Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson proclaimed, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” As gardens begin to blossom and our kids’ school years creep closer to an end, the spring season is a great time for a refreshing cleanse. By taking part in spring cleaning, removing unwanted clutter, and finding ways to work as a family, we can make sure spring is having a positive impact on our lives and those around us.

Spring cleaning
In a survey conducted by the American Cleaning Institute, 76 percent of respondents indicated they spring clean every year. More than getting out a vacuum and moving bundles of clutter from the kitchen counter into the back of a closet, we’re talking about a deep and thorough process of removing dust and allergens from our homes. Open windows and use your favorite scented cleaners to give the place a skin-deep cleansing. 

Out with the old
After cleaning all of your rooms, you should have a sizable stack of unwanted possessions. Before throwing them out, consider donating the clean and usable items to your local thrift store or church. After the COVID-19 crisis ends, you could even organize a garage sale with your neighbors to get a piece of the $4.2 million Americans spend every week at garage sales.

A family affair
There is a funny saying that states, “Cleaning with children in the house really is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.” While that may be true, spring cleaning is the perfect activity for families to chip in and do together. Provide little ones with age-appropriate tasks so they feel like they’ve made valuable contributions to the process. While the results may be less-than-perfect, it will provide children with self-esteem and good habits.

Every year, the spring season welcomes new life and exciting opportunities. By participating in spring cleaning, removing unwanted belongings, and working together, you and your family can make springtime a rejuvenating time of your lives.