Now that the weather’s warming up, you may have caught the spring cleaning bug. Even though it can sometimes be a pain, it’s important to clear out the clutter that may have accumulated throughout the year (especially if your biggest activity during quarantine was online shopping!). To end up whistling while you work, check out these tips so that your spring cleaning session is effective and enjoyable!
- Make a game plan.
This isn’t the fun part, but it helps to make your experience as quick and painless as possible. List out the things you’ve gotta do to clean house, whether it be to purge the clothes you never wear or mop the floor till it gleams. Once you’ve figured out where to put your focus, gather all the supplies you’ll need, put on some comfy clothes, and get to scrubbin’.
- Listen to some music or a podcast.
The worst thing about cleaning is the drudgery of it, but you can easily wipe that away by listening to something entertaining. You can put on a playlist of your favorite hype music, or, if your friends keep recommending podcasts that you haven’t had the chance to try, now is the time! We hear great things about Asian Enough, Keep It, The Mortified Podcast, and My Brother, My Brother, and Me if you’re looking for a good place to start.
- Try out an audiobook.
So the last time you picked up a book was for your Gen Ed English class. It’s okay, we understand! But if you’re interested in getting back into literature, listening to an audiobook while you work keeps you educated and clean. A lot of audiobooks can be found on sites that require a subscription, like Audible, but if you don’t wanna cough up the cash, we highly recommend downloading the Overdrive app. Overdrive is essentially an online library where you can connect your library account and borrow items through your phone. This way, you avoid any time-consuming trips to the library and can engage with content you’ll love for free, all at the touch of a button.
- Consider donating items you’ve purged.
They say that nothing feels as good as helping others, so keep that in mind as you clear out your mess. Although clothes, decor, and other items may not fit with your vibe anymore, you should always try to donate before you consider trashing them. Goodwill is a mainstay for many, so dropping your used stuff there is a great option. Otherwise, you can try the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which accepts toys, books, clothing or family items.
- Reward yourself.
After a day of hard work, it stands to reason that you deserve a reward. If you feel gross after cleaning, a bubble bath may be in order, or if you worked up an appetite, try an ice cream treat. Try to give yourself at least an hour to wind down afterwards, so that you can recharge your energy and be ready to knock out your next goal.