At the Y with Stacey Coombs
It is hard to believe that spring has sprung. Mostly due to the fact that there is still an ample amount of snow on the ground and that the temperature is still well below freezing.
Despite the current mentality winter will end. Once the warm weather starts people start to come out of hibernation. The sunny weather gives us the motivation to clean out the excess stuff that has been building up all winter.
Spring cleaning can leave us feeling lighter and happier by removing access clutter that weighs us down all winter. Spring cleaning can be a daunting task but it can be made easy with some cleaning and organizing tips.
Firstly, do not think of cleaning your home as whole, but break the work up by room. You might want to start with the rooms at the front of the house and then move to the back. Spend some time making a list of what needs to be done in each room. Give lists of chores to your family members so they can help too. You can also skip areas of the home that are frequently cleaned and focus on areas that have been neglected during the winter.
Have a hard time getting rid of things? Plan a yard sale as motivation to help you get rid of clutter. You get the satisfaction of de-cluttering your home while getting a little extra money in your pocket.
Spring cleaning does not have to take hours upon hours of your time. Work away at the chores and they will slowly but surely get done.
Or, you could simply take the advice of Phyllis Diller who said “if your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, "Who could have done this? We have no enemies."
Stacey Coombs is a membership services representative at the YMCA Association of Cumberland. At the Y appears bi-weekly in The Amherst News.