Spring cleaning can lead to guilt-free retail therapy

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As dreams of warmer weather begin to creep closer, one of the first thoughts that come to mind is, “When can I start spring cleaning?” What? You say that’s not your first thought? Multiple studies have found that it should be!

If we start the tradition of spring cleaning earlier in the year, then we are able to get the old stuff out of your house sooner. Which also means we can get new things into the home quicker!

Although spring cleaning can be a dreaded task and a little bit stressful, the wonderful world of Pinterest offers many great tips and tricks to help you get it done in a blink of an eye. On first impression some of the cleaning challenges may sound terrifying, however after some careful thought and planning, these tasks can become much more manageable.

One organizational tip suggests starting with cleaning the items that are in practically every room of the house, like the baseboards and light fixtures. You then move to thoroughly cleaning a specific room, such as your bedroom, which usually takes the longest. Then move on to common areas, such as the kitchen and living room.

According to Reader’s Digest using lemon-scented cleaning products relax your senses and help you de-stress faster.

In a study conducted by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, individuals who are stressed about their homes, usually have cluttered and unfinished projects lurking around. On the contrary, those who described their homes as relaxing show lower levels of anxiety throughout the day.

An added benefit to spring cleaning is the retail therapy that can accompany it. In an effort to buy local, first check out community calendars and see what local businesses you can support!

Donating to or purchasing from a non-profit organization with a retail establishment such as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore supports a worthwhile cause that improves the community you live in. Material donations are collected free of charge, call (717) 480-5083. Tax receipt provided.