Friday, 26 February 2021

Dreaming of spring-cleaning

Too often I forget that I'm the mistress of my own life, and do stupid things like working all the time because I was taught that this is what I'm supposed to do. Just because my parents/society/the establishment (whatever that may be) have banged that into my head since I was little, doesn't mean I have to listen to it. 
So, next week I'm taking a week off! I have no commitments, no scheduled shifts, and I decided to say no to any work and yes to everything my little heart desires. To say I am majorly stoked about next week is a gross understatement - I am positively giddy with excitement!

I don't know about you, but March is always the month to me that holds the promise of spring. I know that it's highly unlikely for winter to go just yet, but a girl can dream, right?
To get myself in the spring frame of mind, I started something I don't do often: deep-cleaning!
I clean our house every week (you have to with all the dogs that live with us), but deep-cleaning is different. It means washing the curtains, scrubbing the walls and doors, washing not only the windows I can reach easily, but also the high ones where I have to drag the ladder in. It includes taking all the lamp shades off and washing them in warm water. It's a whole production, and I only have the energy for it once or twice a year. And right now is one of those precious times!  

Yesterday I tackled our back deck, throwing off the Christmas tree that was parked there, sweeping and washing the windows, door and walls. I didn't have time to scrub the deck, but that's the first item on my list. Why yes, of course I have a list of stuff that I am planning to do next week! It's just for fun and I won't beat myself up if I don't cross off every item, but I like to have some sort of plan before entering a new week. 

One of the things I've been working on to spice up winter is a little bedroom refresh. Nothing big, just some small tweaks. I ordered a new comforter set, and I'm creating a little reading nook with a comfy armchair. I'm also adding some more wall art, which I will be shopping for next week.


Early spring-break staycation list:
  • scrub deck
  • decorate reading nook
  • look for wall art
  • clean SheShed
  • wash windows
  • deep-clean bathroom
  • print new photos for gallery wall
  • work on novel
  • walks with Lily
  • yoga
  • dates with Rich
  • buy flowers for myself
  • write down vision for perfect life/life mission statement
  • have a girls' night
  • paint baseboards?
  • create spring list

Making this list has inspired me to make one for the real spring, which I will probably be working on next week as well. With another season most likely spent at home, my goal is to make our home and ranch as happy, cozy and welcoming as possible! I can't wait for warmer temperatures and more time spent outside. Hurry up, spring!

All images from Pixabay

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