“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”- Charles Dickens (English writer, 1812-1870)
March is a month of the in-between: it’s not quite winter, but not yet spring. March could also be known as a “to do” month, including income tax, spring cleaning, storing away our winter wear, and anticipating longer daylight!
If spring cleaning is one of your plans, agencies are always in need of donations like clothing and small household items. Donating works two ways: it helps you declutter and helps those in need. The Edmonton Donations Program (www.edmontondonations.ca) is a great resource to find agencies needing support, including locations of donation bins and how to schedule pick-ups.
Spring cleaning happens outside the home as well. As the snow melts, we start to see remnants of winter debris. Try to keep walkways free of clutter. Even sweeping a walkway in front of your home or business is great for accessibility for those who use mobility aids. However, never strain yourself. Neighbours and friends can always help. In my building we arrange a community clean-up and volunteer in our capacity to clean the surrounding area. You can turn cleaning up into an enjoyable event!
So, while the weather can be unpredictable in March, remember that spring is just around the corner!
Ian is a columnist and writer with the paper. He lives in the area.