Spring Cleaning | Spring Organizing | Spring To-Do List
With the change of seasons, comes the change of seasonal clothing. Before it gets too warm to wear your favorite sweater, you should set aside some time to go through your closet. Start with your winter clothes. Go through your outfits for the season and pull out the items you didn't wear. Ask yourself why you didn't wear it. Does this still fit? Do I still like it? If it no longer fits, you don't like it anymore or there's a tear or stain on it, then either throw it away or donate it (Don't donate items with tears or stains. Remember, if you wouldn't wear it because of that, then no one else will either). Once you have gone through everything, store them away and get out your Spring clothes. Take inventory of what you have for Spring and ask yourself the same questions listed above. Not only will you be prepared for the coming season but you'll also be more than ready for winter when it comes along again.
No matter what you are storing away at the end of a season, it's always a good idea to clean the items first. This applies not only to your clothes but your shovels/snowblower and even your linens (holiday items, flannel sheets, etc.). By doing this prior to storage, not only are you ensuring that the storage container remains clean but that when it's time to take them out again they are ready and raring to go.
Spice up your life!
Have you actually looked in your spice cabinet in awhile?! If not, there's a good chance there are some spices taking up space and are expired. We all like to have spices at the ready just in case we need to jazz up our spaghetti sauce but if the spice has passed it's prime then you're really not adding any taste at all. By going through your cabinet and figuring out which ones have lost their effectiveness, you can throw them out and add new ones onto your shopping list. FYI, dry spices tend to lose their freshness about 6 months to a year after purchase. To keep track of when you bought them, write on the label or bottom when you bought it. If you don't like to cook or don't cook much, keep only the spices you know you'll use and be aware of the date of purchase. If you find that there are some spices that you're not using and are still good, give them to someone you know who will and spice up their life!
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