Ah, Springtime – warmer weather, flowers blooming, grass greening, birds chirping. I love this time of year! As the snow melts and the windows open, it makes me feel motivated to do some spring cleaning around our home.
What Exactly Does it Mean to Spring Clean?
Spring cleaning is an essential part of clearing out the remnants of winter and making room for the new. It’s a time to clean off the dust and cobwebs that have accumulated over winter to make everything feel fresh and like new again.
Literally, spring cleaning means the act or process of doing a thorough cleaning of a place.
There are a few misconceptions when it comes to spring cleaning, and it is important to clear those up before starting.
Here is what it means to spring clean in a nutshell… what it is and is not. We will also take a look at cleaning mistakes you will want to avoid so you can be as efficient as possible.
What is Spring Cleaning?
It Is a Fresh Start to the Year
By the time we are a few months into the year, most of us can use another fresh start.
When winter begins to fade into spring, we are ready for a chance to get rid of the old and get on with the new. Springtime gives us that chance to turn over a new leaf and clean our way into a fresh mindset.
A Good Thorough Cleaning
Spring cleaning is not just your average weekly chores. It gives us a chance to turn everything over and clear out the cobwebs, literally and figuratively.
This type of cleaning is a thorough change from the way we are currently living. It is a chance to get things moving back in the right direction we have slipped at any point.
It Is About Organization
Spring cleaning is not just about wiping away the grease and dust. It is a great time to make an extensive list to follow, both now and on smaller levels for the future.
Find ideas on the internet about home organization. Add to your lists anything that is specific to you and your home.
It Is Not All-or-Nothing
As much as you may want to do as thorough a cleaning as possible, don’t go overboard. Do your best to make your home sparkly and bright, but give yourself a break when necessary.
You should strive for a clean, functional home… but one that must also be liveable. Do your best, and then relax with the results you acquire.
It Isn’t Just About Home Cleaning
Spring cleaning is generally focused on turning your home into a better, more organized version of its previous state. However, there are plenty of other things in your life that you can focus on when you are finished.
Spend some of your time spring cleaning your car, and you will once again be able to enjoy your drive to and from work every day. Extend spring cleaning to your purse, and you will be able to find what you need more quickly when you are away from home.
Now that we know what spring cleaning is, let’s look at some spring cleaning mistakes you will want to avoid so you can accomplish your goal more easily.
When you are trying to do a thorough cleaning in your home, the best intentions can be laid waste when you fall into the trap of some of these mistakes. If you know what they are ahead of time, it is easier to avoid them.
Keep these things in mind when you are about to do your annual spring cleaning.
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Spring Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid
Going Too Fast When You Spring Clean
When you rush through something as important as spring cleaning, you will almost always regret it later.
Spring cleaning is a big job, and not the time to rush yourself or anyone else helping. Take your time and make sure you do things right, as this will save you time spent correcting your mistakes later.
Going Too Slow
It is always good to take your time, but it is equally important not to move too slowly when spring cleaning. If you do not stick to at least a basic schedule, you will soon become disheartened when you see no progress. Keep yourself motivated however possible, so that the changes you make will propel you to do even more.
Doing It Alone
Spring cleaning is not the time to act independently of everyone else. If there is any way you can get a helping hand from someone else, be sure to take it.
Motivate all family members to take part, and make lists for each person in the household. If you live alone, see if one or more of your friends will swap time with each other to act as a cleaning team, taking turns working through each person’s home.
Spring cleaning is time-consuming, but it is not rocket science. Create a personalized spring cleaning list by compiling the tasks that apply to your home. Stick to the basics and work hard, and you won’t get sidetracked by unnecessary details.
Along the same lines, don’t feel you have to buy every fancy, new cleaning product, spray, or cleaning contraption to get the job done right. Sometimes it is the tried and true solutions that work the best.
Use natural items such as vinegar and baking soda for your cleaning. Don’t buy new items that are unnecessary, or that are not worth the money for the small amount of effort that they save.
There is nothing more irritating than getting into your cleaning clothes, putting on some upbeat music, rolling up your sleeves, and then realizing you do not have the necessary equipment to complete your task.
Make a list at the beginning of what tasks you will complete each day, and then figure out what supplies are necessary to complete each one. Visit the store and have everything on hand so that when the time comes, you can get right into cleaning without any delays.
Spring cleaning is an important time of the year. It has many benefits and is something everyone should do. It is a great time to make your home feel like a brand new place.
A proper spring cleaning will give you a healthier home to live in. It can also improve your mental health, and give you the clarity you cannot find when you are surrounded by a mess.
Also, remember, spring cleaning isn’t just for your home. Your spring cleaning endeavors can extend to whatever part of your life you choose. Go through a mental checklist of every area in your life that needs some overhauling, and find ways to make those changes.
With a little bit of organization and a lot of effort, you will have a beautiful home to enjoy once again.