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Spring Break or Spring Cleaning?

At my house it’s Spring Cleaning. I’m not a fanatic, but there is something very satisfying about cleaning out closets and cabinets.

So far I’ve sorted through the kitchen linens (and found my missing flour sifter). Then I tossed out some spices that were way past the “use-by” date. The use-by date was not an actual date digitally printed on the label, but a purple price stamp on the lid that said $1.89. If you have a food product in your pantry with a purple price stamped on it, don’t use it.

I also laundered our flag, which I ruined because I washed it with something else that faded. That’s a rookie’s mistake, and I should have known better.

This is a good time of the year to inspect your flag and fix any frayed edges. The fly end of the flag really takes a beating if you live in a windy region. If you don’t have a sewing machine to use, buy a spool of upholstery thread and some bee’s wax to coat and strengthen the thread. You’ll need a heavy duty needle too. Your stitches don’t have to be perfect, because it won’t show once the flag is flying again. And it’s hardly an original thought, but when it comes to flag care, remember that “a stitch in time saves nine.”

And wash your flag by itself in warm water with a good detergent. I routinely wash ours every few months, but this last time—when I ruined it—was a stupid moment of carelessness.

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