Settling In - Elevating your spring cleaning game

I’ve come down with a major affliction. I took my vitamins and avoided rotten fruits, but to no avail. I’m ill.

It’s official: I’ve got Spring Cleaning Fever.

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When I had a day off recently, I spent the majority of my morning cleaning my apartment. It’s surprising how addictive a top-to-bottom tidy job can be. A simple wipe down of my kitchen counter spiralled into an obsessive re-organization of my entire cupboard contents. Cleaning is therapeutic.

But there’s so much more to spring cleaning than merely sweeping up dust bunnies and vacuuming dirt piles. Spring cleaning is a state of mind.

Which is why I’ve compiled this handy-dandy list for you fine folks. What follows is an incomplete but essential rundown of the oft-forgotten elements in our lives that should join the ritual fire that is spring cleaning.

4. Clean your Netflix queue.

Ooh, boy, you racked up quite a collection of shows and movies on your streaming service over the winter, didn’t you? Why do you have nine seasons of an obscure British comedy lined up? What possessed you to add Adam Sandler’s filmography to your queue? These questions will have to be answered at another time, because you have work to do. Draw the blinds, put the kettle on boil, and start watching. Don’t even think about mindlessly deleting your picks; that’s cheating. You made the picks; you’ve got to watch them.

3. Clean out your coupons.

The holidays came and went, leaving you with a surplus of gift cards you never used. Well, it’s time to cash in. Load up on Canadian Tire and Walmart merchandise as you free your wallet from plastic overload.

2. Clean your fridge.

This is a simple one, right? Everybody empties out their fridge when they realize most of their ingredients have gone bad. Perhaps, but don’t toss your food in the garbage like a chump. Get crazy. Throw every food stuff on the verge of expiration into one big pot and make the stew of your dreams/nightmares.

1. Clean your windshield.

Wipe the collective winter grime and muck off your car. Polish it to perfect just in time for an army of bugs to paint their innards over it.

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