Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Whether it’s Khāne-takānī in the Zoroastrian faith, removal of Chametz before Passover in the Jewish tradition, cleaning before Songkran in Thailand, or cleaning the home before Chinese (lunar) New Year, as well as cleaning the altar on Maundy Thursday in several Orthodox Catholic traditions, many faiths and cultures participate in some manner of New Year or spring cleaning.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the clutter in your home and jonesing to do a bit of spring cleaning, start with these 7 steps:

  1. Gather together any loose paper laying around the house. Often our mail piles in numerous places and half the battle is just getting it all together to sort it. Once you have it, spend an hour (or 4 depending on the volume) sorting it into shred, recycle and file piles. Then…do that. Shred it, recycle it or file it.

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Closet Audit with Paul of Urbanite | Suburbanite

Closet Audit with Paul of Urbanite | Suburbanite

I had the absolute pleasure of having a closet audit performed by Paul of Urbanite | Suburbanite. We spent 2 hours going through all of my clothes and figuring out what was working and what wasn't.  I knew he was golden when, after asking who my style icon was (Kate Middleton!!!), he looked around the room and said "Yeah, you need to let that go. You're way edgier and those Kate Middleton pieces look like a costume".  Truth.  

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Simplified 365: The Office - Day 30: Schoolwork & Artwork

Simplified 365: The Office - Day 30: Schoolwork & Artwork

If you have kids at home, their schoolwork and artwork invariably get mixed up in your own paperwork.  Or at least that’s what I’ve noticed in clients’ homes.  My tip for both is to have one large, 66qt or so bin, each for schoolwork and artwork.  As the year progresses, put your favorites into each bin.  As it gets full, dump it out, remove some of the now less precious papers that were put into the bin earlier in the year and repeat as it gets full again.  Ideally you’ll only have a box or two of each to give your child when they graduate high school.  No one needs the complete, unedited works unless your school teacher has specifically asked you to save them. 

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