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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tis the Season for Spring Cleaning

While I try to keep clutter and chaos to a minimum in the house, I do still look forward to Spring Cleaning. I love swapping out my boots for my sandals and putting away sweaters to make room for flowy skirts and tank tops. I also use this opportunity to take an inventory of what needs to be replenished, thrown away, donated, etc.

I came across this list in Blueprint magazine on 100 Reasons to get rid of something. Some of the my favorite reasons are:

  • People burn 55 minutes a day looking for things.
  • 80 percent of what we own we never use.
  • Donate Cell phones: Send a phone to the field staff of a poverty-fighting mission.
  • Give interview and work clothing to disadvantaged women.
  • Give everything from storybooks to encyclopedias.
  • Recycled footwear materials become sports and playground surfaces.
  • Around 23 percent of people pay late fees on bills they cannot find.
  • Trade in an old iPod and receive a 10 percent discount on a new one.
  • Search for phone numbers online instead of storing bulky Yellow and White Pages volumes.

I hope this list inspires you to do a little spring cleaning and hopefully you can take some weight off your daily to-do or even your home.