Tuesday 12 April 2011

Spring Cleaning

The birds are starting to chirp, the grass is starting to show, and I saw my first bug of this spring season.  As I sit here in my sunbeam, I am POSITIVE that spring is finally here!

Spring is a great time to startover.  For me, it's like a second chance for any New Year's resolutions I have already failed.  New season, new resolutions right?

Every spring, people get in the spring cleaning mode to clear out everything they've hoarded all winter;  every spring, the garbage in my neighbourhood piles high in the alleyway, waiting for the garbage trucks to come and take it to the dump.  This year, however, there's a new spring tradition about to come about.  What will happen to all my....

Food stuffs:  Instead of cleaning out the fridge and doing a mass annihilation of overdue, rotten, overripe items, I'm beginning a compost.

Old Clothes:  Instead of throwing out holey socks or old t-shirts, they're going to get recycled into rags for dusting, cleaning, and other household chores. 

Surplus reading material:  Those pesky magazines and National Geographics that I've read (and inherited with the purchase of our home) but have no more use for us are either going to be recycled, or donated to a nearby school to be used as collage material for the kids.

And last but not least....

Junk:  the amount of the "junk"that we have accumulated in our three years of marriage is astonishing, if not embarrassing.  This is in part due to the acquisition of the house we bought, which essentially came fully furnished thanks to the elderly people who were the previous owners.  They left us the majority of their possessions to help us fill the place up, but now that we've had the chance to accrue some of our own belongings, the result is a full basement.  The best way to avoid having this stuff go to the dump?  Spring means yard sales in these parts, so we're going to have our first ever yard sale.  This will hopefully send off some of our belongings to new homes, while the remaining items we will donate to the local goodwill charity so that they get a second use for people who need them!  Just because you're done with an item doesn't mean that it's lifetime has eclipsed!  Spread the love by spreading the goods!


  1. These are some GREAT ideas, Amy!

    I look forward to your yard sale!!! :)


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