It’s spring! The air is warmer, tiny buds are beginning to unfurl on bare tree branches, green shoots are poking up through the cold earth, and the world is filled with a fresh sense of renewal. It’s no wonder that, as the landscape changes around us, becoming more vibrant, lush and beautiful after the monochromatic tones of winter, we’re filled with a corresponding urge to update our living spaces. Spring cleaning is universal: It’s all about clearing the clutter from our homes and doing a top-to-bottom deep-clean, scouring all the nooks and crannies we’ve overlooked all winter long. And there is a definite link between our physical surroundings and our inner emotions; setting our homes to rights makes us feel more focused, confident and optimistic. But the actual process of cleaning is far more individual, based on the particulars of your Sun sign. What’s your cleaning style? How can you maximize your natural strengths from the Zodiac and avoid the pitfalls common to your sign? Read on to find out.
For Cancer, who is both deeply emotional and a homebody by nature, cleaning and organizing your living space each spring simply makes you feel better. For you more than most, there isn’t much separation between your home life and your emotional life. When your house or apartment is clean, open, airy and comfortable, you feel brighter from the inside out, more optimistic and energetic, and better able to meet the other demands of your day. But when an entire winter’s worth of clutter and dust has accumulated, the idea of spring cleaning could seem utterly overwhelming. If so, you simply need to get started. You’ll find that you gather steam as you go along. Better yet, use your natural leadership skills to enlist help from roommates, family members or a few good friends. You can even turn a weekend spring cleaning session into a fun group event, with a prize waiting at the end — perhaps hot pizza or Chinese takeout for everyone to enjoy once the bulk of the work has been completed.