Now that we’re finally seeing the sun after what seemed like a never-ending season of rain, you may have the sudden urge to start spring cleaning your home. It’s not a coincidence. Studies show that the brain produces more serotonin (the chemical in charge of mood) on sunny days as opposed to darker ones. A happier mood may encourage you to be more active, which could be channeled into cleaning your home.
If the spring-cleaning bug has you itching to organize, below are three tips that will help you maximize your efforts.
Nothing is more frustrating than starting a project and quickly realizing that you don’t have what you need to finish the job. Take inventory of what you have and make a list of what you need. Don’t forget to include sponges, rags, brushes, or any other tool that will use with your cleaning agents.
Green cleaning has become super popular, and many cleaning agents now offer an environmentally-safe alternative to their chemical counterparts. This is especially useful for those suffering from allergies or homes with children and pets.
Have a Plan
Cleaning an entire home is an ambitious undertaking, one that can leave you hiding under a pile of clothes wishing you had never started. If you have no idea where to start, consider adopting the KonMari Method developed by the infamous tidying guru herself, Marie Kondo. Kondo, who’s made a lucrative living teaching others how to tidy up their lives, breaks organizing down into four categories: clothing, papers, miscellany, and sentimental. Her method differs from others in that she does not recommend cleaning by room.
For clothing, the KonMari Method states that you should take all of your clothing and put them into one pile. This helps you see what you’re working with from the start. Then, go through each item and keep only those that you love or that serve a purpose (such as snow boots, etc.)
For a crash course in organizing, you can watch her popular Netflix series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” and watch her help families organize their homes.
Don’t Forget the Outdoors
The biggest draw of living at Smith Mountain Lake is, obviously, the lake itself. Warmer weather begs attention for outdoor barbecues, afternoon boat rides, and lazy lounges on decks and docks. Don’t overlook your outdoor living space so that you will be prepared for an impromptu party.
Examine your sidewalks, walkways, decks, patios, and dock for any loose panels, rocks, or cracks. Take photos of areas that need to be replaced and send them to a professional so that you can get them prepared before you invite guests over. Wipe down or pressure wash your outdoor furniture and replace any cushions that may be worn or ripped.
Now that you’ve got a plan and an arsenal of supplies, put on your favorite playlist and get to work! By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be sitting pretty on your patio enjoying all of the spoils that Smith Mountain Lake living has to offer.
Source: Unraveling the Sun’s Role in Depression, WebMD.