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As a professor of foreign languages and literatures, and the director of the Great Books Program, Dr. Achim Kopp has served Mercer University for more than 16 years.

The Mercer professor, a native of Germany, said, “I got all my schooling there: High school, followed by a graduate degree and Ph.D. at Heidelberg University.”

Kopp said that after he improved his English, the Heidelberg University sent him as an undergraduate student abroad to England, where he spent a year teaching German.

He later returned to Heidelberg to complete his undergraduate degree with a double major in Latin and English.

At the time of his England exchange, Kopp had already decided to go abroad again.

“I applied for an exchange to come to this country, and they sent me to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania for a year,” said Kopp.

For the duration of this graduate exchange, Kopp continued to instruct German as a teaching assistant.

Kopp’s exchange in America led him to his interest in the Pennsylvania Germans, who lived near Bucknell.

“I was interested in English linguistics and these people spoke a German dialect similar to my hometown dialect, which was fascinating to me,” said Kopp.

Having started some research on the way the Pennsylvania Germans speak English, Kopp returned to Germany, where he attained his Master’s Degree.

“My professor asked me if I was interested in turning my research into a Ph.D. dissertation,” said Kopp, who quickly enrolled in Heidelberg’s doctorate program and returned to America in 1989 to complete his research.

“I had to come back to Pennsylvania to conduct large amounts of fieldwork among the Amish, Mennonites and other Pennsylvania Germans.”

After receiving his doctorate, Kopp returned to the United States in 1994 to teach at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

He was hired by Mercer in 1997 as a professor of Latin.

Although formerly hoping to be a high school teacher of Latin and English in Germany, here at Mercer, Kopp is “really into classics.”

While his research focus is still on Pennsylvania German and German-American studies, he said that he is planning to develop a research line in classical literature in the near future.

Along with duties on Mercer’s Macon campus, Kopp also leads his students on study abroad programs conducted both during spring break and the summer semester.p

After last spring break’s trip to Turkey, Kopp decided to take his students to Rome and Pompeii, Italy, this past March.

“I connected [the trip] with my large classical literature course, and some students from that class participated,” said Kopp.

In addition to the classical literature students, some of Kopp’s Latin students also took this opportunity to be exposed to ancient culture.

Kopp enjoys teaching at Mercer, most of all because of his students: “I love the students. We have very bright students here.”

Kopp’s time and service to Mercer translates in his work and attitude. “It’s just a very pleasant place to work and was exactly what I was looking for when I came to this country.”

Spring is finally here, so we can stow away our winter wardrobe for the warmer weather to come. Spring is generally associated with bright colors and freshness. You can easily incorporate the qualities of spring into your attire with a few simple tips (for both guys and girls).

Get creative with color. Again, spring is all about light and bright colors. Pastel colors are a good way to be subtle but colorful at the same time. If you really want a dramatic burst of color, try going for the neons. If your outfit is plain, dress it up with fun accessories. You could simply add a colored belt, jacket, cardigan, jewelry or shoes for that extra pop of color. For girls, colorful and patterned sundresses are a must. For guys, colored blazers or pants are definite options to consider.

Hats and scarves are always fun. If winter has beanies, spring has fedoras. Fedoras are a huge hat trend suitable for warm weather. Guys and girls can dress up any outfit by simply donning this hat. Fedoras come in all different designs, so go get yourself one that fits you. Also, summer scarves are a nice way to add color and texture to your outfit. A plain shirt on its own can become boring, so adding an appropriate scarf would instantly dress up the shirt. If they match, the fedora and scarf can be worn together, as well.

Denim jackets can still benefit your wardrobe. There seem to be mixed opinions on denim jackets. Some say they’re old-fashioned; others say they’re still hip. Overall, these jackets can be hit or miss depending on how you wear them. Try putting on a denim jacket over a shirt or dress to give your outfit a crisp and casual feel. However, beware of wearing denim as a bottom, as this jean-on-jean style could look really tacky.

Bring out the shades. Everyone knows sunglasses make you look instantly cooler. These can definitely be worn as a fashion statement. You can keep it classy with simple sunglasses, or go crazy with some funky ones. There are so many different types and styles of sunglasses, from aviators to wayfarers, so you can’t go wrong in finding one that suites your attire (or feeling) for the day. When you’re not wearing them, you can prop them on your head, or hang them somewhere on your top. This can instantly make a chic accessory, and you barely have to do a thing. Sunglasses are also great for their practical use — protecting your eyes from the sun. Your eyes are happy, and you look chill. It’s a win-win situation.

