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April 20, 2010 by  
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“The Spring Cleaning Ritual

by Bill Gillespie

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, but our house, yard, and brain still feel like they’re stuck with the winter blues. It is time for the physical and mental act of redemption – “the Spring Cleaning Ritual.” There is just something extra wonderful about spring and springing forward! It is a time to put away the winter wear, clear clutter, get organized, and prepare for summer. It is also a great time for introspection, which includes clearing the mental slate, turning the page of life, starting anew; all based on forgiving, forgetting, reconciling, and establishing new goals and habits.
Spring cleaning is an old tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and yards, and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. Spring cleaning not so long ago, involved a complete top to bottom cleaning of every square inch of a home. To complete the process, families would often spend days and nights removing, cleaning, and replacing everything in the home to create that spring-fresh feeling. Today’s spring cleaning may not be as involved, but there are a few tasks that need to be performed seasonally in your home for the proper organization and maintenance.

Here are a few simple, but critical chores that need to be done this spring:

  1. Store your seasonal clothing. Put away your sweaters, coats, and other cold weather and seasonal items in proper storage containers. Ensure that they are clean and stored properly so they are in good shape for next winter.
  2. Check the appliances. Clean the refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, disposal, washer, dryer, and dryer vent. Service the HVAC system.
  3. Clear the clutter This is perfect time to remove clutter, trash and excess. Don’t forge the yard, garage, closet and attics. Decide what should be kept, sold, given away, donated, recycled, or trashed. Make sure to organize your tools and sports equipment.
  4. Patios and Outdoor Areas. Clean the exterior of you home, the patio, outdoor furniture and lawn. Do some basic landscaping repairs on the trees, lawn and shrubbery. Inspect your yard areas for required routine maintenance, and pest prevention. For a few — remove unused junk from the lawn, and think about getting rid of the old boat, trailer, or car that you haven’t used in a decade.
  5. Cleaning the interior of home. It is time to inspect and clean the window treatments, mattress, bedding, furniture, and carpets. You can the then figure out what needs to be repaired, professionally cleaned, repainted, or replaced.
  6. Establish some personal spring and summer goals. Perhaps you can relook at your New Year resolutions, or make a personal improvement “to do” list. I always add some self improvement books, and start some good summer habits. It is always good to keep challenging yourself.

Even though these chores only need to be done once or twice a year, they’ll make your house look and feel better. For me, checklists always help with planning and executing. You’ll have to plan a trip to the store to get the right supplies. Lastly, try getting the entire family involved to establish the tradition. I wish you well and an uncluttered house and mind!

Bill

Contact Bill at william.gillespie@us.army.mil

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