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Spring Cleaning: Not Just For Closets


Winter is now officially gone. To me, spring signals the beginning of the summer season! Traditionally, spring means the renewal of nature: flowers start to bloom, trees sprout new shiny green leaves, the birds start to sing again, etc . . . Regardless of where you live, we all look forward to some kind of “renewal” right about now. I’d like to suggest some “spring cleaning” ideas that have nothing to do with closets—so put your brooms down.

Get out of the house and enjoy nature, then bring nature into your home environment. Attach flower boxes outside your windows so that you can enjoy the flowers both from inside and out, as well as their fragrance when you open the windows.

Parents, have you thought about “spring cleaning” your kids? No, don’t put them out, but get them hyped now for summer camp or other activities—where they can have their own sense of renewal. Whether it’s a day camp, overnight or sleep-away; this is not only an opportunity to give them breathing space away from you, but to also treat yourself to a break. You could also inspire their social consciousness by working with them to select a non-profit camp for children with special needs (i.e. foster children, and children with debilitating illnesses), and ask your children to contribute a portion of their allowance to help others have a wonderful summer experience.

Give yourself a spiritual lift by doing something to enhance your life and “spring clean” your “I would do it, but I don’t have time” wish list. Purge that list by doing whatever it is that you keep putting off: finishing school, taking a trip or learning something new.

Of course , there isn’t a one-size-fits-all way for everyone to renew themselves through “spring cleaning”. But there is a way that fits you—find it by dusting off the cobwebs of your daily routine and really look at what will rejuvenate you . . . then after you’ve identified what that “thing” is, to quote a famous slogan: “Just do it.”  Think about it.

 

 

 

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