Spring is rapidly approaching, and we want our homes to reflect the freshness and beauty of the season. Spring cleaning is a traditional way of making this happen.
Concept of Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is not a new concept. According to Wikipedia spring cleaning dates back to more than 3000 years B.C.
In the northern hemisphere, springtime weather is warm enough to open the house and still cool enough to keep out insects. During the 1800s the annual spring cleaning took place because homes were coated with soot and grime due to oil and kerosene lamps and heating with coal and wood.
And even now we want to do something to get rid of those 40 pounds of dust that accumulates in a year (in a six room home – according to Asthma for Dummies). Once the days start getting longer and we have more sunlight streaming through our windows we start to see some of that dust.
Clean Homes Reduce Stress
A cleaner, brighter home boosts our spirits and less clutter reduces our stress. We feel more energy and are more productive if our home is clean and decluttered.
So, of course, we should do spring cleaning!
But I don’t.
The Zone Plan
I put spring cleaning in that same bracket as daylight savings time. It was once a good idea, but times have changed.
I do believe that our homes should have a complete decluttering, deep cleaning, and reorganization once a year. I just don’t want to do the marathon style in the spring. I want to spend more time outside enjoying this lovely weather rather than doing a complete spring clean.
I divide my home into zones and tackle a zone each month. During that month I clean and touch everything in that zone. I revisit my vision for each zone and eliminate what no longer serves my vision. I deep clean.
By the end of the year, I have touched everything in my home and cleaned it all.
Everyone is different. And we all have our styles of cleaning. So, do a marathon session in the spring and have it done with, or zone it out over the year, or hire it out. Just make your plan and follow it.
If you want help or just some accountability in working your organizational plan join Diane Quintana and me in our Clear Space For You clutter support group.
Jonda S. Beattie, Professional Organizer owner of Time Space Organization, and co-owner of Release, Repurpose, Reorganize. She is based in the Metro-Atlanta area. As presenter, award-winning author, as well as a retired special education teacher she uses her listening skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of different learning techniques, ADHD specialty, and paper management skills to help clients tackle the toughest organizational issues. Jonda does hands on organizing and virtual organizing. For more of Jonda’s tips connect with her on Facebook.