No one looks forward to washing windows or storing the ski gear or the other chores associated with spring-cleaning. But this annual ritual does not have to be a drag, if you approach it in a slightly different way. "You've been cooped up with this cave-like mentality all winter; now it's time to break free and play," says R.D. Chin, a feng shui architect and consultant in New York City. "It's time to follow the cycle of nature, get rid of the clutter, and free up your mind." Here's our idea of what a truly effective spring-cleaning can look like.
De-clutter your social networks.
Use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn less as sources of entertainment than as communication tools. Group your contacts into appropriate friend, colleague, family, and acquaintance files to prioritize whom you are connected to and why. Then delete a third of them. You may be surprised at what happens. "Two hours a day posting on Facebook or mindlessly surfing the Web adds up to a month or more in the course of a year," says Daniel Sieberg. "There are a lot more things you can accomplish in that time."
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