We are mid-way through April – the halfway point of meteorological spring and you guessed it – it’s been a cold one. We consider the months of March, April, and May as the “spring” months and since it’s not really feeling like spring, many have no doubt put off the annual tradition of spring cleaning. However, with the sun much brighter and temperatures rising come that feeling of wanting to start anew! Right? What’s a better way to start anew than to clean and declutter your house?
A clean that can immediately impact your mood and brighten up a home is the throwing away of expired foods. Even though this type of clean might seem simple, it will have an enormous impact and be just as effective. Remember, spoiled food can release harmful toxins such as mold into the air causing allergies and other health problems. So, remember to clean out that food pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.
Furthermore, a more thorough cleaning should involve removing any lingering dust from furniture, baseboards, ceiling fans and other areas and items that are often skipped due to our busy lives. It’s also recommended that if possible get carpets and rugs shampooed and floors steam cleaned. Remember, we shed dead skin daily and this becomes food for dust mites. Having all this done will result in significant changes in your mood and in the long run your health. Simply implementing a thorough cleaning of your house whether it be cleaning yourself or hiring a cleaning service is a start.
Of course, don’t stop there! Remember that any type of hoarding can cause stress and hypertension. The good news is that simply removing unnecessary clutter can make a big difference. For example, unused clothes that don’t fit family members or those teenagers any longer can have the impact of reducing your stress. While you are at it, don’t forget to throw out those toys that the kids don’t play with anymore. It can make the house feel lighter and put you in a more positive mood.
For the remainder of spring and the upcoming summer, if you haven’t done so already (when packing away for winter) don’t forget to steam clean those barbecue grills and fire pits. You’ll need those to take full advantage of the sun and fun that comes with it. Otherwise, that will be a bummer for getting in all that natural vitamin D.
At first, cleaning your house may seem like a daunting task but taking it room by room will make it much easier. Once the cleaning is done, your house will become a fresh, healthy and renewing place that you want to come home to day after day and especially after a stressful day at the office. Go spring clean while you can!
Hiring just the right housekeeper can be life-altering for the busy family. Now this may seem to be a little over-the-top, but I am serious. Think about your life-whether single, a couple or a family-you have no time. No time to keep your home as organized or clean as you would like. No time to do the smaller tidying jobs that would make a huge difference.
“I am still learning about my home. If you can’t do it yourself, find good service people and treat them well.” — Terry (mom to our Human Resources Coordinator, Louisa)
Raise your hand if you grew up with a mom (or another parental figure) constantly reminding you to clean your room. Often, our earliest memories of figuring out how to tidy up and take care of our homes are with our moms—they taught us how to do laundry, how to do the dishes, and how to make our beds. So it should come as no surprise that when we asked our moms for their best homekeeping advice, they came back with some great tips.
Most agreed on a few major themes: it’s important to make sure everything has a home, that you put things back when you take them out, and that your home is an inviting, relaxing place to come home to—and invite others to.
Do you ever casually go about your day, popping into the kitchen for a little peanut butter toast and then the next thing you know you’re turning over the toaster oven because it’s been so long and you just can’t take the crumbs anymore?
At the risk of sounding like a cloyingly optimistic Peppy Patty (which I can assure you, I am not), I never really understood all the pervasive hate for Mondays. I get that easing yourself from the freedom of the weekend into the structure of the workweek is a bit of a shock to the system…