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April 20, 2020
...Oh, ok. I guess it’s that time of year again.
We’ve all been there. You’re enjoying your morning coffee while indulging in some relaxing, mindless scrolling online to get yourself into gear for the start of your day. A suggestion for related articles on “Spring Cleaning Ideas” pops up in your newsfeed, and then suddenly there you are: Looking out the window to see that the sun is smiling on the colorful flowers outside and the birds are chirping… and you acknowledge that it’s Spring Cleaning Time again.
But the concept of rolling up our sleeves for hours, to hunch over the pungent fumes of cleaning chemicals to scrub the oven isn’t exactly the most exciting thought this very second.
During the lockdown, we’ve been confined to our houses... which in turn has amped up our required cleaning schedule. We’ve been disinfecting, tidying and cleaning non-stop to keep up with the new demands on our humble kitchens, home offices and living areas. Our homes have changed from what they once were- A relaxation space dedicated entirely to resting, recharging our batteries and entertaining company when we have friends and family over… And now they’ve become much, much more.
Depending on your current situation- Our homes have now evolved into our Quarantine Shelters, our Workspaces, our Think-Tanks for hatching innovative new business ideas. They might have become a Virtual Classroom and Lecture Hall, or a Homeschooling Center for those of us with younger kids. And for some of us who aren’t able to work from home, or who’ve found ourselves or our partners unable to go about even a “modified version” of our careers... We’re doing our best to make our homes a sanctuary of calm, to nurture our stressed-out nerves while we wait for the storm to pass and life to return to some semblance of normal.
Our homes are now multitasking in ways we never anticipated, as they’ve taken on their many different forms to support life as we know it right now. But whatever combination of these new roles your place has newly adopted... It’s still your safe space. Your oasis. Your landing pad. Mi casa... It’s home.
Having said that, you’ve got to be in a particularly energetic mood to feel much enthusiasm when it comes to Spring Cleaning. Let’s face it: IT FEELS LIKE ALL WE’VE BEEN DOING IS SPRING CLEANING.
So put down the Lysol wipes for just a second… Because we’ve been doing things a bit differently this year with our Spring Cleans.
Think of it as an overhaul- sweeping out a lot of the negative energy that’s been buzzing around in the world, and in its place welcoming a renewed, positive feeling. We’ve been transforming our spaces, both physically and mentally… So our homes have become an absolute delight to be in. Here’s how to sweep out the old and bring in the new: The Urbanbella Home way.
Nothing lifts our spirits quite like Mother Nature! Even if your windows don’t look over a picturesque garden or ocean vista, in urban environments it’s still easy to bring elements of the beautiful miracle of nature into your home:
Redecorating and bringing some little touches of joy and luxury to your daily life doesn’t have to cost the earth, and sometimes you don’t even have to buy anything new at all. Here’s some easy ways to enliven your most important sensory state: Feeling pampered.
A tidy space equals a tidy mind, and allows the creative and problem-solving centers in your brain to let thoughts flow freely. This doesn’t require an enormous cleaning effort long-term, but rather encourages some basic tidying-as-you-go principles.
We hope you love these easy, indulgent ways to bring some joy and simplicity into your homes this Spring… Share your hints and the ways you’ve created a sense of Spring renewal at your place in the comments below!
~Keneesha and the Urbanbella Team
May 28, 2020
If you’ve been thinking twice about plunging into the pool or ocean head-first, here’s the good news: No longer do you have to be the one sitting on the edge of the pool just dipping your feet in and threatening to splash anyone who gets your hair wet, while watching everyone else cooling off with careless abandon.
Listen up to these tips that will bring the joy of swimming back into your life… Even with natural hair. Knowing how to do it right will take your hair concerns out of the equation so you can be a bathing beauty, soaking up the pleasures of pool season all summer long!
May 27, 2020