 

This past weekend, hundreds of vendors were lined up on Mulberry Street, hoping to sell their wares to festival-goers. One such vendor was Pamela Welty and her husband David, who were selling antique button jewelry.

Welty said she got into button-collecting through her great aunt Victoria, who had “an incredible button collection” which she and her husband gathered in Europe on his business trips.

Originally, Welty didn’t think she could get into it, because she wasn’t sure how to get the buttons she would need.

However, she ran into a button dealer at an antique show, who told her that if she liked buttons, then she had to go to a button show.

“It was like a kid going into Toys R Us for the first time,” said Welty. “Not only did I see thousands of buttons, but I also saw gorgeous buttons, ranging from ten cents to $10,000.

So, on what Welty said was a leap of faith, she put aside her other jewelry and turned completely to selling jewelry made from buttons.

“I try to buy buttons that don’t look like buttons,” said Welty. She then refurbishes the button and decides how she’s going to “frame” the piece.

“My way of doing things is to keep the button as the centrepiece, not overdo it. I want you to really notice the button,” said Welty.

She also writes the history of the button on the back of the cards that the pieces are attached to, such as a pair of earrings which had a velvet background, used to put perfume on.

Welty said that her buttons’ origins range anywhere from 1820 to the 1940s. Once the mid-1950s came around, glass buttons were replaced by plastic buttons and were no longer considered antique.

“There are some nice books,” said Welty, “where I can find interesting things about, say, if I find a button that screws open, and it’s from 1920, it held rouge. But if it’s from 1700, it probably held poison, and it came off of a spy’s outfit.”

While Welty is fascinated by who crafted the button, she said her husband is more interested in the person who wore the button.

Welty said that this is her fifth time at the Cherry Blossom Festival, and three of the times have been in bad weather. “The people of this town have a sense for the weather,” she said.

Once, her tent was actually blown away in a storm three years ago. However, she also says that once the storms blew through, she had some excellent business.

Welty said that for her, collecting buttons is fascinating.

“It gives me an opportunity to actually sell beautiful real hand-crafted pieces that someone spent so much time and effort and craftsmanship into for a reasonable price. . . Anything I can just use one button on is a real treasure for me because trying to pair up something that’s over a hundred years old is hard.”

Sometimes, she said, she gets lucky and finds a treasure in a box of buttons that she bought at an auction, such as one time when she found six buttons that ended up selling for $240, though she only paid $1 for the jar they were in.

College is all about getting the experience that one needs later in life – which is why, if you have not started a resume, you are probably way behind.

“What is a resume?” some (hopefully nobody) will ask.

A resume is a list of achievements arranged in a specific order so that potential employers can really get a sense of who the applicant is.

A resume is essential to the process of getting a job, and the resume with the most experience usually gets the job.

So, how does one start a resume?

There are several templates to choose from, offered both online and through Microsoft Word.

Select one of those templates, and start filling it out.

Another question that some might have is, how do I make my resume stick out?

Filling out the resume is easy, but having the experiences to make the resume the winner is much harder, and the key to getting a job.

What is it that employers are looking for in an ideal candidate?

As a rule, volunteer work is always looked favorably upon, as it shows a willingness to work for someone, even when there is no payment involved. The more, the better.

Mercer University offers several volunteer opportunities and is home to a multitude of service organizations.

From Service Scholars to Mercer on Mission, service to others is pretty much a required course.

 

 

Internships and jobs are also gold stars.

Not only do they show that you have the experience that’s needed for some of the jobs, but if you’ve completed them while in school, it shows you have the ability to handle work under pressure.

Although it makes sense to find positions in the area of work you are best at (such as a position at the University Press for a future book editor, a shadowing position for a teacher, etc.), positions of leadership in other fields are also beneficial.

Leadership shows that you are not only capable of handling yourself and getting your job done, but also that you are capable of leading a team and are willing to be invested in your work.

But those experiences are the basics.

Sure, they are the tried and true methods and often get the attention needed to get the job, but here are some extras that can mean the difference between getting the call back and the rejection email:

Most companies these days aren’t looking to waste their time interviewing every person who has a resume.

