. Is there something you could donate or gift to family and friends? Or does the condition of the items allows you to sell them on sites like VarageSale and turn a profit on unwanted stuff? Give new life to your clutter by forwarding it someone who actually needs it. You know what wise people say: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
#3 Unclutter your mind and get going
It’s not only your house that benefits from decluttering. With our busy lifestyles and hectic schedules, we often forget to take a step back and hit pause. A great way to keep yourself centered and clear out that brain fog that often accompanies spring fatigue is to take up meditation or go on walks each day. Take 15 to 30 minutes of your day for some me-time, and get out on fresh air or empty your mind of stress. Your body (and mind) will thank you for it!