We’re all aware of the idea of Spring cleaning (whether or not we do it – we mean REALLY do it – is another story). If you’re ready to delve in, we’ve got some tips for Spring cleaning, plus a few other Spring things you should be doing to your home. Ready to Spring forward?
1. Sell something
When the weather gets warmer, it’s time for a garage sale. Gather up all your unwanted stuff and put it out on the lawn. Might as well make some money for that old, ugly chair you’re embarrassed to put in your living room.
2. Donate something
Take everything that doesn’t sell over to a local charity. Not only will you be doing a good deed for people in need, but your donation is also tax deductible.
3. Trash something
If you have large items that cannot be sold or donated, you don’t have to live with them taking up all the space in your garage. Haul ‘em out. Many cities will schedule a large trash pickup one time a year, while others have sites where you can drop off for free. Check with your local city for options.
4. Clean something
The concept of spring cleaning isn’t about your normal program of vacuuming and dusting. It’s time to go deep. Move furniture and clean underneath and behind. Those are some world-class dust bunnies. Pull back the blinds and clean the windows. And while you’re at it, clean the blinds. They’re gross.
5. Scrub something
It’s a good time to get to those things that need a little extra effort. That weird spot in the shower you’ve been watching grow? Zap it for good. Clean out your washing machine. Yes, they actually make washing machine cleaner. Irony is good, and so is a sparkling clean washing machine.
6. Organize something
The closets you’ve been ignoring? It’s time. Really. Plan your attack and go for it. You never know what you’ll find in there that you’ve been missing (or forgot about). And cleaning out your closets are also a great way to find items to sell and donate (see #1 and #2).
Photo / The Container Store
7. Renew something
That ugly chair that didn’t sell at your garage sale? Maybe you could pretty it up with some paint or fabric? With a little time and effort, you might actually create a new favorite piece.
8. Plant something
Spring is the time to get your garden in gear. Flowers, bulbs, and certain veggies thrive in Spring. Urban Farmer has a great seed calendar, and see Huffington Post for vegetable planting ideas.
9. Update something
Paint colors stuck in a decade-old funk? It’s time for a fresh coat. Check out Benjamin Moore for the latest trends in paint colors.
10. Upgrade something
Maybe it’s just time to chuck it all and move. The Spring buying season is upon us, after all. If you are thinking of moving, remember that all the same rules apply for getting your home sale-ready as they do for getting Spring ready. So, basically, you’re not going to be able to get around that whole shower scrubbing thing!
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I saw an interview today with CNN reporter John Callebs, whose month living in New Orleans on food stamps has just ended. While his daily blog was entertaining at times, and his interview showcases in broad strokes the corners he had to cut to live on $6 and change per day (the max allowable amount for one unemployed person), it begs a bigger question: does this foretell the future for journalists? Stunt stories are great, but the reality for a lot of newly unempoyed journalists is bleak. When the Rocky Mountain News shut down last week, it left its 230 editorial folks without jobs or income. And many of them are not single adults who can live on a can of soup and some leftover rice for dinner.
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What to write. Is this blog meant as a place to inform, to rant, or to muse. Maybe a little of each? Depends on the day, or the moment in the day I guess. For now, I think I’ll just play with the layout and think about what I’m going to write tomorrow. Perhaps some jackass CEO will decide to follow Ryannair’s suggestion and put locks on their bathroom doors so I’ll have something to bitch about. Or maybe I’ll log on to one of the many job boards I’m following, and the perfect opportunity that utilizes my skills and experience will be waiting for me. And, maybe 300 trillion people won’t apply for that job, flooding the applicant pool and further driving down the salary.
I feel a rant coming on.
Perhaps this blog should just be my own personal space to get it all out. Whenever I’m feeling blue, or yellow (afraid), or green (with envy), I’ll come here, tap away, publish it .. and tell no one. Like an online diary.
I could say any damn thing I want.
I could say that every time I see an ad for an experienced copywriter, a PR professional, or a marketing pro that pays $10 an hour (which is what my babysitter makes, by the way), I consider responding with George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words plus a few more of my own.
I could say that while I WANT to remain hopeful that our economy is on the road to recovery, I watch Bobby Jindahl give the Republicans’ response to President Obama’s non-State of the Union State of the Union (yeah, I’m not linking to Jindahl’s spech as I don’t want to bore anyone to death), and … I die a little inside.
I want to say that the banks are going to start lending again, people are going to start buying cars again, the L.A. real estate market is going to stabilize, and my real estate clients are going to remember the importance of branding and consistent marketing … but I don’t have time for that cause I have to go send a cover letter and resume to a company that will undoubtedly hire a 21-year-old recent college grad with no overhead and no problem working for just over minimum wage.
Yeah, I could say all of that, but then … if I wanted to write for an audience of zero, I’d go back to newspapers. They’re hiring, right?