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.
Chatty, intellectual Gemini is more likely to talk about how much you need to clean, or plan it out in your head in grand detail, than to actually do it. To turn all that well-intentioned forethought into productive action, make spring cleaning a social event. Set a date, and ask a few good friends to come over and help you get going — and keep going until the job is done. Play some lively, fast-paced music that will get everybody moving. Make a list of specific tasks that need to be completed so you can cross them off as you go; doing this will give you a sense of accomplishment that will make you want to move on to the next item on the list. And be sure to arrange the items on your list in order of importance, with most crucial tasks first. That way, if you lose interest in the project halfway through and abandon it for something more fun, at least you’ll know you’ve tackled the most pressing problem areas.