Spring Cleaning, a Friendly Ritual

Winter is over, which means the weather is getting a little nicer, which means it’s time for me to inch off of my snug couch and go outside. One of my favorite ways to kick off spring is by volunteering for SOLVE’s Annual Spring Beach Cleanup.

For the last three years my excellent friend, Lauren, and I have volunteered with the Beach Cleanup. In case you don’t know, SOLVE is an organization that aids folks in volunteer efforts that restore Oregon’s natural spaces. They do good work. Last year’s Cleanup cleared the coast of about 52,000 pounds of debris.

The Cleanup has become an inadvertent tradition of ours come spring. We fell into it naturally. It’s a great way to celebrate the change of season, our lovely state and, aw shucks you guys, being friends.

It’s made me realize the importance of creating new traditions of my own around the things I value (like debris-free beaches) with the people in my life. It’s also made me realize how much I hate Styrofoam. It breaks down into tiny bits that fish mistake for food, and picking it up is a royal pain in the butt.


Spring is here. Why not celebrate it by making a tradition of your own? If you’re interested in volunteering with SOLVE, register for an event, or create your own.

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May 2, 2014
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