Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Involuntary spring cleaning is a real phenomenon. One day, when the first stretch of warm weather is upon us, you will start straightening your apartment for no particular reason. The Spirit of Clean will take over your otherwise slovenly state, and you will find yourself reaching for a rag and that vinegar/water concoction you made after a late-night Pinterest binge. In the middle of your spring frenzy make sure to set aside items that will help someone else. Martha’s Outfitters, the thrift store arm of nonprofit Martha’s Table, provides free and reduced-price clothing to communities of people who are in need. Support their efforts by donating your gently-used clothing, housewares, and accessories. Your place will be more organized and it will calm the Clean House Spirits. At least until next year.