It's almost that time of year again: Spring! Time for new buds to sprout and awaken, breezy clothing to arrive in the stores, and homes everywhere to become a little cleaner. And, while Spring cleaning isn't at the top of most people's List Of Favorite Things, it's secretly been near the top of mine this year.
No, I'm plagued with a compulsion for cleanliness--far from it. I had to teach myself as an adult how to be non-slovenly, so I know what it is to have a wonderfully clean house, a super-messy place, and many of the stops in between. And I prefer clean.
I feel less stressed in a clean house. I don't look around and just think of all the work it would take to declutter (anymore). I feel more like my home is a haven from stress, like aromatherapy and music can now fill the house, along with friends. I can quickly turn my bathroom into a spa, my family room into a home gym, and my bedroom into a great place for meditation. And I can (usually) find what I'm looking for within a matter of minutes.
So this year, I've started my Spring cleaning early, and I'm almost done. So far, I feel somehow 'lighter' in my own home, like the home itself is a little bigger or something. And I'd like you to have the same feeling! I an attempt to help you not miss out on this, I'm bringing you resources for getting motivated to clean, and following through on your plans in as low-stress a manner as possible. Enjoy!
Spring Cleaning Resources from Elizabeth Scott:
Do you participate in Spring cleaning? Is your house always clean anyway, or do you live among clutter? Share your thoughts on Spring cleaning in the comments section, or start a thread in the Stress Management Forum.
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