Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Sentence I Never Thought I Would Write...

I'm saying it loud, I'm saying it proud...

I Love Spring Cleaning!

I never thought I could write the words love and cleaning in the same sentence, but it's true. I am loving my spring cleaning. 

When I retired last summer my bright and beautiful Goddaughter, J.,  made the very good suggestion that some decluttering was in order for my apartment. I agreed, but decided that I would just enjoy the summer and the huge change in my life. In the fall I'd find a place for the treasures I had brought home from the office and all of the other accumulated stuff. 

The summer flew by and on Labor Day I broke my foot. Walking was  the big problem for the fall. Then the holiday season came along, physical therapy, the Christmas plumbing disaster and the floor issue. Thankfully all of these crises are now behind me and it's the fall-out from moving things around for the new floor installation that pushed the issue. I needed to move things from the living room to my bedroom for the floor to be installed. I can put things pretty much back to where they were before the work was done, but I want to put a lot less back and make some changes. The floor disaster has turned out to be the impetus to purge, declutter and shred and make my apartment roomier. Surprisingly, I am loving the process. 

Some of BlogLand is doing the  40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, and count me in. I didn't plan the timing, but Easter is the goal date and that gives me a month to do the cleaning and decluttering I want to do. Counting the two bags I pulled together for the synagogue collection for the East Harlem explosion relief, I've added another bag of shirts and sweaters and one of kitchen things. I'm taking a bag of books to the library tomorrow and I've shredded two bags of paper. I've got a big -- enormous -- goal in mind for May and this fits my time frame perfectly. I'm keeping my goal private for now, but I do have an appointment next week to discuss what I'd like to do. And yes, I'm excited.  

It's officially spring -- It's very early March 20th -- and I am welcoming my favorite season with the sentence I never thought I would write, I love spring cleaning.


Happy, happy spring. I hope this wonderful season brings you lots of good times, expected and unexpected.

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care!

14 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Good for you doing so well there. I've been retired now for a few years and still have a long way to go with much to get rid of. It's hard for me to make those decisions about what to get rid of. I want to keep it all. Happy first day of Spring!

Sola Scriptura said...

Happy Spring to you! This post is so encouraging, it makes me want to continue my own spring cleaning. Thanks :)

TARYTERRE said...

HAPPY SPRING.

It's me said...

Happy spring darling...love and spring kisses from me...x !

Theresa said...

You Go GIRL! I am with you, plugging along here getting mine done also! Enjoy your Spring day dear friend, HUGS!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

It is always a good feeling to purge unnecessary clutter from your life.

Simply Linda said...

Happy Spring, Buttercup. Not sure about that yet, as it is 28* wc in the western part of NY, LOL. ANYWAYS--your coming here to help clean, right???? (rolling giggles)-Blessings

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I'm taking a stab at the cleaning thing -- it's all good! :)

Melinda said...

Happy Spring to you, my friend.

Cleaning and decluttering can be liberating! Keep it up!

M :)

Stephanie said...

Happy Spring to you, sweet Carol :) Enjoy your cleaning, friend. Hugs to you!

Paula said...

I thought that my house would be completely organized and clean at this point in my retirement. But, life intervened! This weekend, we are going to declutter and clean the upstairs landing and the guest room for guests who are coming in three weeks. It will be good to get it done and in good order!

Susie said...

Buttercup, Glad you are feeling so up-beat. Honestly if you or anyone out there ever hears me say I love cleaning of any kind, lock me up , I have become demented. LOL But I have to say that 40 bags in forty days sounds like a method, a real plan to help declutter. I will go for one bag a week right now. Blessings sweet lady for a happy first day of Spring.xoxo,Susie

Mevely317 said...

Honestly, I was a bit concerned when I spotted your header on my phone early this morning ... and had to peak. Could you hear a big "Whew!" coming from the west?

My friend is always saying, "Everything happens for a reason" ... I'd hate for my floor to give way, but gosh my place needs overhauled.
You're my inspiration!

PS - Can't WAIT to learn your big reveal!

GardenOfDaisies said...

YAY!! It feels so great to clear things out and pare things down! My daughter and I just went through a bunch of the things in her old bedroom. Still have a bunch more to go through, but I feel like we made really great progress.