Thursday, 14 March 2013

Spring Clean



I often complain complain about the cultural differences between France and Britain. That said, some words transcend cultural boundaries. Here is an example : a 'spring clean' or 'nettoyage de printemps' has exactly the same meaning on both sides of the channel. There you have it: for once French and British agree wholeheartedly.

The weird thing is that I am in a 'spring clean' sort of mood. I don't know what went into me, but, a few days ago, I woke up with a sudden urge to declutter my house. Time to tidy up, time to clean, time to get rid of old, unwanted stuff. As I am in such a mood once in a blue moon, I thought that I should make the most of it. And here I am, getting rid of old CDs and DVDs, giving old children clothes to various charities and trying desperately to find a place that would recycle my old printers (all three of them -I hadn't realised that I had kept my printers since I was a student). Believe it or not, I couldn't find anything around where I live.


Who knew we had so much stuff? I feel like I could open a shop for children's clothes. And what should I do with my old sky boxes? I took it to Google and discovered that there are all sort of sites to get rid of what I have. But it takes a lot of time. And preparation. And I am not sure that I am good at it. I will get there, eventually!

I don't know where this year's spring clean is going to take me. That said, clearly, it is the start of a new phase!
  

12 comments:

  1. Love your Marigolds!

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  2. I wish I would awaken one day with the desire to clean and declutter. I have to begrudgingly force myself to do those dreaded tasks!

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  3. I wish I had the same urge....

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  4. Surf the wave! I get urges like that too and I must say, my house and garage are now the better for it.



    I decluttered an electric meat grinder that was totally crappy the other day. Put it on le Bon Coin, got a call within minutes after it went online and met the guy after work to swap money for item. I think he was going to sell it on so I didn't bother telling him it was a piece of crap. What do you expect for €10 anyway? :)

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  5. Well, given the fact that Pesach (Passover) is less than 9 days away, I need to get in my spring cleaning mode NOW!
    Glad I have company on that side of the pond...

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  6. Go for it Roy! Somehow cleaning & tidying up is therapeutic!

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  7. Shame we don't have Le Bon Coin on this side of the Channel...I am stuck with ebay and GumTree. I will get there (eventually)

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  8. If it is of any help, I have to admit that it is the first time in a decade...

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  9. Me too. I don't know what went into me!

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  10. You are just jealous!

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  11. I have lived here for 7 years with my very materialist sister. I found someone to help us declutter, but she is moving the end of May. I just hope we have it done by then. I have an old printer, too. Seven years worth of stuff really adds up.

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  12. It does. I couldn't believe how much stuff we have. There is still a lot to do!

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