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While you are spring cleaning, it would be a great idea to disinfect everything.

Every year, when springtime rolls around, many of us make some effort to clean up our lives, our homes, our desks, and our yards. It’s a great habit that makes for a healthier life and a healthier mind! Being in a healthy place mentally makes you more productive, more peaceful, and generally happier. 

It’s important to be in a happy state of mind generally, but it’s even more important right now. With the current state of affairs and the spread of COVID-19, we need peace and calm more than ever!

Like so many others, you may find yourself spending more time stuck at home for the next few weeks. While this is inconvenient and a potentially major setback for many of us, why not take advantage of the opportunity! It’s nearly springtime, so make the best of it!

Spring Cleaning

Mental Spring Cleaning

Can you remember the fresh smell and feel of a clean, neat, and well-organized space? A mental spring cleaning can provide the same for your brain! It can also give you an energy boost and a sense of relief, even accomplishment! Here are some mental and emotional spring cleaning ideas to start with!

Quiet Time

First, solitude does wonders for the mind. In our culture, we generally don’t value quiet and stillness. This is very unfortunate. Set aside some alone time to take an internal inventory and identify what has been cluttering your mind. Find a place without distractions. Meditate, pray, go for a hike, or try yoga. Setting the stage with external acts can promote internal reflection and allow you time to clean up and order your inner world. Turn off all your devices and let everyone know to leave you alone. Spend time visualizing how you want to feel in your life and in your relationships. What can you clear out of your heart and mind that will allow you to become a calmer, more centered person?

Start a Journal

Next, few people make a habit of capturing their thoughts on paper, but it can be such a positive therapeutic exercise that helps to work out thoughts and dreams. Putting pen to paper can help clean out your emotional space and even change your perspective. Often freely writing down whatever comes to mind can reveal how cluttered your insides have become.

As you write, try to identify what you are feeling. Fear? Doubt? Anger? Then consider how these emotions affect your thoughts and actions. How do they affect others in your life?

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Let Something Go

Things we hold on to can consume us. Releasing your hold on the past or a past event can set you free and release emotional energy that can be redirected towards something positive. 

Don’t let resentment rule you. It’s a poison and it will only make you bitter and unhappy. Emotions are normal and natural. Anger and hurt are legit, but holding on to them will only ultimately hurt you. Make a conscious, intentional effort to release that thing you’ve been holding on to so you can be free!

Make Amends

Take some time to consider your important relationships. Is there anything you’ve said or done to another person that hurt or offended them? Offer a sincere apology to clear the air. Even if you have a hard time “meaning” it, an apology can go a long way to begin restoring the relationship. Either way, it can set you free from regret. You can’t control what other people do, but you can control what you do. Making the effort toward restoration releases you from the grip of regret.

Spend some time reviewing your current relationships and those that have drifted away. Is there anything you have done to hurt or diminish those relationships? What could you do to make amends today?

Forgive Yourself

Finally, we are too frequently prone to forgive everyone else but not ourselves. Years of self-criticism and negative self valuation can lead to a very low view of one’s self. Dwelling on past mistakes can lead to self-critical thoughts and feelings that keep you stuck. It’s freeing to acknowledge that you will make mistakes and sometimes be weak. And it’s possible to learn from difficult personal experiences and maintain or even grow a sense of self-acceptance. Take the opportunity to show yourself some grace today.

Now That You’ve Cleaned Your Headspace

Since you’ve worked out all your personal and relationship issues, it’s the perfect time to do some spring cleaning!

A clean and organized space is beneficial for your physical and mental health. When your home and office area are clean and clutter-free, it makes you feel good, happy, and productive. Anything is possible! These feelings of happiness will contribute to increased productivity, and they can even have a contagious effect on your family, friends, and co-workers.

So here are some thoughts and tips for your spring cleaning effort:

Floors

Ever walk across the floor barefoot at night and step in something sticky? You know then that your floor isn’t as clean as you would like. Though most of the time we don’t notice the sticky spots, our floors can be very dirty! Spring cleaning is the time to get moving! Move desks, file cabinets, credenzas, conference tables, couches and everything else that’s in the way of getting the floor clean. Hunt down the dust bunnies! Search and destroy the hidden grime. Eliminate the contributors to allergic reactions, bacteria, and germs. Cleaning these areas will also lend a fresh new smell to your home or office.

 Windows

I’ve never met a person who loves to clean windows, but trying to enjoy the view through a filthy window is a real bummer. Clean windows have a big impact on the appearance of your building or home. Winter snow, sleet, and even rain leave residue on windows, and this is the best time to clear things up and let the sunshine in!

Dusting

You may dust regularly, but this is spring cleaning! Take a little more time to dust those hard-to-reach areas. For example, high beams, the tops of light fixtures, ceiling corners, air returns, and the tops of doors. Remove all of those allergens and even improve the performance of your HVAC system. Get out the ladders and clean the hard to reach stuff! 

Furniture

Have you ever seen the pictures of what builds up in your upholstery? It’s pretty gross! Spring is a great time to schedule deep cleaning for your furniture. Not only will it remove all the hidden nastiness, but it will improve your furniture’s appearance, extend its life, and freshen the smell of the whole place.

Pressure Washing

It doesn’t take long for sidewalks, siding, and bricks to look dirty and worn. Over the winter, the buildup of salt and sand, along with normal dirt and debris, detract from the beauty of any building and leave a less-than-positive impression on passersby. Break out the pressure washer and galoshes, and start washing!  

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Other Great Spring Cleaning Tasks

  • Use compressed air to clean keyboards and other electronic office equipment
  • Wipe down desks and workspaces with multipurpose wipes
  • Get professional carpet cleaning
  • Clean tile, grout floors, and hardwood floors
  • Don’t forget mirrors, toilets, sinks, and counters in bathrooms
  • Vacuum or dust air vents
  • Wipe down all countertops and appliances
  • Disinfect waste removal bins
  • Dust baseboards
  • Either clean or replace doormats
  • Wash and disinfect all doorknobs
  • Clean and disinfect light switches

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning For Your Health

One more thought. Since we are experiencing a global pandemic, while you are getting your spring cleaning done, it would be a great idea to disinfect everything. COVID-19 is believed to be viable on a surface for up to three days. Make sure to follow these suggestions to ensure that your spaces are as safe as possible:

  • For dirty surfaces, clean using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • For disinfection, use diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, or most common EPA-registered household disinfectants
  • Make sure you apply correctly and allow for the proper dwell time
  • Wear disposable gloves
  • Make sure to launder all clothing that has been in an area of potential infection
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often!

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