Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring Cleaning


I have been in SERIOUS spring cleaning mode around here recently.  I don't know if it is the warmer weather or what.  But something is making me want to throw out junk, take piles of stuff to Goodwill, and spend hours doing crazy things like clean our baseboards.  Yesterday I worked all afternoon on our spare bedroom.  This has always been a place where I put stuff that I just don't know what to do with.  The stuff that you feel bad throwing out, but really never use.  I start to go into panic mode when I get overwhelmed by the amount of this seemingly useless stuff and say crazy things like, "we can have no more children, we have too much stuff".  Of course I don't actually mean that, but it seems like every spring I start to feel the need to organize and get rid of things.  I think this is healthy and good and like the idea of not having so much "stuff".  So I did take some things to Goodwill today and I am ok with the fact that I finally got rid of those shoes that I got 5 years ago and only wore a couple of times.  I haven't worn them in years and won't, so why should I keep them?  I also have learned from this experience that I need to be more careful when shopping.  I need to make sure that I REALLY like what I am buying and am not just buying it because it is $5.  I feel like I do that a lot and I am going to stop.  I think investing in things (especially in clothes and shoes) that are timeless is worth it in the long run. 

What are your thoughts?  Have you been doing some spring cleaning?  Something I REALLY want that will help my spring cleaning endeavors (and my every day cleaning) is THE SHARK steam mop.  Rob listens to me say almost every day how I wish I had The Shark.  Oh, come on,  you've seen the infomercials and know that you loathe it.  I would also like a swivel vacuum.  (ahem, Mom)

Just a side note- I look NOTHING like the above picture when I am in spring cleaning mode, I mean seriously, does anyone?   I look disgusting and sweaty, my hair is a mess, and I am wearing something like a t-shirt and old field hockey shorts from high school.  Is she not wearing underwear?  hmm, maybe this is a risque '50s housewife

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jen- Hope you are doing well! I haven't checked out your blog in awhile, and no, I don't keep up with my own! I love this new decorating blog. I have the same fever and Matt is always saying, why can't you just be happy with the way things are? Duh. Come on. The latest project was cutting out a 1/2 wall in our kitchen, which really opened up the living room...still working on finishing that one!
Kelly M

Steph said...

Are you kidding? I TOTALLY look like that when I clean...

the Jones' said...

haha, I'm sure you do Steph!

Rachelaine said...

I was just thinking this morning that I was hoping you'd posted.

When you get the shark, please report. Steam cleaning everything seriously sounds amazing to me! And if you want an apron like that, I made one for a friend as a joke in college. It was black satin with a red tulle skirt underneath and a halter top. I'm going into business with a new line of domexy (domestic but sexy) ware, called Sonoma's Secret.

Mom said...

Jen, I'm wondering if you are afraid of "stuff", because your parents have collected a bunch of "stuff", living in the same house for 33 years. This could be the reason for your obsession to always be cleaning out. I can only hope that you are still in the mood to "clean out" and organize when it's time for us to move! And yes, that is a 1950's risque housewife. I'm very glad to hear that you're not modeling yourself after her!! XO