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.
Purge thyself (or, at least, thy cabinets).
Those toxic cleaning products, ancient condiments, stale spices (they tend to lose flavor after six months), outdated electronics . . . Toss them all. Don't pour cleaning products down the drain – a big environmental no-no. Most cities have hazardous-waste-collection days; let them handle it safely. As for those landfill-clogging phones, laptops, and cameras, they can be recycled at many big-box retailers or via online services like buybacktech.com and yourenew.com.
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