Spring cleaning. Two words that evoke dreaded thoughts of long weekends filled with buckets, spray bottles, and rubber gloves. We’ve all been there, frantically trying to get our homes clean after a winter of neglect. After all, who wants to empty out that dreaded hallway closet when you can binge watch the first three seasons of “Downton Abbey?” So we get it. But there’s some “spring cleaning” that isn’t so, well, tedious and quick to find reasons to avoid.
In a charged political election year like the one we’re all experiencing, you’re probably more than ready to dump a friend or two. Or three. Or even four. Go ahead. If you’ve been on the fence with a certain someone who always seems to put you in a bad mood, get rid of that repeat offender. And anybody that makes you feel or think negatively shouldn’t be in your life, and you don’t owe them anything — not even cordiality. Time to clean the friend closet.
Your digital music library
If you’re like us, you keep putting this one off. Over and over and over again. Everyone has that collection of 1970s polka that seemed like a good idea when you were planning the backyard Octoberfest (that never actually happened). Well it’s time to say “buy-bye.” Besides, with today’s inexpensive digital streaming options no one owns music anymore!
Things you need to return
Here’s another pile of stuff that seems to get shifted from one area near the back to door to another. Back and forth and back and forth. Sometimes, you even set it by your keys so you’ll be sure to bring it with you on your next trip doing errands (of course you don’t). Well, now is the time to either get it returned or donate it to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. If you haven’t used it by now, you never will.
When was the last time you took a look in the meat and cheese drawer? The back of the drawer, we mean. No, you’re not going to eat that half container of feta cheese or the those fun habanero pickles or the leftover breakfast skillet from three weekends ago. Open the fridge door, pull up the garbage can, and start pitching things in the trash. Get rid of that crap and make room for new, fresh things in your fridge — literally and metaphorically.
Your social media
Everyone has Facebook friends that you once knew but who’s annoying posts about their monster trucks just don’t ring your friendship bell any longer. Delete them and move on. And what about those embarrassing pictures from the office Christmas party five years ago? Or the question-and-answer note you created about your crazy college days. Delete. Delete. Delete. Now, on to more videos of baby goats!