Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is known as the New Year of the trees. This day marks the season in when the earliest-blooming trees Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. This year Tu B’Shevat was celebrated on Monday, January 21, 2019. For an eco-friendly soul like myself, I was thrilled with all the planting and fruit-related activities that went on at my kids’ schools from juicing oranges to planting flowers. Another significant occurrence on this holiday besides celebrating trees is that Tu B’Shevat is mid-year report card time for students.
The first semester of school has come to an end. From now until June the rest of the year seems to fly by. Here’s what the timeline January to June looks likes: January 1-Tu B’Shevat-Purim-Pesach-Lag B’Omer-Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day)-Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)-Shavuot-End of School Year. Remove from your mental calendar other seasonal milestones such as President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. because they aren’t part of the culture here.
Getting back to Tu B’Shevat and report cards, I will add my Klutter Koach’s professional organizer spin to all this. Along with those (hopefully excellent marks/grades) there was a lot of PAPER. Whether in the form of worksheets, notebooks, or art projects, there is paper EVERYWHERE. Do you know how to manage the pileup? Now is a great time to sort through the stacks and keep only the best of the best and recycle the rest. Obviously, a teacher has said to keep something then of course do so, but my guess is that 80% of the papers laying around can be tossed.
Whether or not Mr. Groundhog will see his shadow on February 2 and determine when spring arrives, start your spring cleaning NOW. Start with the papers and then move on to another category. Why now? As they say, Baby It’s Cold Outside and we’re inside so take advantage of being indoors and the quiet period prior to Purim.
Thanks for reading.
January 23, 2019