The weather outside is changing, especially for most of us in climates that get cold weather. The change of seasons always means change for our habits as well, and one thing that usually springs up around this time of year is Spring Cleaning.
What do you know about Spring Cleaning other than it’s a common US expression? Here is a fun fact.
During the 19th century in America, prior to the advent of the vacuum cleaner, March was often the best time for dusting because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors (but not warm enough for insects to be a problem), and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house. For the same reason, modern rural households often use the month of March for cleaning projects involving the use of chemical products which generate fumes.
At my house, Spring Cleaning is usually reserved for closet cleaning. We try to go through each room of our house and get rid of any excess we have no use for. Of course, there are always tons of things that we have a hard time justifying holding onto. Plus I’m betting you’ll uncover some items you thought you’d lost long ago. (I found a Blu-Ray that my wife swore was lost forever and had already replaced last weekend.)
Of course, once you set all of that unwanted stuff aside, remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Here are the most common ways to get your new Spring Cleaning stuff out of your way.
1) Ebay / Craigslist: It’s true, some of your junk is actually valuable, so why not sell it on Ebay or Craigslist, you never know, you might be able to help fund your next vacation with some of that cash.
2) Garage Sale: Don’t let it sit for too long, but it never hurts to start a ‘Garage Sale’ pile of stuff that you can unleash to your neighborhood all at once. More cash for the vacation jar.
3) Give stuff away to friends / family: Sometimes there is plenty of use in our old stuff, but we have a newer version or no longer have a personal need for the item. Of course, giving these items to friends and family should be high on the list. It will clean up your space and help you look generous at the same time.
4) Goodwill / other charities: On that same generous note, your local Goodwill or similar charity can always use the things your family has outgrown. That old playpen you never use will come in handy for another family, even if you don’t know them.
5) Trash it: Sadly, a second life just isn’t in the cards for some of your junk, so don’t hold onto it and toe the line between normal person and hoarder, toss it in the trash.
Is Spring Cleaning a tradition in your house?