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April 2016

Do You Spring Clean?

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Here’s Why You Should

When the last of the muddy snow finally disappears, the first of the Spring flowers poke their heads up, and the sun feels just a bit warmer, you might notice a little hopeful feeling emerge; an inner wisdom is nudging you, reminding you that it is a new season: a chance for a new beginning. This is the time of year that we long to slough off the dead leaves and muck of last year and start fresh.

Selling Unwanted Jewelry

Selling Unwanted Jewelry

I am a big believer in re-booting whenever possible. Every day, really, is a chance to begin with a clean slate and it helps to reflect that feeling back however you can – even if that just means making your bed every morning! A crisp, inviting made bed waiting for you at the end of the day might just be the difference between mental clarity and cloudiness, peace and calm and stress and anxiety. If something so small as that can make such an impact, think if you apply that concept to other areas of your life! I say when Spring comes around and you feel that pull to “shed your skin”, listen to it!

We all have “stuff” and a lot of it is good stuff; but we also tend to hang on to many things that we don’t use or need. All that superfluous clutter and baggage is really just dead weight: these things no longer add to your life; in fact, they could be detracting from it!

Ready to give it a try? But where to begin? A good starting point is usually the things that are going to be the most noticeable, what takes up the most space or always seems messy and cluttered. Whether that’s your closet or your kitchen cabinets, you need to decide what will give you the most satisfaction in the end. If you hate opening your closet because it is such a disaster, start there. If you never want to cook anything because your cabinets are scary, start there. Make sure you have plenty of uninterrupted time to go through. Put on your favorite music, knuckle-down and focus on down-sizing just that section. Don’t get down if at first you feel like you’re creating a bigger mess than you already had. Trust me, stay in the moment and things will start to take shape and clear out. At that point you will definitely feel lighter, more peaceful, and possibly inspired to keep on going.

We have some great tips for sorting out jewelry here and really the same principles apply to just about anything you own. Try not to throw things away willy-nilly. Even though many of us are trying to be more environmentally conscious, we can still be guilty of trashing some things that would be serviceable to someone else. You know the old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” I know, eye roll, but really, you know it’s the right thing to do, and if that still doesn’t do it for you, some of your stuff could make you some money! There are so many avenues available now that it really is a shame not to try to recycle your unwanted dishes, flat- and serving- ware, collectibles and other housewares, purses, jewelry, watches, shoes, clothes, and the list goes on. We buy a lot more than jewelry (you can see a list of some of the things we buy here), so if you’re unsure where to begin, contact us and we will get you on the right track.

Happy cleaning!

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