Spring is fundamentally a time of renewal, rebirth, and growth. In the Northern Hemisphere, the warming weather and longer days can lead to a sense of hope and inspiration, and the blooming colors, sound of birds chirping, and fresh air can help lift our spirits and stir our creativity. It’s also the perfect time to do a deep clean of our surroundings — yes, the famous spring clean, a tradition that dates back centuries in several cultures around the world.
Although the process of scrubbing and decluttering can be daunting and time-consuming, it can also be incredibly satisfying. Not only does an orderly space bring about a sense of calm, but getting rid of dust and dirt — not to mention all the moving around we do to get it done — is great for our physical health, too.
Ultimately, a good spring clean is just the refresh we need after a long winter. As those windows start to get opened up wide at home, here are 10 quotes to help get us motivated for some spring cleaning.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris, designer
Nothing ever seems impossible in spring, you know.Lucy Maud Montgomery
Spring cleaning allows us to have a season of growth and new beginnings.Gregory Dupriest, author
What I know for sure is that when you declutter — whether it’s in your home, your head, or your heart — it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life, and your family.Peter Walsh, author and professional organizer
Spring is the time of plans and projects.Leo Tolstoy
Outer order contributes to inner calm.Gretchen Rubin, author
The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.Harriet Jacobs, author
Your home is living space, not storage space.Francine Jay, author
The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.Marie Kondo
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”Robin Williams
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