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Now That Spring Has Sprung

By Ann Ruckdaschel

Ah, Spring has sprung!  Hard to believe after the brutal winter, the temperatures are starting to creep upwards!  Time to open the windows, air out the house, and sweep all the sand out of the garage (there’s enough there to start a neighborhood sandbox)!

Yes, spring cleaning!  Some people look forward to it, others dread it.  I for one, look forward to it.  First of all, it’s the only time I do the really deep cleaning in my house, and second, there’s something about purging things that gets my adrenaline pumping.  I will be the first to admit that it all seems overwhelming at first, but once you get started it seems easier to say, “I don’t need this, or I never use that.” 

I was watching a show on Netflix the other day titled, “Tidying Up.”  There are 5 or 6 steps the host Marie Kondo has to organizing one’s house.  The one that stood out to me was how to organize your clothes.  For me, this was the easiest place to start so as not to feel too overwhelmed.  She said to put all your clothes on your bed and go through each one individually to determine whether or not it brings you joy.  If it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it.  While this is good in theory, I must say none of my clothes truly bring me joy, and I’m not about to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe!  So, I did the next best thing. If I couldn’t remember the last time I wore an item, in a pile it went to be donated or thrown away.

In my opinion, the key to successful organizing, de-cluttering is to do it in stages.  Start with a small area, like a closet and work your way up to the bigger areas.  That way you will feel a sense of accomplishment.  Now I’ll be completely honest, and tell you there were some items I just couldn’t decide on which way to go.  After all, those tshirts that are 20 plus years old (we’ve all got them) are nice and soft now.  Those I will tackle another day. 

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