What has now become an important addition to the resume are the qualifications/skill sets.

This is a list of key words, typically at the top of the resume, that shows the fields you are involved in.

Think of it as tagging your resume like you would a blog post.

The goal is to ping as many of the keywords that employers are looking for as possible.

Some companies use computers to do this kind of searching, using scanning technology to weed out the unwanted resumes. Other companies use workers for the same process.

Of course, a resume should be tweaked every time it is sent out, especially for students who are graduating and looking for a real job.

A general resume is not going to work every time; make sure to personalize every resume to the job at hand.

What also helps is making a  list of anything  you have done that relates to the field you are looking into.

For example, if a student wanted to be considered for a job in music, that student could put “builds amps” on their resume (as long as the experience is real).

For a book editor, reviewing books on the side could be a helpful experience to put on the resume.

At Mercer, the Office of Career Services has several resources to help students who are in need of help with their resumes.

They also offer free resume-checking services to all students.

 

April Fools’ Day has now come and gone. If you missed your opportunity to pull a prank this year, here are a few ideas you can use on your unsuspecting friends next year.

Airhorn on the Door

This first prank is cheap and easy to pull off. All you have to do is get an airhorn and attach it to a doorknob so that when the door opens, the top of the horn hits the wall and goes off. When your roommate enters your dorm room and hears the noise, they will jump out of their shoes, or perhaps just assume it is another fire alarm if you live in Shorter Hall.

Hose Down

If you live in a residence with a kitchen sink and nozzle attachment, all you need for some April Fools’ hilarity is a rubber band. Wrap the band around the nozzle handle and face it about where your roommate would stand if he or she were to use the sink. When your roommate turns on the water, rather than coming from the faucet, it will spray them down when they least suspect it. Do not attempt this if your roommate is a Gremlin or the Wicked Witch of the West.

An Acquired Taste

Here is a prank that does not directly affect anyone, unless it makes them lose their lunch. Walk around campus eating or drinking some of your favorite snacks but out of odd containers. A few favorites include vanilla pudding in a mayonnaise jar or Powerade in a cleaning solution (like Windex) bottle. People will be grossed out or have a good laugh without being the butt of the joke.

Push or Pull?

This prank will take a few tools, patience and the willingness to take apart your refrigerator. Remove the hinges that open your refrigerator (or freezer) and move them to the other side. When your roommate attempts to open the door as normal, it will not budge. The effectiveness and difficulty of this prank depends on the unit you have, so scout it out before attempting this prank.

Save the Football!

This is another relatively harmless prank that will get more laughs than anything from the recipient. Dress up in a black suit with a white shirt and black tie. Put on some dark sunglasses and keep one hand close to your ear as if you have a wireless transmitter that you are listening to. Follow your friend around as if he or she is the President of the United States and whisper to your secret, non-existent wrist radio.

Who’s the Dummy?

This practical joke is most effective as a long term prank. Get a stuffed Halloween dummy and dress it up however you please. Then, leave the dummy in your friends cars, beds, desks or wherever they will find it and freak out. You can repeat this gag in multiple locations when the victim least expects it. It works even better if you leave the dummy in a dark room and the person turns on a light to reveal your stuffed friend. This prank is also especially effective on The Cluster entertainment editor Rachel Snapp.

Summer is a time for us college students to finally take a break from classes and make friends, hanging out, relaxing and going to the beach our priority — except when we realize that summer also brings summer jobs. The sheer act of even trying to find a summer job can be difficult because some employers will not hire college students who must quit in the fall when they have to go back to school. Not all summer jobs have to be a horrible experience though.

Summer Camp Counselor

Pros: As a camp counselor you get to spend a lot of time with children of different ages and different energy levels. You get to go on field trips, come up with game ideas, go to the pool, play sports, watch movies, do arts and crafts and many other activities that vary from camp to camp — basically you get to be a kid again. Being a counselor is a relatively easy job and is similar to babysitting but on a much bigger scale. The ideal thing about summer camp is that it’s in the summer, and your employer will not need you to work during the school year and will most likely expect you to have to leave in the fall.

