Getting Rid Of Spring Cleaning

The Idea Of “Spring Cleaning” Is Useless And We Should Just Get Rid Of It

Throw it out with the rest of those clothes that don't fit anymore.

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When I was younger I used to hate cleaning my room. With a fiery passion that rivaled the sun on the hottest summer day.

There were periods of time when I was in high school where I couldn't even see the slightest hint of carpeting under the solid layer of clothes, shoes, and general debris occupying a majority of my floor space. I had developed this tiptoe maneuvering strategy that was executed with enough balance and grace to make even the most practiced ballerina turn green with envy.

But then I went off to college.

All of a sudden there was so much new, free space that I had to occupy with an overwhelming amount of THINGS. So naturally I took advantage of that. Coming from a person who feels most at home in spaces that look "comfortably lived-in," I filled all of the empty spaces I could with pieces of home and new memories.

Now that I've graduated, I'm in the process of moving back home and I've discovered that there is not nearly enough room to accommodate the volume of clothes, books, and trinkets that I've stockpiled over the last four years now that everything is in one room again.

The smartest (and most obvious choice) for my present situation after pitifully trying to force clothes that won't fit into my closet was to do a bit of a "spring clean."

But oh, Vanessa, a "spring clean" you say? It's summer! It's June! I would hardly say that this qualifies as spring.

While I was forced into a "spring" clean, I got to thinking that the idea that you only really need to clean out what you don't want, need, or use once a year is detrimental to having a clean home and a clutter free space.

If you only declutter your house once a year (like you might be tempted to do by convincing yourself that you only need to clean in the spring) it's so easy to find yourself up to your elbows in your own mess. All the while staring glumly at that one corner in your bedroom that seems to attract crumpled cardigans, lone socks, and the motivation to tidy up that left you the moment you designated spring time as the only time to clean.

Spring clean. Summer clean. Winter clean. Autumn clean. Monthly clean. Biweekly clean.

Do whatever it is you need to do keep your home devoid of clutter and just wait and watch for your head to feel clearer and your heart to feel lighter.

This has been a long-winded way of telling myself that I need to step up my cleaning game. And a challenge to step up yours too.

So say "bye bye spring clean," and say hello to a new outlook on what it means to keep up a constant effort to be free of clutter.

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.
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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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Easter Is More Than Just A Day

He is risen, and LIVES today... Not just on Easter.

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Every Easter there is always a flood of posts on social media, and every post has a similar caption: "He is risen!" And indeed He is.

Not that there is anything wrong with these posts. It's nice to see everyone in their "Sunday best." However, my question is why do we make Easter a one-day ordeal? We should be celebrating the resurrection and life of our Savior every day, not just one day a year.

Jesus's death on the cross is worth so much more than one day. He is deserving of far greater.

So often, we let ourselves be consumed by life and all our problems that we get distracted. We let ourselves forget the work that Jesus did on the cross.

Yet, this should not be our reality because Jesus won.

Jesus won. He defeated the grave. Let that sink in, because all too frequently I feel like this falls deaf to our ears and hearts.

Understanding that Jesus conquered death and has already won the battle for the world (John 16:33) should give us peace.

Having this knowledge should help us to say, "I see these things that I can't fix. But Jesus has conquered death, and everything else is taken care of."

Celebrate who Jesus is and what He has done every day, not just on Easter.

Lord, thank you that I can celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ every single day. Thank you that Easter is so much bigger and far better than just a holiday. You have defeated death, so now I can rest in that truth--knowing that you will take care of even the most minuscule details of my life. You hold today, tomorrow, and forever. Thank you that I can celebrate who you are and what you've done from now until eternity.

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