I'm quite happy to never be a ninja if it means I can simply spray something on the dirt and then get back under the duvet.
For most of us, spring on the horizon means it's time for our annual spring cleaning. But, if you are like most Canadians, it may be more important to focus on spring cleaning your finances rather than washing the windows or cleaning out the garage.
As clothing manufacturers and governments address waste in both the pre-consumer and post-consumer stages of the global textiles lifecycle, what can we easily do to reduce clothing waste -- and save money?
It's that time of year--the end of February (still two-feet of melting snow outside)--when the spring-cleaning gene kicks in and the urge to clean o...
ll that sunshine and fresh air energizes me and puts me in the mood for a good spring cleaning (and a deep exfoliation). It makes me want to feng shui my life, one closet at a time.
In 2009 I moved into a 200-square-foot cottage. The rent and location were awesome, but there was one problem. Half my stuff didn't fit in the place. So I got rid of it. Furniture, old clothes, books, shoes, art. And you know what? I haven't missed any of it since.
I now have a whole new perspective on my life, my work, and how I present that work to the world. It has also inspired me to do a spring-cleaning. The more clutter we remove, the more health and prosperity we let in and this whole experience is one I'm grateful for.
Yes, we'll be forgetting the basement again this year. Instead, next we'll turn to closets and clothing. This year, I swear, I will be ruthless, even though that may mean getting rid of the leather cowboy vest I bought for $40 in Colorado in 1973.
I clean when I'm angry. I clean when I'm anxious. I clean when I'm upset with the kids, my husband, or the fact that I missed the start of Nordstrom's half-yearly sale and the dress I wanted is sold out in my size. I clean a lot, but it isn't until I do what is typically called 'spring cleaning' that I start to feel better.
Why do some people hold onto things when others can't seem to let go fast enough?
Having been cooped up indoors for so many months, is it any wonder that we're itching to get outside? But while we may be gung-ho about getting lawn work and gardening done, there are a few things that need to be kept in mind, in order to keep the family safe.
When the warm weather arrives, every homeowner has an inventory of outside chores: cutting the lawn, weeding the garden, washing windows and cleaning the eaves are at the top of every list, including mine. Here are some quick tips and items to make your gardening easier.
Housework rarely ranks highly on the top ten list of things folks like to do. Spring cleaning, however, is often greeted -- at least in theory -- with some enthusiasm, if only because it means the end of another long, dark winter.
Changes in season are beautiful markers of time and, perhaps even more beautiful, opportunities to take stock and evaluate. And while this can certainly be applied to the "big picture" life stuff, it can also apply to the more practical.
It might seem obvious that improving your finances includes saving for retirement, but it's important to think of your financial plan in a broader way. It's also about putting protections in place.
When you're spring cleaning this season, here's something new to try: Every time you come across something you want to pitch or give away, ask yourself if that item can be used in a different way.