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  • Spring cleaning (Weekly blog, 13 March 2017)

    Posted on March 14, 2017
    A short blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General

    Spring cleaning: Mary’s Odyssey is an immersive theatre experience at the Bermuda National Trust’s Verdmont that will transport you back to the 1800s

    Spring cleaning was my goal this weekend.  Inspired by National Spring Cleaning Week (6-12 March), I had a long list of jobs from rotating matresses to reorganising the larder. Sad to say, I didn’t complete the challenge.  These things always take longer than you think … (more about that later).

    Still, at least we’re only talking about an average sized house. If I had to take on a National Trust property, I would have been at it for weeks.

    There appear to be various origins to the practice of spring cleaning.  Here in Europe, March seemed to be the best time for dusting because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors – to blow the dust away. And you no longer needed a fire so could wash the soot from the walls and furniture.

    Spring cleaning your life

    It’s almost impossible not to connect the physical seeing off of dirt and clutter with the metaphorical stuff.

    Cleaning up your mind is probably more difficult than tackling the kitchen cupboards. Although, having spent the best part of Sunday on one room (our daughter’s deep-litter ‘cave’), I’m not so sure.   Even only denting the list however was pretty motivating.  There is something very satisfying, de-stressing and liberating about cleaning.

    Cleaning up your time

    Workwise, I’ve contented myself with trying to be more organised with my time. Didn’t go to well with the house spring cleaning (see above!) and this blog is late … Not a good start.

    The plan nonetheless is to plan better. Schedule everything. Be realistic about what you can get done in the time available. (Ahem.)

    Secondly, look at emails less often. Say no sometimes.  Admit that you can’t do everything and focus on the important things.  (And forgive yourself the occasional slip up!)

    This spring cleaning up of behaviours is also permeating my personal life – dusting off the cobwebs of the mind and cleaning up some bad habits.

    It also probably applies to INTO itself.   What lies in the closets that needs to be cleaned out? Old thoughts and beliefs? Programmes needing a refresh? Time to give it all a good scrub and free ourselves for better days ahead!

    Thanks for reading!

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