Spring Cleaning…

What Does Spring Mean For You?

Spring has sprung. I love spring in southern California! The weather is amazing- mid-70s with the sun shining and a lazy breeze that carries the smell of blossoms through the air. Sooo good. Something bizarre happens to me though- just like clockwork, every year, I get the urge to purge! To “purge” away old and used up things, things unused (that will never probably be used). You know the ones I mean: we save the Below Zero Faux Fur coat and matching boots for  “the cruise we might someday take to Alaska” or the  snakeskin sequin miniskirt to wear some New Year`s Eve when we dance with our ” almost fiance” who is sure to propose as the clock strikes midnight ( even though you are single and usually ring in the new year with your 11-year-old child, banging noise makers and pots n pans together every year.Who Moi? ( which by the way, I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world).

But I digress! You get my point! CLUTTER. I find it feels so amazing to liberate myself from things I really don’t need and honestly, and here`s the best part, you get to “pay it forward” by giving to someone who truly could use it. ( not talking about the snakeskin mini, which I gave away years ago, by the way) but practical clothing, shoes, blankets, jackets, stuff! Besides, what`s the saying “One Mans trash is another man`s treasure?” I am not immune from picking up the odd piece of  “alley boutique items”( you call it old ratty furniture I prefer furniture orphans) a little refinishing and painting and voila! Gorgeous! ( and getting rid of the old does make room for new, after all) So what does spring mean for you? Do you go into a mad cleaning frenzy? ( once a year I can handle), do you grab a towel and any sliver of sun and warmth you can find by lying in it? ( wearing your sunscreen, of course)Perhaps you take off to see Mother Nature`s finest displays of her vibrant colors: to the desert to see the wildflowers in bloom (Crayolas got nothing on her) Please share your

So what does spring mean for you? Do you go into a mad cleaning frenzy?  (once a year I can handle) Do you grab a towel and any sliver of sun and warmth you can find by lying in it? ( wearing your sunscreen, of course)Perhaps you take off to see Mother Nature`s finest displays of her vibrant colors: to the desert to see the wildflowers in bloom (Crayolas got nothing on her) Please share your springtime rituals with me!

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  1. David Garcia
    David Garcia says:

    For the past decade, I’ve been cleaning up my room. To me, it has became my favorite hobby at this moment because I feel I’m doing something good for my people I know(my family, friends from my high school days, work, etc). Now I’m in the process of selling of my old train and slot car racing collection(the tracks only), as well as a collection of baseball card collection and hot wheels to the children of some of my high school buddies. I just recently sold some sports memorabilia, anime dvds, and an old Evel Knievel action figure online, traded in some old video games for a new game(I love game trading), and I recently giving away old clothes to various homeless people in need(I gave a young homeless woman an old pair of 80s Sergio Valente Jeans). Anyways I still have a long ways to go before I accomplish my room cleaning mission. Have a good night Erika. =)

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  2. Gary Linares
    Gary Linares says:

    I agree that a spring clean is good for both pratical physical reasons and mental heath reasons. It makes space to deal with all the current matters that need your time and attention. I had a big decluttering project about 3 years ago, getting a social company in to help me clear away over 30 years of things I no longer needed. I strongly recomend it.

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  3. Gina Barkey
    Gina Barkey says:

    That’s funny, you mentioned the fur coat because I just posted my fur jacket for sale online! Spring has sprung especially when you are allergic to pollen. I feel it in the air…literally, right away! It’s always nice to get rid of stuff you don’t want or need because it is just taking up excess space. I do that year round but it’s so nice to see the sunshining again after all the storms that came through California. I enjoy the bright sun light, the cool breezes and warmer days. It’s great to see the flowers blooming and you know what they say with Spring…Love is in the Air!!! I really enjoy stopping by to read and view your blog page, Erika…whenever I have some spare time. Keep it up…Love,G

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  4. Tim Deats
    Tim Deats says:

    Very nice entry! You pretty much nailed it…Spring to me also has been that whole purge and renew type of thing… One of my favorite things are those Mid-Spring rains that start out slow…with the giant raindrops…and they just keep steadily hitting the ground until it becomes one of those slow…all day soakers that seems to make everything just that much more colorful…and the smell of that Earth cleansing…mind cleansing rain is almost spiritual in and of its self…That of course along with the Black Crappie spawn right about the same time the Lilacs bloom out here on the Old Prairie of South Dakota …My Daughter and I used to love go fishing in the Spring…Great Blog…and you take care!

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  5. James McMullin
    James McMullin says:

    Awesome article as always. Of course you and I talk occasionally, so I wanted to join in on this discussion. Spring means many things to me. Storm chasing and adventure. You talked about mother nature’s canvas, I agree with you 100% nothing matches its true beauty. To see the cycle of life. The same way we purge things, both material and mental, out of our lives mother nature does the same. We are all made from the Earth through the power of God. Thanks for the reflection. Keep smiling, stay strong, keep writing. @unosmiles

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    • eenow
      eenow says:

      Yes, James. Funny, you mentioned mental purge as well and I was contemplating including this in the Spring Cleaning article, as this is also a huge cleansing to take part in.In fact, it was the importance of the mental purge of all things that no longer serve us, that I opted to save that discussion for another time. Thank you for chiming in! Cheers, Erika

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