Continuing Education

The New Meaning of Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning.

It’s a phrase we hear a lot, but whose literal application we’ve lost to time and technology. History tells us Spring Cleaning was the traditional practice of thoroughly scouring one’s home after being shuttered through the long winter months, particularly those households foundImage in colder climates. Come the spring, residents would throw wide their doors and windows and sweep all the collected dust and detritus (literally) out the door.

The notion of Spring Cleaning is not particular to a specific culture. In Iran the practice is known as Nowruz and similar efforts are made during Jewish Passover, not to mention the Catholic Church’s practice of Maundy Thursday.

Many attribute the loss of an annually designated Spring Cleaning tradition to the advent of the vacuum cleaner. Seriously. Who needs to do a seasonal cleaning when technology lets you do it on the weekend?

Nowadays, Spring Cleaning has become a metaphor for any sort of heavy duty cleaning, organizing or refurbishing. The phrase also stands for the effort made in getting one’s affairs in order or making a significant course correction in one’s life.

“We did a little Spring Cleaning before the annual audit.”
“The team will need a little Spring Cleaning before the season starts.”
“Their agenda could do with a little Spring Cleaning.”

Continuing Education offers some courses that could help you with you level up, revamp or refurbish some aspect of your home and lifestyle, be it literally or metaphorically, and all in time for spring.

Upholstery for Beginners

Do you have a piece of furniture in your home worthy of a new lease on life? Learn the basics Imageof upholstery from Anna Gregory, owner of Covington Upholster in this fun, hands-on class. You will learn to measure, cut and upholster a brand new footstool to take home and enjoy! The skills that you will learn in this class can be applied to any type of seat such as a dining room chair, bench, or ottoman.

Zero Waste 101

Spring Cleaning may start in your home, but it can have a global impact. We all need to reduce our carbon footprint to ensure a sustainable tomorrow. Let Meg Stockbridge show you how to change your lifestyle with tips and shortcuts to waste reduction. Manage what comes into your home. Maximize your health and well-being while conserving your pocket book. Spend less time and energy taking out the trash and fretting over what should be composted and recycled while saving money on utilities. Join us and learn how to conserve your own precious resources.

Home Remodeling 101

Is your home in need of a facelift? Are you seeking that lift that comes from doing something yourself? Join veteran contractor, fabricator and Continuing Education instructor  Peter Marx as he shares tips for that remodeling project you’ve been dreaming about. LearnImage what comes first, (second, and third) in Home Remodeling and how to establish a project budget, specifications and bid procurement. Basic house construction and remodeling do’s and don’ts will be covered.

Edible Seattle: Year-Round Gardening

Spring Cleaning is also about keeping things green. Growing your own food in Seattle is easy, enjoyable, and good eating. While fall is the best time to prepare for your spring garden, food gardener, community activist and educator Sue McGann will guide you in growing year-round food by learning about soils, seeds and varieties, diseases and pests, sheet mulching, organic practices, and more. Join the thousands of city gardeners who are eating their yard.

Finding the Work You Love, Finding the Life You Love

Are you thinking your work and personal life are in need of an overhaul? Finding the Work You Love is about finding YOU—your creativity and zest for life! Let registered counselor and life coach Subhan Schenker will help you listen to yourself for what makes your heart sing! This course delves into four explorations: How to discover what fulfills you; How to translate what you enjoy into real-life opportunities. What obstacles stop you from pursuing your dreams? And how do you deal with these obstacles?

Not seeing that class to bring a little order into your life? Visit our online catalog and explore other numerous options to help tidy up your spring. 

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