It’s spring cleaning season and you’ve no doubt been seeing lots of hints, tips and lists to help you get your house in tip-top condition. But what if you don’t need (or want) to spring clean? I’ve got you covered with this list of 10 Things to Do Instead of Spring Cleaning!
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10 Things to Do Instead of Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning was essential in the days of coal or wood burning furnaces, and when homes were lit by kerosene lamps. When spring arrived doors and windows were flung open, walls were washed, carpets hung on the line and beaten. But with modern vacuum cleaners and clean burning heating systems, this sort of intense, annual cleaning may not be strictly necessary anymore.
While there’s certainly something to be said for having every inch of one’s home sparkling clean at once, many of us do not have the time, energy or inclination to take on an old-fashioned, top-to-bottom household cleaning session. If you are in that category, here are some things you can do instead while your friends are scrubbing baseboards and cleaning windows.
1. Re-watch The Gilmore Girls
I watched the entire series back in 2016 and recently started it again. Choose an old favorite and watch every episode. Some possibilities include Downton Abbey, Mad Men, The Golden Girls, Sex and the City, Friends, Frasier, or Cheers.
2. Take a nap
If you are as chronically sleep-deprived as I am then this one’s for you. Don’t just nod off unintentionally while watching t.v. Instead, make it a truly luxurious experience. Slip into something comfortable, crawl between the sheets, turn on some soothing music or a guided meditation and enjoy a nice, long nap.
3. Drink a cup of tea on the porch or patio
A cup of tea is always a good idea and especially if you can enjoy it outdoors.
4. Go for a drive
The other day I took off by myself for a nice, long drive. The trees and grass are greening up so it was pretty but the wildflowers aren’t blooming yet. I’ll take another drive as soon as they are. I like to listen to an audiobook while driving. I’m currently enjoying the April LWD Book Club selection, The Enchanted April.
5. Give yourself a manicure
Or pedicure. Or facial.
6. Write a letter
Pull out a sheet or two of pretty stationary or a lovely card and write a nice, chatty letter to a friend. It’s such a treat to receive a letter so why not give that gift to a friend?
7. Make a new playlist
I love making playlists on Spotify and it’s a good way to spend a half hour or more. Way more fun than washing curtains.
8. Watch an episode or two of Hoarders
A sure way to feel better about the current state of your home.
9. Plan a trip
Anyone else miss travel? This is a great time to start planning a trip for the future. Or watch travel programs.
Reading is always a good option. If you are looking for a good read, be sure to check out the LWD Book Club selections.
But if you really want to spring clean…