Cons: The idea of working with children can seem fun and exciting but can also be frustrating and annoying. You will not always have control over the age of the children you are responsible for. You could end up as a counselor to a big group of four-year-olds who may have the occasional bathroom accident or cry when they miss their parents. Four-year-olds are at a very needy point in their lives and will constantly want your attention and have more energy than you, even after you have had your morning coffee. On the opposite end of the age spectrum, you could have a class of young t(w)eens who are anywhere from 12 to 14 and think  they are the ones really in charge. They will most likely not be impressed by any of your game ideas.

Bartender

Pros: In many states you can be a bartender starting as young as 18. Bartending can be a fun job that leaves your days completely free. It is the perfect job if you enjoy socializing with people and love the nightlife aspect of any downtown. While working during the summer, you are sure to learn new tricks on how to make a variety of drinks which you can use to impress your friends at your next party.

Cons: Bartenders get to serve all types of people. This includes a fun group of college students or the older guy who stands in the corner and has had way too much to drink and wants everyone to know it. The pay for a bartender is not always optimal because you will usually have a set wage (a pretty low one) and then tips to balance it out. This means that if not a lot of people are at the bar or you are just having an off night, you could make very little money.

Internship

Pros: Many companies offer summer internship programs specifically for college students. An internship allows you to have a set amount of hours, and it allows you to earn work experience in a professional environment. The most beneficial part of an internship is the experience you gain while working in the field you are studying in school. This experience will make your resume stand out more when it comes time to find a job in the real world.

Cons: More often than not, an internship will be unpaid, and sometimes it may even come with other expenses. Some internship programs will require you to move for the summer to the city where the internship is located. If you take part in an internship outside of your hometown, you will run into housing expenses, grocery expenses and the general cost of living on your own, all while you pay someone to work for them. The rare and elusive paid internship does exist and offers a high reward for anyone who has the patience and ability to find one.

Grocery Store Bagger

Pros: Bagging groceries can be an easy and mindless job that allows you to interact with different people every day. Grocery stores are typically well-established businesses under good management. Employers tend to want friendly workers who interact with people well, so you can almost always count on having co-workers who are friendly and pleasant. A grocery store is run just like any other business and will give you a fixed schedule and reliable pay.

Cons: People often go to grocery stores right before they go on picnics, camping or to the beach. You get to talk to people who are in the checkout line about their plans for the day, but when the conversation ends and they head to the beach, you are still stuck inside bagging an old lady’s cat food for the rest of the day. During the summer, the Fourth of July is the main holiday that comes up. Many other business close on the Fourth of July, but people still need to buy food for their holiday cook outs, so you will most likely still have to work.

 

 

The Mercer men’s golf team has just completed their third event of the 2014 competitive season. The Bears defeated 13 teams on March 14 in the Seminole Intercollegiate, winning the tournament title and finishing with a team score of 856 shooting eight under.

Senior Hans Reimers placed second in the event, with senior James Beale trailing just behind in third place.

“It felt great. It was fun to go out and win as a team again,” said Reimers. “We know we can play with the best teams in the country so it was good to show that this last weekend.”

All five of Mercer’s competitors placed in the top 50 at the event contributing to the first place victory. The team currently has the first place rank in the Atlantic Sun Conference and is ranked 36th in the nation.

Reimers added, “Our ranking this season is way better than in years past. I do not remember Mercer ever cracking the top 70.”

Mercer’s junior Trey Rule was named A-Sun Conference Golfer of the Week Feb. 19 after medaling in the Suntrust Gator Invitational. This was Rule’s career best event scoring a 69, 70 and 67 in his three rounds of play.

Rule said, “It’s an honor and a blessing to be named the A-Sun Player of the Week. There are a lot of solid players in this conference and it’s exciting to be named as one of the best.”

This was Rule’s second top five finish of the season.

With only two events until the conference tournament the Bears are in competition everyday to get better. Rule contributed, “The team prepares for competition by putting ourselves in competitive situations. We play a lot of competitive matches together within the team and this helps simulate some of the pressures when we are playing in a tournament.”

Mercer will co-host the Linger Longer Invitational at Great Waters Golf Course in Eatonton, Ga. with Kennesaw State University on March 22.

Following Ash Wednesday, which occurred on March 5 this year, the season and practices of Lent, implemented by various Christian denominations, began.

According to Dr. Craig McMahan, dean of chapel at Mercer University, in the earliest Christian traditions, new converts were baptized on Easter, therefore, “there was a need for a period of preparation to help them understand what they were getting into.” Lent acted as a 40-day period of preparation before Easter that was used for new converts to be taught about their faith, to come to learn about how their faith affected their lives and how they needed to reshape their lives around this new faith in Jesus. The purpose of Lent for the earliest Christians was used for new converts and already existing Christians as a period of confession, reflection and self-examination.

