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Our special needs Princess sure loves her calendars. So, she was the first to remind me that it’s officially Summer now. 

Of course, having hit 100 degrees several days already this June, I’m very aware of the hot weather. And yet, in a strange twist of COVID adaptations, the high school Spring Track season is just now headed into their state competition.

?Hence the seasonal confusion inside our household.

?However, over the past few weeks I’ve also found myself elbows deep in the annual Spring cleaning but thanks to cleaning services Fresh Maids who made my job much easier. People can also get the help of duct cleaning services in Oregon.

You know, the type where you finally weed through all the clothes in your closet and finally give up on the dust-covered garments you’ll honestly never wear again. (And not just because of the size difference, ahem…I’m blaming it on changing styles and lifestyles. Right?)

?The type of deep cleaning where you just can’t shove another document into that filing cabinet and finally sort through the stuff you don’t need to keep anymore…and end up with seven trash bags full of shredded paper to haul to the recycling center. Which then leads to organizing other files including on my computer.

?Spring cleaning that also includes deliberately starting at the bottom of that never-ending to-do list to knock out the dreaded tasks that have been procrastinated on too long. The ones like updating wills and care plans and setting up that trust document.

?But in the midst of the dust and organizational whirlwind, I also discovered myself de-cluttering the corners of my mind. 

Letting go of old things like bitterness, guilt, and discouragement. Digging out the old to make room for the new. Recycling past victories into motivation for the next project. Paying attention to those “some day I want to” dreams and seeing what steps I need to take to make them happen in the next year or so.

?I think that’s the essence of spring cleaning. To make room for something new. Almost like this verse:

??”For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19 New Living Translation)

What about you? What “spring cleaning” does your house, life, heart, and mind need? What new things would you like to see grow in those formerly dusty places?

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