Thursday, April 10, 2014

Santa Ana Spring Cleaning

Spring is here, and with it comes a variety of maintenance tasks - some for the home, and let's face it, some for ourselves!

Sure, some parts of the U.S. are still seeing snow, but here in Santa Ana, we've got blue sky and sunny afternoons. So no more winter couch potato excuses!

Here are some of the things I do to start the season right:

After work exercise. No more early morning sessions at the gym.  I can take a run at the end of the work day, with more daylight to light the way.

Garage sale. Spring cleaning only sounds like a cliche, in reality one of the best ways to clean out the house is to get rid of unwonted items. Whether it's outgrown children's toys or old golf clubs,  having an old fashioned garage sale is a great thing to do. Not only can it put a little extra cash in your pocket, left overs can be donated to a worthy charity or two.

Home maintenance. You don't have to go overboard. Just pick one necessary item and make sure it gets done. So whether that's cleaning out or replacing rain gutters, or replacing a leaky shower head, just do it.

Finances. Spring is the time to get your receipts and your 1040's in order, whether it's for you or for your accountant.

Recreation. Want to pick up that tennis racket again? or is there something awesome you want to do in Santa Ana but you haven't done - like a trip to the Bowers Art Museum, or a stroll through the Santa Ana Zoo. Get out and enjoy the weather. Just apply the same principle here as you would to your chores - just pick something fun and do it. That's maintenance of the mind!

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