“The 40-day period came from the 40 days that Jesus was tempted in the wilderness where his own sense of ministry and vocation is shaped,” said McMahan.

McMahan explained that the purpose of confession, especially that which happens during the period of Lent, “is not to be self-loathing or self-hatred but a recognition that we are already loved and an honest approach to [addressing] our aspects that need growth.” The whole idea of confession in the Christian faith is not one designed of self-loathing but recognition of areas for growth. “If your view of God is one of a judge, then the meaning of confession for you is pleading guilty to being a criminal. If your image of God is one that Jesus tried to implement, as a parent, your understanding of confession is one of standing before one who loves you more than you love yourself.”

Traditionally, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, lasting for a 40-day period, excluding Sundays, until Holy Saturday, which falls on April 19 this year. While some Western denominations still uphold this time frame for Lent, Roman Catholics begin Lent on Ash Wednesday and end when Mass starts on Maundy Thursday, which is April 17 this year.

At the end of Ash Wednesday services, the priest or minister (or in some cases officiating layperson) take ashes—traditionally from the burnt palm branches that were used in the Palm Sunday service from the previous year—and makes the sign of the cross on people’s foreheads. While crossing, the worship leader either says, “Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return,” from Genesis 3:19 or, “Repent, and believe the Gospel,” from Mark 1:15. McMahan said that the point of the references is that they are a reminder to think about what kind of life you want to live.

According to McMahan, after Ash Wednesday, the practices of the season of Lent include spending time paying attention to oneself through reflection. Secondly, Christians are to name those things that still need work in their own lives. “By naming those things, we can identify the problem and solution,” said McMahan. Lastly, it is a time to work on those problems by a time of prayer, increased worship attendance and Biblical reading. McMahan said a Christian during Lent is “really trying to take the daily practices of what a Christian should do and making sure [they] are attending to those throughout this period.”

Another practice of Lent is that Christians usually give up something. McMahan described this as practice in order to try “to cut out the distractions that keep you from hearing the things around you. It is a reminder that our life does not consist of the things that we possess, but that our life comes from another place.”

Finally, McMahan said, “Lent is to remind of us of who we are.” So whether this is your first, tenth or thirtieth year following Lent, it is a time for Christians to engage in an important aspect of their faith by becoming more in tune to themselves and to God.

 

Just before Mercer University students embarked on their spring break, the world celebrated a holiday spotlighting the accomplishments of women around the globe. International Women’s Day was Sunday, March 8, and it served as a celebration of Women’s History Month. To celebrate this month Mercer-style, here are a few facts about early Mercer women:

The very first woman to grace the Mercer campus was not a student, but a librarian named Sallie Goelz Boone. Fondly remembered as “Mercer’s greatest institution” by some, Boone was well known for her wonderful attitude. Part of Boone’s legacy was printed in “The Cauldron” in 1930:  “We know that Mercer men still remember her cheerful ‘hello-o’ and will recall the ‘good ole days’ when Miss Sallie said learning was a pleasure.”

Not only was Boone a librarian, but also a frequent columnist for the “Mercerian.” She was also named Dean of women, and  the senior women’s Sunday school class at First Presbyterian Church was named after her. She served as a librarian at Mercer from 1904 to 1934, beginning more than a decade before the first woman was accepted into Mercer. Before working at the university, she was the librarian at Price Memorial Library, which is now the Macon-Bibb County Public Safety Center. Boone graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1887 from Wesleyan College, where she was an influential member of Phi Mu. She even helped establish the chapter here at Mercer.

Boone died on March 15, 1961. A section of the Mary Erin Porter (MEP) building is named for Boone. Also, her portrait hangs in the Tarver Library, painted by Edward Shorter, a 1920 Mercer graduate.

Another one of Mercer’s influential women was Katheryne Carolyn Pierce. Pierce was not only the first woman to graduate from Mercer’s law school in 1919, but she was also president of her senior class and the first woman in the state of Georgia to hold the bachelor of law degree.

