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(February 22, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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As soon as I can catch even a whiff of spring in the air, Iím ready for spring cleaning. Before you think Iím totally nuts, Iíll tell you that I donít do much of the scrubbing and window washing kind of spring cleaning. My spring cleaning has a lot to do with me, my belongings and my personality.

Clean Up My Belongings

Iím of the mind that I most likely own too many things at a given time. Iíd love to be one of those people who lives nicely with only the essentials, but Iím not. I tend to collect things I find on sale or that I plan on wearing someday. But when spring comes around, itís time to clear out the clutter.

I always start with my closet. Whatever Iíve outgrown (either physically or emotionally), donít like, or havenít worn goes into a pile. I pull out anything stained or worn out, too. It can be tough, but I try to be firm with myself and really clear out the stuff I donít need. I also go through my shoes since I tend to buy them on sale and never actually get around to wearing them. I could sell all of my old clothes in a garage sale, but usually Iíll let my best friends poke through them then take whatís left to a charity. Iím not wearing them, but someone else might need them.

Then, once the closet is clear, I turn to the rest of my stuff. I go through my drawers and get them organized. All my old notes, letters, drawings and the like go in a special box I have for this very reason. Mementos can go into the same box, but things that just sit around with no purpose often go into the trash. Old notebooks and papers from school get trashed since Iíve never actually gone back to study or use them the way I thought I would. I also check the hiding places like under my bed and in the back of my drawers to see if there is anything good back there. At the end of the clean-up, I have a neat room with space for new stuff and at least a few big bags ready for donation.

Clean Up My Spirit

For some reason, I tend to feel heavy at the end of the winter. I donít mean I gained weight, although itís possible, I mean my spirit feels heavy. I like to take the first days of spring to help lighten my spirit. Cleaning out my room and closet definitely help. Taking the items somewhere they will be appreciated is another big boost. But I look for other things to help cleanse the spirit and make me refreshed and ready for spring and summer.

Warmer weather means itís easy and more pleasant to spend time outside. A bit of exercise makes me feel good and helps deal with the few extra pounds left from Christmas cookies. I also like to bring a blanket outside or open my windows and lie on my bed breathing fresh spring air.

While Iím totally relaxed and feeling good about life in general, I think about all the things in my life that might be weighing me down. Do I need to make amends with anyone or make a new commitment to an area of my life? I lie there as long as I need to, and sometimes I journal, until my head is clear, my spirit is refreshed and I know what direction Iím facing for the rest of spring. Then I go shopping Ė thereís space in my closet that needs to be filled!


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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: February 29, 2008
btw... evreyone go onto www.chocolatecookies3.piczo.com.... and check out kiana and lauras advice page. read all the comments. im sure you'll find it very interesting.
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: February 27, 2008
good article. i hate spring cleaning. but the type you talk about sounds fun!
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: February 25, 2008
i NEVER spring clean i truly find it USELESS im clean with my room!
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CinnamonDragon

19/Female
Madagascar
Posted On: February 24, 2008
I think when spring rolls around, I'll take everything outta my room like I did last year, and clean everything. I tend to clean my room a lot. I hate when something is out of place in my room. (Or anywhere!)

I don't know what it is about un-organization ( um..?) that bugs me, but it does. And good idea about the clothes too.
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taiNted_creati

24/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 24, 2008
Lol actually in the UK we have spring cleaning as well ^_^

I hate doing it but its got to be done sometime i guess.

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denim_girl_101

36/Female
Cleveland, GA
Posted On: February 23, 2008
I already started spring cleaning.
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 23, 2008
Thanx

-Kayley,x
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Izzy_zy_Rocker

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: February 23, 2008
I'm all about the wardrobe cleaning, as a matter of fact, I'm going over to the capital for some seriosu shopping this tueseday.

But my mom won't let me go before I clean up my incalculable dark pit of chaos, more commonly known as my bedroom. =/
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kitkat02

24/Female
Posted On: February 23, 2008
Spring cleaning is just a term for a massive re-organization of everything...I'm not sure of its exact history, but it most likely became popular in the colonial times. People always took their yearly or semi-yearly bath in the spring because it was easier (eeww, i know, only a few baths a year..BLEGH!) to haul water etc...it was probably easier then to scrub down the house, too..to go out shopping for new clothes or make new clothes. I think that's where it came from, superhero 1.

We tidy up regularly as well, but spring cleaning is like, the BIG thing where we reorganize everything. I think It's more reorganizing than it is cleaning.

Hope that helps!

Kat
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: February 23, 2008
i like to clean up mind first, as in SPA TREATMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I like shopping for new clothes to replace the old stuff too.
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 23, 2008
Very Good Ways To Tidy Up.

1st To Comment Yay!

Btw, What is Spring Cleaning? In The UK We Just Tidy Up Regularly Not In The Springs

-Kayley,x
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