Happy Thursday, It is snowing again. I am not kidding. It is so ridiculous that it has gone beyond painful into the "you have to laugh" category.
Since I am so far away from yard work, I am turning my attention into the home. While I don't have a lot of time in any given day to pick away at my spring cleaning, given how busy I am doing other things, I have a schedule and I am sticking to it:
|Having only one thing to do on a given day makes it very manageable!|
My inspiration? Miss Martha Stewart.
|God! I wish she would do my windows...|
Oh, say what you want, but she keeps a nice house (her and her staff of a thousand!)
As you can see, the cover of this month's magazine boasts a stress-free guide to spring cleaning and I have decided that is the perfect way to approach the task - bit by bit, room by room, day by day - until at the end of April I will be left with a sparkling home!
You don't have to buy the magazine however, Martha has a cleaning guide online here.
I decided to see if we could fit it in elsewhere (Barry said we could not and he proved to be right though I don't like to say that; It is now in the storage space in the basement waiting to be taken by a child when they move out) which created a lot of chaos.
We started moving furniture and that led to vaccuming and dusting everywhere and taking down the curtains to launder them, etc,.
|etc, etc, etc, keep the story going, Wendy|
The sitting room, cleaned and de-cluttered. Can you see me in the mirror above the settee?
I do love a picture of a person taking a picture! Nice closeup of the mirror. The paintings were done by my great-grandmother:
We moved the big herringbone couch into the far end of the dining room. This was a good thing, as the space there is larger and it gives a cozy spot.
|Oh we all want to paint these walls, don't we? Don't we? I do!|
We have so many extra dining room chairs and have people over for dinner so often that it makes no sense to store them away. This one is now doing double duty:
And my mother has gotten the liquor accoutrements back. All is well with her (after) life.
I love this little Virginia Wool tray:
And I am a sucker for every kind of wine stopper...
And funny thing - for the first time in two years, my Christmas cactus is blooming! Could this be a sign of better things to come? I think yes!
So today I am off to Target for some additional cleaning supplies and to stock up on some things that are almost empty so I can restock my cleaning bucket.
This is Martha's cleaning bucket. It reminds me of Dani's. I will never be that organized as I just don't have it in me, but you never know; just looking at the baking soda in the glass sugar container is making me all giddy!
Do people still engage in spring cleaning like they used to? I have the sense that the answer is no, but would love to hear from you all if you take a methodical approach to it all once or twice a year?
So how about you? Anyone else in the throes of spring cleaning? Do you do it in one fell swoop or are you like me, and plan to pick away at it over the coming weeks?
Today is a light spring cleaning day because I have my writing critique group afternoon and I am so excited! Love those women!
Have a great day out there! Stay Safe!