Spring cleaning anyone? I know, I know, it might not be our favorite thing to do, but it’s a type of self-care that has a positive impact on our lives. With the lock-down we have spent more time in our houses than some of us might like, but after all, it is our sanctuary. Taking care of our space is a form of self-care that costs nothing and benefits our mental health and physical health. This is the approach I take to spring cleaning —and you can too!
There is no doubt that decluttering is a hard task, especially when you don’t even know where to start. I’ll admit that I can declutter a kitchen drawer with no problem, but anything bigger and I start feeling stuck. To get started, it’s important to have a game plan. You can pick an area that you want to begin decluttering and dedicate a certain amount of time each day to that area. If I can’t bring myself to get rid of something because I'm unsure if I might need that item again, or I have an emotional tie to it, I incorporate the strategies below.
-Question when an item was last used.
-Keep track of how often an item is used.
-Question why it’s important to keep that particular item.
Usually after going through the above steps, I’m able to support the decision to let something go. Still worried that you will get rid of something that you might end up needing? Remember, you can always borrow items from neighbors or friends.
Don’t forget to digitally declutter too! Find a system that works for you in keeping your files and desktop neat.
After decluttering, it’s much easier to perform a deep clean. After a deep clean, find a cleaning routine to maintain your space. Pinterest has some helpful examples of cleaning schedules if that is helpful for you. Cleaning might not be the type of self-care that we look forward to, but you can make it feel like less of a chore by listening to a podcast or music while getting the house clean. Hiring help is an option too if you just don’t have the time to get it done or prefer to spend time doing something else.
Think of how you want to feel when you walk into each space of your home. Decorate with intention by using items that bring you joy. Candles and essential oil diffusers are great ways to satisfy your senses. Whether you are aiming to have a space feel calm or inspirational, you can pick artwork that helps influence the mood. House plants instantly liven up a space, and they even purify the air. I will be the first to admit that I don’t have a green thumb but one plant that I’ve been able to keep alive is this one.
Take time to relax in your space! Having an intentional place in your home to recharge feels so good! This could be a specific area of a room with a cozy couch or even your backyard.
What are your favorite spring-cleaning hacks?