Spring = Cleaning

Spring is just around the corner, although today it appears to be hiding and taking its own sweet time about getting here. As I gaze out on yet another snowy day, I can’t wait!
What is it about spring that calls for a feverish need to clean up, clean out, and generally spruce up yourself and everything your path? My thought is that as spring arrives and we can stop wearing bulky coats and sweaters with gloves, hats, and scarves, we just enjoy lightening our load. All that is really a lot to lug around just to go outside. Picture spring as light, airy, warm, fresh smelling. Puts a smile on your face, doesn’t it?

Open those windows and118-GettyImages_78321143-SFW
let the spring air flow through. Thankfully, turn the furnace off and give the heating bill a break for a while.
It’s this time of year that I remember clothes hanging on the line and smelling so good when you fold them away. I strip off the sheets, air out the mattresses and turn them. At least we don’t go out and beat rugs on the line – I’m quite sure I can skip that ritual.
Spring-cleaning can take on a life of its own. Maybe it’s an outgrowth of putting away Christmas things (if you haven’t yet, now would be a good time!). Cleaning out garages, things that clutter up and pile up and seem to have their own growth spurt can go. But leave my craft closets alone. I may re-organize my craft supplies, but the likelihood of my throwing any of it away is pretty much zero. There’s always a need for that scrap of cardboard or bit of yarn. You crafters understand, I know!

I love the spring flowers that pop up here and there. Crocus and daffodils just signal the start of warmer days. I remember as a child a house above my grandparents’ home that had a field full of daffodils; it was magnificent. If you have a green thumb, you can enjoy planting a bed of color to enjoy. Myself, I enjoy other people’s gardens. My talent for flowers is more the silk type unfortunately. The phrase “plants come here to die” comes to mind.

Unlike New Year’s Resolutions, which are generally forgotten, broken and discarded by now, spring calls for action. Get out and do something. Break out the grills and drive your neighbors hungry with the smell of burgers drifting on the breeze. Visit local parks and spend the day outside before the summer heat arrives. A blanket on the ground, a packed lunch, kids, dogs and Frisbees – now that’s a fun, relaxing day to enjoy and a great memory to make.

Open the front door to let the sun and breeze in and escape the closed off feeling of winter. Reconnect with neighbors and friends. It’s just easier to manage in the spring. Daylight hours seem longer – you can actually get home before dark and still have time to get outside for a while. Spring – we’ve missed you! Welcome back!