I love spring cleaning and I love this time of year too. Many of you may be asking yourself, who in their right mind loves spring time.
Normally I would agree with y’all, what with April showers, the pollen inducing allergens of May flowers, and the whatchamacallit nonsense of springing our clocks forward. But quite simply put — there’s no better time for cleaning than spring.
It’s not too cold or too hot so getting the lingering winter dust bunnies on to their summer lodgings is easy peasy. In other words, a good spring clean is fun (It’s a little cathartic too).
There’s nothing quite like it. Spring cleaning isn’t just cleaning, it’s keeping what works and chucking the rest (albeit unemployed family members may take more than a little elbow grease to shift).
This sense of purpose, of direction, applies to the tangible as well as the intangible. If a rug creates more dirt than it covers chuck it, and if ideas for your blog no longer push you to write chuck ’em and find new ones.
Spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning, it’s about taking back control be it from Old Man Winter, Father Time, or even good ol’ Mother Nature.
The sense of control, of power one feels is intoxicating. Truth be told it’s more than a little exhilarating like jumping into a cold pool on a hot day.
Done right a good spring clean can be a spring board into other productive tasks.
I, for one, took the jump from cleaning my house, to cleaning my office, to cleaning my desk, and finally to cleaning my desktop. I deleted everything and anything on my desktop I hadn’t used in the last year (unless it made me laugh, that is).
Before I clicked, move to trash, I opened each and every file. Not surprisingly, I couldn’t recall why I kept most of them in the first place, but I know why I’m junking them. At the end of it all, my trash can had more than 2,000 items in it, although a lot of them had been binned long ago (I can’t be the only one that hates taking out the trash)!
And after I cleaned my desktop I cleaned my blog, keeping what works and chucking the rest (well only after I saved a draft copy first).
The thing about spring cleaning isn’t what you start with or what you end up with. No, instead it’s seeing what you lost sight of along the way that makes it so unique, so great.
In my case I lost sight of the foundation, the simple truth, that writing’s fun.
Illustrations by B. Mac’
© Indian Macgyver 2017