Here are four of my favorite spring cleaning techniques and tips that help my highly sensitive personality (HSP.)
1. Make your bed every day.
Ok, so this might not technically be “spring” cleaning but it is a necessity for my HSP. My grandmother taught me this early on and to this day I can’t stand leaving my bedroom without making my bed. It makes the room look so much more neat and calm, regardless of what other clutter might be around. (I prefer a white bedspread which tends to be more crisp, clean, and soothing.)
2. Get Rid of Clutter
While this my sound like a broad statement, it is critical. If you aren’t sure where to start here are my favorite books:
Tsh’s book, Organized Simplicity, started me on my journey. It’s my bible on decluttering. It really made me think about what was necessary in my house, and in particular, which kid toys were actually useful and which were “twaddle” toys (useless, junky, broken, or over commercialized toys that don’t inspire imagination.) Bonus, her book also contains homemade cleaner recipes!
Marie’s book, although at times I must confess parts of it sounded a little OCD to me, helped me alleviate the guilt of getting rid of things I was hanging onto just because they had been handed down to me from some relative because they felt guilty giving it away too! I’m only kidding about the OCD part, I really love all of Marie’s books. Over the last year I have gotten rid of over fifty, yes fifty, bags of “stuff” and am I’m not done yet! I live by William Morris’s quote:
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. – William Morris
3. Clean with natural products.
Once all the clutter is cleared, it’s much easier to do a deep cleaning. Try to use natural cleaning products if at all possible. You would be amazed at how many chemicals seep out into the air from your cleaning products. Try taking a closed bottle of nail polish remover (or any cleaning solution) and put it in a sealed rubber container overnight. Open it the next day and what do you smell? An overwhelming odor of nail polish remover. When it slowly is leaking out you don’t even notice it, but this exercise shows you how many chemicals can be swirling around in your air. No wonder we have such a rise in asthmatic children! Plain old hot water, vinegar, baking soda, and borax all make great homemade cleaners. (I will confess to using the occasional bleach but that’s about it.)
If you don’t have the time to make your own products why not try a greener version like Mrs. Meyers, Method, or Babyganics? I love Method’s toilet bowl cleaner. It’s spearmint scent is such a refreshing smell for the bathroom!
4. Wash the curtains and open the windows!
There is nothing more refreshing than freshly washed curtains hanging above breezy open windows. I use light weight white curtains, wash them in my favorite smelling laundry detergent, and then hang them up wet and let them dry in the fresh spring air. It’s truly the best way to fall asleep!
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