Spring Cleaning

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Well hello, February.  You sort of snuck up on us.  And February means it's almost spring cleaning time...or if you're most other world-wide traditions, it's New Years's cleaning time.

Whether it’s Khāne-takānī in the Zoroastrian faith, removal of Chametz before Passover in the Jewish tradition, cleaning before Songkran in Thailand, cleaning the home before Chinese (lunar) New Year, or cleaning the altar on Maundy Thursday, 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.

  2. Walk around your home gathering any clothing laying about. Once you have it all together on your bed, sort into keep, donate, and not sure/keepsake piles. The keeps should be items that make you feel fabulous. Try to donate or have a clothing swap with the rest.

  3. Clean your windows. There’s nothing like clean windows to make a home feel fresh.

  4. Dust everything. Grab a Swiffer duster or some towels and a simple 50/50 vinegar and water spray. Get that dust out.

  5. Wipe down the bathroom sink and mirror.

  6. Recycle any magazines more than 2 months old.

  7. Compost any expired food.

The items listed above represent the bulk of the clutter and dirtiest spots in most of my client’s homes, and in mine when I started my minimalism journey. Share an “after” picture on Instagram and tag me, I’d love to see your progress!

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