Originally Published: March 26, 2018 6:02 a.m.
Spring has arrived!
It’s not the weather, the calendar, the cooing doves, appearance of humming birds or flowers in bloom that tell me the season; it’s the beating of rugs, washing of windows, cleaning of pot shelves and organizing of closets.
Yes, dear readers, tis the season of “spring cleaning,” which is not to be confused with spring break. In other words, all manner of hard work and organizing have turned my little abode upside down.
My mother taught me that if you don’t do a proper “spring cleaning,” it’s a sin. This crime of neglect is punishable with the constant worry of bedding that is teaming with dust-mites, dust-balls the size of tennis balls collecting in all obscure places and any number of bad, dirty things that can take over your happy home.
Take those comforters to the cleaners! Wash those windows and curtains! Overcome the disorganized mess in your closet and start letting go of the clothes that you no longer wear. Are we having fun yet?
Psychologists claim that the real truth about a person’s character can be found by looking through the closet. Forget DNA or fingerprints, the true you is just inside your closet door! Evidently, over seventy percent of Americans keep clothes that don’t fit (representing who we used to be), plus clothes that we never wear but would like to (reflecting who we want to become).
My 95-year-old mother keeps two evening gowns in her closet, a reminder of the times she went ballroom dancing with dad. My girlfriend keeps a brand new jogging suit hung in plastic, just in case she ever starts exercising. (Won’t happen).
Organizing a closet is an adventure! As I found out, giving things away feels a whole lot better than keeping “stuff” around. Of course, I did notice it is easier to “organize” and donate my husband Doug’s clothes than mine. But being “ruthless” in the closet is only the beginning of spring cleaning. There is also the pantry, office, barn and of course, the “big mess” of a garage.
Doug, if you are reading this, stop right now, because what I am about to say is harsh. The garage is a disaster! We need a dumpster!
Doug hasn’t yet noticed that his favorite (worn thin) denim shirt is missing. He had a few ties with bright geometric designs that had to go, and I’ve completely organized his clothes to the point where I am afraid he’ll never find anything.
Oh, but there are other mountains to climb, such as a desk and file cabinets to sort through and a yard full of bushes to trim.
Yes, spring has arrived, so get out the vacuum, boxes, garbage bags and cleaning supplies. Oh and don’t forget the hedge shears.
While you are at it, take the true personality test and see what’s in your closet. Hmmm . . . let me know what you find.
Oh, and if anyone wants a white cowboy hat with peacock feathers, give me a quick call. It’s simply amazing what treasures (weird things) our hiding in our closets.
Happy spring cleaning!
Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local Realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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