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March 25, 2014

Spring cleaning for dummies

It is now the most anticipated of seasons — spring.

I know everyone’s been dreaming about how magical it would be. But sadly, we didn’t all wake up on March 20 to green grass, blooming flowers and frolicking bluebirds and bunnies. That’s not how it works.

There’s snow in the forecast. Believe it or not, I’m kind of OKwith that.

I know most people have been looking forward to spring this year, but I have to admit that spring always falls on me like my heavy winter coat: it may be warm, but it’s also a huge burden. Why? Because the clutter, dust and cob webs are waiting to be cleared out. It’s (cue evil, sadistic music), spring cleaning time.

Last year I had a great plan to attack my spring cleaning. I actually took a week off work to get the entire job done.

I like to move into my spring cleaning mode slowly; you know, just kind of edge into it. So I started by doing research. This was easy to accomplish during the spring because every magazine has a story high-lighted on the cover like, “How to Clean Your Home from Top to Bottom in 2 Hours,” “The 12-Step Program to De-Cluttering” and “Organize Your Way to Good Sex.”

That last one was from Cosmo, of course. I don’t write them. I just report them.

Then I dug out all my organization books. I found 1-2-3 to Clutter Free in a tote under the bed that was full of blankets I never use. De-cluttering the Feng Shui Way was about six books down in a stack in the family room that was so high, I actually used it as an end table.

Loaded down with my reading material (not the Cosmo; I would never), I cleared the stacks of unopened mail off the kitchen table, grabbed a pad and pencil and got to work.

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