Start The New Year With A Clean Slate: 5 Reasons Why Winter Is The Perfect Time To Start Spring Cleaning
Springtime. The sun is warming. Flowers are blooming. And soft breezes are calling. But instead of enjoying the great outdoors, your indoors taking care of your “spring cleaning.” Sure, it’s a timeless tradition but is spring really the time of year when you want to be stuck inside and gearing up for long days of cleaning and scrubbing, rearranging and organizing? When you think about it, the cold and stormy days of winter (when you’re most likely hunkering down indoors anyway) are the ideal time to tend to indoor tasks.
Here are five reasons why you might want to consider “winter cleaning.” After all, spring lasts for just a scant 90 days; why waste even one day sweeping indoors when you could be sunning outdoors?
1. After the holidays, you’re most likely organizing anyway
The holidays have probably brought the usual treasure trove of trinkets and toys, gear and gadgets. While you’re organizing your new haul and searching for places to store it all, you can clean out your closets, attic, and garage and scratch those tasks off your spring to-do list.
2. It’s not all on you; other family members can help out
Other family members might not spring into action at the thought of cleaning, but while they’re home for the holidays, school break, or snow days they can lend a hand. Decide which cleaning tasks are a priority then assign each family member a chore. Before you know it, your list will go from ‘to-do’ to ‘all done.’
3. ‘Tis the season for decluttering — and giving
Decluttering, organizing, and donating tend to go hand-in-hand. While you’re cleaning out your closets and other storage areas, think about what you can donate. Cold-weather gear you no longer use, winter clothes that no longer fit, and household items that have been gathering dust for years can all brighten the lives of children and adults in need.
4. Chill: There’s no pressure to get everything done all at once
Because there are fewer reasons to head outside, you won’t need to rush through your seasonal cleaning in a mad frenzy. Cozying up indoors and reveling in that nesting feeling just might inspire you to make your ‘nest’ as clean and comfortable as possible.
5. New Year’s Day is a great time to clean. Who knew?
The start of a new year can also mean starting fresh and clean in your home. Clear out the accumulation of the past year (or years!), organize, shine, and polish to your heart’s content. Then when the warm weather returns you’ll have plenty of time to indulge your spring fever while giving household cleaning the cold shoulder.