a feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring.
Doesn’t Webster’s Dictionary describe spring fever perfectly? Well, it should. I mean, it is the dictionary, right?
Really though, after hibernating during the frigid winter, we’re suddenly ready to be more physical:
- We’re obsessed with walking 25 miles per week.
- Even after adjusting to Daylight Savings Time, we’re waking up earlier each day.
- Our to-do list becomes longer and we become lighter and more motivated to tackle it.
- We have an urge to clean everything in our house. Some don’t possess the urge, sudden or otherwise, to clean anything. Those people shall remain nameless…. and they shall also become Lighten Up clients.
Well, a lot of us do. We are washing everything in sight. Our curtains, bed linens, carpets, baseboards, walls, kitchen cabinets, light fixtures. The list goes on.
We also feel the need to air out rooms, so we open up the windows and let the “out-of-doors” in. We might walk around the house in our snow boots and parka just to throw open those windows and experience the smell of the earthy, warm air.
We go from room to room staring at everything. We cock our head and think “What can I change”? We know some things have to go, some things need to move around, yet we can’t figure out what needs to do what.
This burst of springtime air and initiative can leave us feeling energized and motivated, but as many of us discover once we start, it often snowballs. This is both good and bad. What starts out as a liberating and inspired cleaning of the the draperies, can suddenly morph into a massive home overhaul, vacuuming behind the dresser, purging mismatched socks, organizing the pantry, emptying the shed, painting the shutters, pulling up bathroom tile, repaving the driveway. And we finally raise the white flag, too confused and frustrated to finish any of the projects.
Spring cleaning has the potential to become an overwhelming, unorganized, financially insurmountable mess. Here are a few tips to keep yourself organized and effective this spring.
- Decide which of the projects are financially doable. Sometimes our list includes ideas that aren’t in our budget just yet. Those need to be put on the back burner. Save them for when we have the money. It’s discouraging to start an activity only to find out we have to leave it half done, or worse – finish it in a way that makes us feel as if we settled. We realize we didn’t accomplish what we set out to do and that deflates the balloon that holds all of the other exciting organizing ideas we have floating around in our brain. That brings me to my next helpful hint:
- Clarify the steps we’ll take to achieve the results we want. This is where our organizer or handyman comes in. We need to get all of our ideas written down or typed out so we can evaluate the projects, determine the different strategies and decide the order of each component. Before we even start, we need to know that we’ve nailed it. “Yes, that’s what I want it to look like or feel like..”
- Work with someone who will remind us to be the tortoise, not the hare. Slow and steady wins the race. We have to be mindful of our physical self. What can we realistically accomplish in one day, one weekend, one week? Talk to a professional who knows what the job will entail. Have that person help us stay on track so we don’t overdo it the first day and end up with an ice pack on our knee the next.
- And last, but not least, make sure those projects will produce results that will keep us invigorated and motivated. During this time of planning and movement, we should keep in mind that we want to build on our momentum. Get easy, small projects done that provide a boost of confidence and incentivize us. We want to maintain our enthusiasm throughout the process.
Spring Fever really is our best buddy. It tells us it’s time to take stock of our abodes and clean up and clear out. It tell us to shoo the winter out of our homes and bring on the spring. And what could be better than that?
Aren’t you ready? Hasn’t spring fever hit you yet? If not, then you must still be in hibernation. You’re missing out on the fun! Call us. Let’s chat.