The sun may be shining and the days may still be warm right now, but don’t be fooled, summer is on its way out. And winter is waiting for us just around the corner. While some people might be looking forward to curling up under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate, others are dreading the cold weather and dark skies.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is something a lot of people suffer from. Their mood gets low and they lack energy during winter. The months between autumn and spring can be particularly awful for some. But if you know what the coming season is going to bring with it, there are ways to prepare. One thing you can do before the bad weather hits is declutter your home. It may seem silly, but cleaning out your house can be quite therapeutic.
Out with the old
Throw out the junk. You don’t need it. If you no longer use something, chuck it. Don’t keep things you don’t use, even if you “kind of like it”. Only keep things that aren’t functional if you absolutely love them. Be brutal when clearing out your garage or storeroom. This is not the time to get sentimental. It may be hard to part with certain items, but you’ll feel so much better when you do. Face it, you’re never going to fix up that old vacuum so there’s no point in keeping it.
Clean like you’ve never cleaned before
Once you’ve thrown out all the junk you should go through the house room by room and clean every inch of it. Remove all the furniture and appliances, and scrub everything from the floors to the ceiling. And, of course, remember to thoroughly clean the windows. This isn’t your average spring clean, there shouldn’t be a spec of dirt anywhere in your home.
Organise what’s left
Whatever is left in your house should be sorted out and organised. Get rid of the clutter and make sure there’s a specific place for everything you own. Put the bicycle parts in the garage and the books on the bookshelf in the lounge. For the next few months make a conscious effort to return everything to its place as soon as you’re done using it.
Winter is hard for many people and you’re not alone. Try to prepare in the best way possible and make the best of the upcoming rainy season.