#reverb14 is the opportunity for us to reflect and project throughout 2014. Each month, Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting on a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.
Spring Cleaning: How are you cleaning out your life and cleaning out your writing in preparation for a new season? Reflect. Photograph. Think.
Y’all, I am not someone who dusts and finds that to be cathartic, okay? Because I feel like we need to have that understanding of one another before we get into it.
Over the course of the next three weekends, we will be attending three weddings, one of which I am in. On weekend #4 I will escape to the cabin for a weekend of peace. I will then return to the cities for two more consecutive weekends of weddings, another one of which I am in. From there, I will retreat to the cabin once more.
All of this is to say, that last weekend was probably the last quiet one we will have until mid-July at least. Even though committing it to cleaning was not the most recreational way to spend our time, coming home from vacation I knew that a little bit of effort now would go a long way mid-Summer when our house was still one that we wanted to live in.
It will come as no surprise to you that in the same way I was compelled to freeze everything in sight, I listed. Yes, I realize that some of the things I wrote down are not so much housekeeping things as they are lifekeeping things.
I’ll be dedicating an entirely separate post to Calling Comcast and consolidating our car insurance because this project is in-progress, but I can already tell you that the savings are incredibly real.
While Marcus waged war with our monthly finances, I submitted requests to our HOA to have our landscaping re-done because this is unacceptable.
Between the weeds, the tragic little bushes, the sparse to non-existent rock and the torn liner I know that we can do better.
The idea to inventory/purge/declutter our medicine cabinet was a somewhat impulsive one. In the spirit of one in-one out, I thought it would be good to get an idea of what we already owned. Answer: Enough bandaids to get us through Kindergarten with both kids. Not kidding. Bandaids aside, I managed to remove one grocery bag worth of trash and another full of unused/unneeded toiletries to donate to the food shelf.
As well as another bag and box full of extra glassware, clothing and other miscellany to send over to the Goodwill. Even I managed to be impressed with the amount of things we still had hanging around, just ready for giveaway. We still haven’t touched the
man cave basement, but that will live to fight another day.
What was less glamorous and less rewarding? Wiping down the baseboards. Moving our couches so that we could sweep beneath them. Cleaning off the somewhat greasy top of the refrigerator (gross).
Even though this weekend was all about cleaning the physical structure of our house, by crossing That (and all of those other little things) off of my list, the mental energy I was dedicating to inventorying and organizing those tasks has returned to a more productive, less stressful space.
We have done all that we can here, now it’s time to kick back and have some fun!
What does your Spring Cleaning look like?