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5 Tips for Surviving
Spring Cleaning
                              By Moriah Hurston

It’s been a long, long winter, and all many of us can talk about is the warm weather ahead. Can you just imagine basking in all the glory of the sun, the warm sun-rays feeding your skin all the vitamin D it has been craving? The piercing wind chills are gone, so go ahead and rip off those layers you have been hiding behind! Go outside and take it all in…or just open a window and enjoy the sound of Mother Nature showing you favor for once.

Spring is here and it’s time for a fresh start, but wait! Before you can start fresh, you have to get rid of all the baggage and clutter from winter’s ghost. If you’re struggling on where to start, try doing a little spring-cleaning around the house. Surrounding yourself in clutter can make it difficult to think clearly while you’re making all those decisions for a fresh start, which can leave you in an unpleasant mood.

If you don’t consider yourself to be one of the “few” that “actually enjoys” cleaning, or you always find yourself getting distracted while just tidying up, fret no more! Here are a few steps to help you get through spring-cleaning and on your way to a bright new beginning this season.

Don’t Over-think it

1. Don’t Stress Yourself Out By Over-thinking it.
When you start to look around and think of all the things that need to be done, it can be extremely stressful. You might want to cry or consider accepting the pigsty, especially when you think of all the possible cleaning you have never even done before. YIKES!

Let’s start by taking a deep breathe and tackling one thing at a time. It might help to set the mood by putting on your favorite playlist to keep you motivated. Apps and websites such as Pandora, Spotify and 8 Tracks all have preset playlist to get you motivated or keep you calm and collected throughout this stressful process.

2. Focus on One Thing at a Time
Stay FocusedTaking it one step at a time can make a world of a difference. Pick the room you spend the most time in to start off, then work your way around your home. It can help to have your personal space a little less stressful than everywhere else. Besides, if you do decide to give up, at least you got this room done.

Pick up any trash you see and put it in a designated bag, box or can. More trash is bound to appear later. Gather all the items that don’t necessarily belong in that room and put them in a pill, or go ahead and put them in their correct homes if that is easier for you.

3. You Have to Get a Little Dirty
Finding the best cleaning products or secret cleaning combos can be as complicated as finding the best make-up or hair products. We want to keep this as simple as possible. You don’t have to be super anal to succeed at spring cleaning. Classic everyday products such as bleach, pine-sol and baking soda will get the job done.

As much as we hate getting down on the floor or moving heavy objects when we’re not working out our hot bods, today is the day that we must! Normally, someone might tell you that you have to move furniture completely out of the way to really get a good clean under there. Honestly, if you just move one side over at a time and clean under or behind it, you get just as much done without all the hassle of trying to move everything back.

4. Don’t Forget the Ceiling Fans, Walls and Windows!
While you’re on a roll of cleaning behind and under whatever furniture you have, don’t forget to get those cracks and spots we never pay attention to. You might not think the walls accumulate much dirt (unless you have kids or pets), but they do. Most dirt accumulates at the bottom near the baseboard and at the top from circulated dust. Simply take an old rag or sponge, dampen with a water/cleaner concoction, and wipe the dirt away. You don’t want to scrub the paint off, but you can put a little muscle into it (Yes, this does count as your workout Don't forget the ceiling fansfor the day)-- who knows when the last time it was cleaned! For the top of the walls and the ceiling fans (if you don’t own a Swiffer or dust mop), try attaching a rag at the end of a broom and sweep across. If you haven’t already, now would be a great time to open up a window or two to get some of that delightful fresh air inside. Since you are already there, don’t forget to Windex the windows!

5. Organize, Organize, Organize!
This can sometimes seem like the most difficult or agitating part. Organizing isn’t the ideal thing, unless you’re anal or OCD. Saving this for last makes it a lot easier to do. All the trash is cleared, and things that don’t belong are taken care of. When organizing, think about your everyday activities that involve those items. Now, just organize them to your everyday liking. Whether it is by use, color or size, it will definitely make your life easier.

Organize!Another thing to think about when cleaning are those things you don’t really need or use. We all have a little bit of “hoarder” inside of us. While you are in the groove of gaining a fresh start, you might as well get rid of all that extra junk, yes JUNK! Do you really needs those clothes you haven’t worn in almost 2 years? Even if you are trying to get back into that smaller size, are you trying to stay the old, less wise you, or grow into the new and improved you? Now, throw out those papers-- you’re not sure what they’re even for-- and those hair products that “didn’t” work. Get rid of anything that makes you wonder about the last time you used it, can’t remember what it is for or what it does, and all those crappy gifts you kept “just to be nice”.

Once you have completed these steps, you are well on your way to a fresh new start! Now you can pour yourself a drink, grab a good read, or just relax in your clean home and enjoy Mother Nature being on your side for a change. The future is looking bright and warm for you! / Issue 190 - September 7643
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