Fling Outdated Medications
Dispose of outdated medications in a way that doesn’t contaminate soil and ground water. Instead of flushing your outdated medications or flinging them in the trash, check out the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Take-Back Initiative, Saturday, 4/26/14, 10 AM- 2 PM. This link will point you to medication drop-off sites near you: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/
Keep clothing that makes you feel like your best self, and fling the rest. Decide what is comfortable to wear and is also easy to coordinate. As the season changes, move items you have not have seen for a while, such as spring and summer shoes, bags and accessories, to more accessible and well-lit areas. Move heavy winter wardrobe items back into short-term storage in lower drawers and on higher shelves.
Fling out some of your least favorite hangers. Child-sized velvet hangers are great space-savers for adult clothing. The average clothes hanger is 18 inches wide and a child's size is only 14 inches wide. Fold a pair of slacks lengthwise in half and loop over a smaller hanger to keep them higher off the floor. You see more fabric and less of a bulky hanger. These make a neater closet for women's blouses and knit tops, too.
As you go through your spring and summer wardrobe, make sure it fits, it looks good on you, and you wore it last season. If not, then fling the item into a bag for donation and put those bags right in your car for a charity drop off.
Use spring dates, such as daylight savings time Sunday, the first day of spring, or your favorite spring holiday as a cue for tasks that only need to be done once or twice a year. Here is a sample schedule:
· Sunday- check your family’s emergency go kit and replace items if needed
· Monday- change the smoke alarm batteries and test
· Tuesday- conduct a family fire drill
· Wednesday- schedule your yearly medical check up
· Thursday- schedule maintenance like pool servicing, termite inspection and computer tune-up
· Friday- schedule your furnace or A/C service annual servicing
· Saturday- order your free credit report from http://AnnualCreditReport.com
· Sunday- celebrate getting all of these tasks done by scheduling your annual vacation
Store Winter Items
Clear out your coat closet by donating any coats that don't fit. Send winter coats you aren’t currently wearing to the cleaners. Label one canvas bin for each member of your family and get ready to fling gloves, hats and scarves in those bins after they are laundered one last time. We won’t be needing them very soon.
Get Ready to Garden
If you are itching to fling some seeds in the ground, now is the time to get ready. Sort through garden tools, pots, fertilizers and sprays. Store any open bags of chemicals in a container with a lid to contain odors and prevent bugs and rodents from getting into them. Check for rust or loose handles on gardening tools, and fling out garden gloves with holes. Create a list of needed supplies so you are ready for gardening and lawn care at the first hint of spring weather.
Sort through one room or type of item per day for a week. Focus on areas like toys, books, the pantry, the kitchen counter, your desktop, the mudroom, the front hall closet, and each person’s bedroom. Don’t try to do it all in one day. Spend between 15 minutes and 2 hours each day for a week on one area at a time to make a difference. Some families are even flinging a bag of clutter each day for the season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter.
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