I used to have a friend who said that when she was done cleaning her home, she felt like she had “purged her soul.”
Really? I guess I can somewhat understand that sentiment. If your house is a disaster and you go through blood, sweat and tears to get it clean, that process (and the end result) can be invigorating.
Here’s the rub, though: That process—even the very thought of it—can also be daunting. That’s why so many people procrastinate on large-scale cleaning jobs like spring cleaning until, well, summertime… even fall. Heck, until next spring!
You just gotta love spring for cleaning, though. After all, it’s a time for renewal. For cleansing.
For dust and pollen GALORE… 24/7.
It’s about not only clearing the clutter, but cleaning on a deep level. So if you typically dust, mop, clean your kitchen and bathrooms and vacuum every week, you may take it up a notch in the spring and take care of some of these oft-neglected chores, such as:
Take a tooth brush to the grout in your bathroom tile (though this guy looks way too happy here…)
Or a scrub brush to your baseboards…
And while you’re at it, rent a carpet cleaning machine and give your carpeting a thorough soak…
Scrub your stovetop grills and clean your oven…
And now that winter’s done, clean the soot out of your fireplace and chimney…
Wipe down your walls…
And don’t forget your dryer vents…
And how about a springtime duct cleaning, just to cap it off. (Yuck. Are you telling me that my air ducts look like the valley of the shadow of death, below??)
Are you exhausted yet?
Okay, who am I kidding? Really? Who wants to (who CAN) do all of that? (I know, I know—there ARE some of you out there raising– waving– your hands right now. Just sit down. I’m not talking to you.)
My advice… wait for it…
Hire a pro. Some may do all of the above; others may do none of it (though I do believe there IS a price for just about anything.)
But a good house cleaning service, carpet cleaning company or window cleaner can do wonders for your mood.
Not to mention your soul.