March is here! Days are a little longer, dust and dirt show up a little more….and suddenly after a winter of cozyness, the house is feeling a little cluttered. It must be time for spring cleaning!

This year, we’ve noticed a trend of tying spring cleaning and decluttering to Lent. Rather than give up a favorite food, beverage or activity, some are choosing to challenge themselves to quit hoarding items they no longer need or want. Shelf by shelf, room by room, they are committing to purge their homes of 40 bags in 40 days.  Are you someone who already feels blissfully clutter-free in your home? Consider a commitment to buying nothing new (except real necessities such as food and toothpaste) for 40 days.

While we are all about the purge, keep in mind that your trash might be someone else’s treasure!  We truly hope that most of these discarded items find a new home where they will be used longer and loved more (read our blog article about this topic.)

A few other quick tips:

  • Clean Green! Find simple and effective non-toxic cleaning solutions here.
  • Old t-shirts can be cut up to make re-useable cleaning rags and old veggie “nets” can be made into dish scrubbers. Save them from the trash and save money at the same time.
  • While you are dusting the inside of that chandelier….take a minute to switch out the bulbs for CFL’s or better yet, LED’s. See our post about efficient lighting solutions.