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23 Mar
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Cleaning, Rearranging and Clearing Clutter

Recent bright blue skies and sunshine kicked me into spring cleaning and organizing mode. I’ve cleaned closets and drawers while loads of curtains stripped from grimy windows washed. Furniture was moved and vacuumed under. Trim paint was touched up, and that’s just the start of my spring cleaning list.

I’m energized by taking care of our home. I’ve learned when I feel motivated to clean, rearrange and clear clutter, it’s best to buckle down and go with the urge. Actually wanting to clean and tidy the house doesn’t strike often.

I love feeling motivated. I feed on the sense of purpose that comes with focusing on a task and crossing it off a list. Crossing items off my to-do list is like a giant pat on my back that says, “Hey look at me go!” Most of my projects in the last 10 days aren’t anything anyone would notice. The windows do look cleaner, but honestly they weren’t that bad. Curtains are less dusty, and cushions no longer hide crumbs and lost LEGOs. No one notices the difference but me. I’m all right with that. I like taking care of our home and what’s it in, both things and people.

white and gold nightstand from 1960s

Warmer temperatures ignite my creative juices. I want to paint things, rearrange furniture, use hot glue and create something. I’m not kidding anyone in my house when it comes to painting. I don’t enjoy painting walls or furniture, but I like the idea of the finished product. More than once I’ve started painting a room only to hand the brush to Craig and walk away. I’m too impatient to wait for coats of paint to dry. I want a magic wand to wave and the changes just happen. I always have the urge to paint something in the spring when the weather turns nice…every single year. My daughter was given a nightstand that once sat in my mom’s childhood bedroom. I like the lines of the piece but the yellowing white and gold accents weren’t my style. It needed a fresh coat of white and updated hardware. The project took the greater portion of a day because of drying time. I primed and then painted two white coats before calling it finished. It fits nicely in the bedroom with the new look, and I managed to do all the painting myself.

white nightstand with blue handles against purple wall

I’ll get an idea in my head and won’t be able to shake it away. We had three frames hanging in our living room that were a dark brown/red color. For months, I walked into the room and stared at the frames. I didn’t like them. They didn’t fit our current style. Spray paint was the answer. My husband helped me pick the color. I could take weeks just picking a color for a project. My husband knows this and likes to expedite the process when possible.

spraypaint can with three frames

If I don’t decide on something, he’ll hear me talk about it for weeks. It never fails that I’ll decide on paint and have buyer’s remorse as soon as arriving home. As soon as I started spraying the frames, I thought the color was wrong. Thankfully, the frames turned out better than I had hoped and give a pop of color to the wall.

living room with three frames on wall

I don’t like to spend money on home decorating if possible. I’ll walk around rooms and look for items that could live somewhere else in the house. Part of our oldest son’s skeleton key collection hangs on a wall in the dining area. Jars of collected treasures (rocks, shells, etc.) line shelves. I’ve been known to find items (windows, bike wheels, cabinet doors) and incorporate them into our decor. I’m forever on the lookout for things to salvage.

The Power of a Ticket Stub
By     |    Jan 2, 2015
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The Power of a Ticket Stub

There’s a gold box in a drawer in my nightstand that’s bursting with memories. I’ve kept one ticket from every concert, movie, amusement park and athletic event we’ve been to in our 13 1/2 years of marriage. I’m a recovering hoarder of mementos. I’m light years better than I used to be, but ticket stubs, photographs and the occasional map and pamphlet are still hard for me to part with. I’ll come home from an event and slip the newest... [Read More]

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Forced into Spring Cleaning
By     |    Apr 16, 2014
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Forced into Spring Cleaning

If there’s an upside to having a sick family, it’s being forced to clean house. Walls have been wiped, bedding stripped, pillows washed and furniture disinfected. My sick family gave me reason to start spring cleaning. I actually don’t mind cleaning, so purposefully setting time aside for spring cleaning fits my personality. I find the act of taking care of what’s mine to be rewarding. Cleaning out closets and drawers gives me a natural high. Getting rid of clutter helps... [Read More]

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Organizing Kids’ Artwork
By     |    Jan 13, 2014
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Organizing Kids’ Artwork

Organizing kids’ artwork was a huge dilemma for me when our oldest started preschool. I didn’t want to forget what he created, while at the same time, I didn’t want to keep it all either. There isn’t space for all the artwork my children make, and it’s just not necessary to have every scrap of creativity stored away in a storage container. It took me quite awhile to decide what was an acceptable compromise between saving memories and doing away with... [Read More]

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