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 selfless, emotional Pisces, a task like spring cleaning can be overwhelming. While you love the feeling you get from a clean and well-organized home, making that vision a reality is rather daunting, especially if you live with extra clutter and mess from pets, children or houseplants. While hiring a cleaning service may seem like an outrageous splurge, it may be the best way for you to get the job done while staying emotionally balanced. It’s only once a year, after all; if outsourcing the job spares you from feeling cowed and hopeless — and gives you that cheerful boost of optimism that comes from a shiny, refreshed home — it’s worth the cost. If outsourcing isn’t an option, you can also share the cleaning burden with family members or friends. Think about it: You help them in many ways on a regular basis. They can help you with one afternoon of hard work. Ask a practical, organized friend to make a list of specific cleaning tasks, such as wiping down baseboards, dusting ceiling fan blades or washing couch cushions, and ask them to issue you tasks one by one. That way, you’ll stay focused as you accomplish your goals.