The Anxious Person’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

“I’ll take a cherry, a lemon, and a soft pretzel.” 

Growing up in South Jersey, the first day of spring meant free water ice at Rita’s

Now, a 30-something dad in Texas, the first day of spring meant cleaning, recycling, and finding that matching sock.

I don’t know about you, but I get all in my head when the prospect of simply washing dishes arises.

Some people can just knock ’em out. But, I’m like “what if there’s something that’s too hard to clean?” or “what if this takes forever to do!”. So, when I planned to work with my wife to do some batch cleaning (aka cleaning a whole bunch of stuff in a short amount of time), I had to do some deep breathing and reframing to get it all done. 

Honestly, I don’t function well when things are difficult to find, and when the junk drawer becomes every drawer.

Is the same true for you? 

I mean, what’s your place looking like? McDonalds wrappers in the backseat bad? Or like, windows and surfaces looking dusty bad? No judgement. 

If you’re overwhelmed about tackling overdue projects, think: “How would I feel if one space in my home was tidy?”

If you’d feel better, go ahead and create your piles and get the job done. My piles have been:

  • to keep
  • to organize later
  • to recycle
  • and, to toss

What’s helped is getting in the zone and being realistic. Put on some music. Plan to stop at the 10-minute mark. And then get back to it. 

We underestimate how an inbox with 4,000+ unread messages, a glove compartment full of receipts and candy wrappers, or a cluttered workspace can impact us.

Yeah, some aren’t phased by this. But, if you’re my overthinking, “I have no idea of where to start” kind of person, then let this be your invitation to prioritizing clearing out what doesn’t serve you this week. 

Header photo by Jan Kopřiva on Unsplash

About Sinclair P Ceasar III

Sinclair Ceasar is a Christian mental health speaker and writer.

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