A little effort will make you feel a lot better.
From Marie Kondo to the Fab Five, everyone is talking about self-love in 2019. What little things can you do that might just drastically improve your life? At Lykens Companies, we know just how big a role the home plays in our well-being.
For us, a messy home means a messy mind, but when we put in the effort to make our living spaces tidy, we walk into the world with a renewed sense of peace and confidence.
In Columbus, it’s finally spring! Use spring cleaning as an opportunity to transform your Short North apartment or rental and make a needed change in your life.
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Here are 5 ways to make spring cleaning more effective.
1. Take stock!
Especially if you’re on the messy side, it can be overwhelming (at best) to approach spring cleaning. We always have more stuff to clean than we expected and getting started can be the worst part. It makes sense why that’s the case. A messy apartment actually triggers stress hormones in your brain chemistry, according to researchers. It’s the reason why leaving a mess where it is can seem so appealing, while taking 5 minutes to clean it up can be the most daunting task of your life.
Start spring cleaning by gathering up everything from a category and piling it together. Pile clothes with clothes, spatulas with spatulas, and so on. You won’t believe just how many duplicates you have that are crowding your life. Why not donate them?
Too many people try to lump all of spring cleaning into one day. Look, this isn’t Christmas. When you think about spring cleaning, really emphasize the “spring” part. Think of this as a season of cleaning up and reorganizing, not just a single day.
After you create your goals, stagger them. You’re much more likely to achieve every goal if you try and do one every Saturday instead of trying to do all of them on a single Saturday. It’s less overwhelming and you’ll increase your chances of turning cleanliness and organization into a healthy habit.
Little by little, staying tidy will become a lifestyle. You’ll be ahead of messiness instead of playing catch-up. Take notes of how these tiny changes are improving your enjoyment of your home to remind yourself why you’ve made the change.
3. Give everything a home
As you reorganize your apartment or rental, make sure that you’re mindfully putting things back where they should be. Instead of just tossing various odds and ends here and there, put things of similar sizes and usages with each other. That way, you won’t lose things you when you need them. Instead, everything will be organized and easy to find.
Plus, put things you use often in easy reach and things you don’t use as much in harder to reach places. If you aren’t using your food processor, don’t put it on the counter.
4. Don’t just reorganize
Lykens Companies wrote a blog on why less is more, pushing for a simple-living movement. Most of us have more than we need—more clothes, more kitchen supplies, more books. You name it! If you’re like me, your tendency is to horde what you have.
When people adopt a lifestyle of less, they quickly see that they don’t need that much in order to feel happy. What could you do with extra items? We suggest donating them!
When we actively give things away, we realize that we don’t need that much and tend to horde less, but we also help those in need. Helping people while making your home tidier? Win-Win.
5. Never work alone
We often decide for ourselves that cleaning has to be a sacrifice. “No, I can’t go out with my friends because I have to clean,” we tell ourselves. Why does it have to be that way? Why can’t we have people come over and help us? Make a party of cleaning and ask your friends to help you have fun while you try and make a healthy lifestyle change. Trust us, they’ll be more than happy to support you.
Blast music, get to work, and always buy everyone pizza afterwards.
Get started now
We covered the best way to get started on spring cleaning: make your goals. Wherever you are, make 5 goals that you can complete within a month. Spring cleaning can be fun and refreshing. Why wait to get started?
Now, a bit about Lykens Companies…
With 20 years (and counting) of experience, we believe that Lykens Companies is just getting started on its mission to offer Columbus hundreds of premier apartments, rentals, and renovations. Each day, we are driving toward constantly expanding and improving our business and bettering Columbus, the city we love. For our renters, that means that they are connected to a proven business that is always striving to be the best. Our success isn’t an accident. We are constantly striving to improve our quality, both in the buildings that we renovate, reimagine, and rent out; moreover, we are striving to improve in the way that our business operates. For you, that means the best units and the best service in the best locations.
As we invest our time, money, and energy into the Short North, Victorian Village, Italian Village, and other parts of Columbus’s urban core, it’s nothing short of amazing to step back and see how much we’re able to impact our city, whether that looks like renovating apartments, houses, or even factories like the Wonder Bread Lofts and the forthcoming Budd Dairy project: a full scale reimagining of an old dairy factory into a Cameron Mitchell food hall and state-of-the-art coworking space.
If you’re looking to rent in Columbus, Ohio’s urban core, you’ve come to the right place. We’re confident that it doesn’t get better than us when it comes to finding the absolute best apartments and rentals in Columbus.
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Whether you’re looking for an apartment in the Short North, a rental in Victorian Village, a studio in Italian Village, or a loft in Wonder Bread, our Available Rentalspage will feature all that (and more). We’re constantly adding our newest properties and highlighting that month’s leasing specials. Bookmark it and check often! What if you took two minutes to browse it right now? And don’t forget about our awesome Instagram for updates, new leases, and beautiful photos.
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