Spring cleaning can be a pain in the butt – so here are a few tips to help make it more manageable. When the grass needs raking, be sure to alternate holding the rake on the right and left to avoid overloading the muscles on one side. When bending over to bag the grass, make sure you are bending from the hips (hip-hinge) rather than curling the lower back. If you need to work from the ground for a while, it is a better idea to kneel with kneepads or squat. If you start to feel your back muscles tightening, stop what you are doing and take a break.