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The Healthy Lawyer’s Guide to Spring Cleaning
March 26, 2020

With so much uncertainty going on in the world right now, many large companies and amusement parks are exploring remote options or in some cases, closing temporarily. This may seem odd to be sending a blog regarding Spring Cleaning, but for those of us who will be spending more time at home and practicing social distancing, now is the perfect time to be productive with our own personal spaces. In addition to maintaining a clean environment inside your home, I also encourage you to use this time to tend to your landscapes. I have also seen one study that indicates that sun and outdoor fresh air are actually effective and helpful against viruses and could help with COVID-19. As you know, I am very passionate about working in my yard and so I thought it timely to provide some ideas for those spending more time at home.

Below are several tips that may help you feel less overwhelmed about spring cleaning.

  1. Tackle one task at a time – Perhaps there are numerous items on your list that you would like complete during this season. However, it is important to prioritize everything and complete one thing at a time. Doing so, will allow you to give your full attention to the specific task at hand. Trying to take on too many projects at once may actually lead to feeling distracted and cause you to lose focus.
  2. Capture before and after photos to keep track of your progress – Sometimes when we are in a rush to clean or remodel a space, we forget to take before and after photos. Skipping this step may make it hard to recognize subtle changes and/or improvements that were made. If you are beginning a large, more time-consuming project, be sure to take photos at the end of each day in order to have clear evidence of your development. Before and after photos are the best way to show the level of transformation that has occurred. For your viewing pleasure, I have included some before and after photos of my spring cleaning.

3. Get your family involved – Since we are currently being advised to avoid public spaces and hunker down with our loved ones as much as possible, now is a great time to encourage teamwork. After all, with more hands on deck, we are able to get things done much more quickly and efficiently. Plus, anything we can do as a family creates memories that last a lifetime. For those of you who may find it difficult to motivate family participation to these outdoor activities, you can still find it therapeutic to spend time outside and to see the fruits of your labors.
4. Set timely and realistic goals – I’m sure many of us have started a cleaning/home improvement task that has been pushed aside in favor of other priorities. Our daily lives can sometimes become so busy that we forget about these tasks. By setting timely and realistic goals, we can accomplish our to do lists with ease. And of course, maybe the window of opportunity to start and finish some of the those projects you have wanted to get to.

Do you have any spring cleaning tips that you would like to share? If so, please send them my way in an email.

Overall, it is important to practice good hygiene methods and use common sense during this time. Stay hydrated, eat well and get plenty of sleep. Listen to your body. Don’t forget to be mindful of others and considerate of those who are the most vulnerable.

Thanks for reading!

Thomas D. Marks, Esquire