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.
Cleaning and organization are Virgo’s natural forte, as they are intrinsic to who you are and how your mind works. But spring cleaning can become problematic if you allow yourself to get overly detailed or obsessive about it. The key for you is to learn to be satisfied with “good enough,” and to ask for help. Your natural tendency is to take all the work onto your own shoulders, but it’s far more practical to let your housemates or family members pitch in. Remember, though, that making it a team effort means biting your tongue when you feel the urge to criticize others’ methods. Yes, your way is probably the most practical, but you have your own tasks to attend to. To avoid the trap of micromanaging everyone around you, make a detailed list of specific tasks to be accomplished, and then delegate them out to everyone involved. Then set a strict rule for yourself: Commit to tackling your own projects while letting others complete theirs in peace. Once everyone has done their share of the work, you can all relax together and enjoy the fresh, clean space you’ve created.