Pierce was soon followed by the first woman to receive a bachelor of arts degree, Caroline Patterson. Patterson was also Mercer’s first co-ed student, graduating in June of 1923. Her father was the founder of Mercer’s law school, and she was told by Dean William Edmond Farrar, “You are the pioneer.” Patterson majored in theology, and was president of the Sidney Lanier chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy for six years after she graduated, as well as state historian for two years. She lived in Macon for her whole life and went on to become a recognized authority on Macon history and genealogy. Patterson was the first honor graduate of Lucy Cobb Institute, as well as president of the Georgia Society on Anti-Suffrage. She was instrumental in the defeat of the suffrage amendment in the state legislature. Patterson died in Macon on April 6, 1949.

Finally, one more famous woman in Mercer’s history was the first Mercer female of African American heritage, Betty Jean Walker. Not much is known about her, other than that she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in math. Walker was accepted to Mercer in 1964, and she led the Poor People’s March with Ed Bacon. Walker was accepted into Mercer just a year after Sam Oni, the first black student to attend Mercer. Walker penned a letter, currently housed in the Tarver Library, where she wrote that she turned down a two year scholarship to Spellman University to come to Mercer, where she had not been offered a scholarship. “Instead, Mercer offered the answer to a sixth-grade girl’s prayer, the answer to her dreams, the answer to her future,” reads Walker’s letter. Walker faced discrimination and hatred while at Mercer, but she went on to Atlanta and taught high school for 10 years. Walker received her Masters from Georgia State University in 1974. Four years later, after traveling through Europe and the Soviet Union, Walker began work as an engineer. She was voted one of the most outstanding young women in America and was included in the “Who’s Who Among Black Americans,” 1980 edition.

 

With the start of spring comes a fresh season of sunshine and flowers. What better way to embrace the new season than to do a little bit of overdue cleaning. It is time to throw out some of the remains of winter and get refreshed for spring. It might be slightly overwhelming if you are not sure where to begin, so here are a few tips that will help you get going on your spring cleaning adventure. You will thank yourself later, so don’t hesitate to get started!

 

Switch out your wardrobe. Winter is over, so you most likely won’t need your puffy coats anymore – you could replace them with lightweight rain jackets for spring showers. Put away the majority of your thick clothing and bring back the warmer weather outfits that have been waiting in your closet for a year. Perhaps you might want to set a certain weekend to go home and make the clothing swap. Your family will be happy to see you, too.

 

Organization is key. By this point in the school year, it is typical for students to get lazy, so stuff will most likely end up getting strewn everywhere. You have to start somewhere, so try organizing your wardrobe first. Fold and hang the clothes that were probably sitting on your bed or the floor. This may be the time to do some laundry too. If you come across clothes or shoes you know you don’t wear anymore, donating them is a good option – it gives you more space and you help someone in need. Look for local stores like The Salvation Army or Goodwill that accept these kind of donations. Once your wardrobe is complete, you can then move on to the clutter of random objects. Organize and put things away in drawers, on shelves or with other organizational tools. It helps to place similar items together and keep them in a designated spot. Books with books, food with food, school supplies with school supplies… You get the picture.

 

Throw away things you don’t need. Don’t be a hoarder. Once you learn how to let go of useless objects, your life will get much easier. Go through your desk and drawers and take out all the unnecessary things that create clutter. These can include old papers, receipts, gum wrappers, random scraps, gifts you will never use, etc. Check to see if you will really need any of these things. If not, throw them away (or separate them for a yard sale or donation, depending on their potential use for others). It’s handy to keep a trash bag with you at all times in case you come across something you don’t need lying around.

 

Bring out the cleaning supplies and get scrubbing. Once your room is organized, you can then move on to actual cleaning. Vacuum or sweep the floors. Dust and wipe off your desk and other furniture of lint and old crumbs. Disinfecting wipes prove to be really handy for smooth surfaces. If cleaning is not your forte or you simply hate it, look up some cleaning hacks that will most likely change your outlook on cleaning. For example, rub the water faucet with wax paper to avoid water spots and use a binder clip as a sponge stand. A lot of these life hacks (found in a simple Google search) will make cleaning much easier and more fun.

 

Change things up. When your space is organized and clean, take a good look at how you can spruce things up. Maybe you can move around furniture or add new room decor. You could add a vase with a small bouquet of flowers, whether real or artificial. Bring in color to brighten up the area. Spring is all about freshness, so don’t be afraid to try something new with your space and get creative.