A Short Guide To Stress-Free Spring Cleaning
Did you know that spring as two start dates?
According to the MetOffice, the Meteorological Spring used by weather experts starts on 1st March to line up with the Georgian calendar while the Astronomical Spring, which is measured by looking at Earth’s orbit in relation to the sun, starts on 20th March. What does this have to do with spring cleaning specifically? Nothing really. Just that spring is coming soon and you should probably get started on giving your home the deep clean it deserves!
Now we know cleaning is a hard and boring task, but keeping on top of dirt and mess is not only good for the home, it’s good for your emotional wellbeing too. However, we know you’re busy and may not have a few days in a row to get it all done, which is why we’re sharing our favourite stress-free spring cleaning tips. This way you can look after your home without any extra worries.
Tip 1: It’s OK to Take It Slow, But Set Goals
When you start thinking about just how many jobs need to be done when spring cleaning, it can seem like a very daunting task. There’s also the idea that if you don’t get the cleaning done all in one go, it will never get done at all.
First of all, wipe both of these thoughts from your mind. They’re jobs that only need doing once a year and your parents are not ordering you to clean you room. This is your home and you can do your spring cleaning exactly as you see fit. Just as long as its not at all. You can choose to either clean one room a day. Clean one layer of the house, top to bottom, everyday. Or even split the cleaning into 31 little jobs and do a little bit every night.
However, it is important that if you’re going to do this that you stick to your schedule. Putting off jobs only tells your brain that they’re not important, while also building up anxiety because things are not getting done. Plenty of house-keeping websites have free schedules you can print and check off so you can keep track of your spring cleaning. You could also reward yourself every time you complete a cleaning goal, as positive reinforcement can motivate the brain and you might even put yourself ahead of schedule.
Tip 2: Have Drinks and Snacks at The Ready
It might not be construction work, but spring cleaning is still a lot of hard work, especially if you’re having to do it around your regular job. Coming home from work tired puts you in no mood to clean. Plus, no one likes having to give up their weekend to do even more work if they need it to restore their energy. This is where drinks and snacks come in to help.
Staying hydrated while spring cleaning is very important. Not only will you likely be sweating, but the amount of dust being moved around will settle into your throat and lungs. This will not only make you feel thirsty, but can also make you feel like you can’t breathe, even if you don’t have asthma or allergies. Drinking water is quickest way to replace fluids in the body, and absolutely avoid having tea, coffee or high sugar drinks or you will be thirsty again in no time.
Eating while spring cleaning can seem counterproductive, but you needn’t make a mess and you’ll feel better for doing so. Finger foods will keep mess to a minimum while allowing you to keep going and restore energy. To that effect, stopping to make a more complex snacks like a sandwich should be avoided. Some low-mess, high-energy snacks you could try include:
- Chopped Bananas
- Cheese Cubes
- Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Dark Chocolate Pieces
- Large Nuts
Tip 3: Don’t Overspend on Cleaning Products
Do you want to know who else knows it time to get cleaning? Your local supermarkets. The tradition of “spring cleaning” as been popular in countries with cooler climates for centuries. However, it is only in the last 40 years or so that companies have made something of an event of it, putting their cleaning products on offer ready for customers.
For the sake of your sanity and your wallet, avoid these sales unless you have run out of something you need. Supermarkets will often try to promote their more expensive products when cheaper alternatives will do the same job just fine. Offers are not always what they seem either, so check how much you’re getting for the price and compare products.
Another method you can do to save a bit of cash and ease the stress of spring cleaning is to use natural methods to clean. Household ingredients like lemon juice, white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda can remove tough stains from rarely cleaned appliances and furnishings such as ovens and blinds. If you’re afraid that using stronger cleaning products will bleach any floors, walls and surfaces you’re trying to clean, use dishwasher liquid in water instead. However, always remember to pat these surfaces dry afterwards or you’ll end up with damp creeping in.
Tip 4: Declutter
One of the worst things for a busy mind and body to deal with is clutter. To some, it’s yet another job that’ll weigh on their mind but never be completed. To others, it’s a sad reflection of their own messy, stress-filled lives that they can’t deal with right now. That last sentence is not as deep as it sounds, and neither is the clutter in your home, trust us.
Decluttering, while good for the home as it reduces the build-up of dust, is even better for the mind. By throwing away things you don’t use, you throw away any worries attached to them. Gifts from your ex? Why keep mementos of them around? Freebies from a convention or business trip? No ones going to ask where they went. The less you have around, the cleaner both your home and head will feel. Here’s a simple way to decide what has to stay or go:
- Grab anything you haven’t used in the past six months (excluding seasonal items and clothing) and bring it into a clear room.
- Designate three areas of the room that will represent the categories items to keep, items to donate and items to throw away.
- Sort your items into these categories, and be ruthless about it!
Still feel you have too much in the ‘keep’ pile? Take the items out and start the whole process again, even if it takes a few days to do. You’ll feel better for it in the end.
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