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Infection Alert: The Spring Cleaning Bug


Get Inspired to Roll Up Your Sleeves… With promises of warm weather and spring ahead, my attention inevitably focuses on my home and garden. It happens every year at about this time. It is fair to say that the “Spring Cleaning” bug has officially hit. Signs of infection may be familiar to you: hardware store lists, chore lists left in strategic and visible locations around the house, asking friends for handyman recommendations, a pronounced aversion to the chaotic clutter of children’s rooms and your own disorderly closet.

After the neglect of the last few months, it only seems fair that the house and garden should get some attention. Summer is a time when our family entertains a lot. I begin to see the house through my guests’ eyes and it leads to my discovering things that I had not noticed for a couple of months. When did our windows get so dirty? Why is the lawn looking so brown?  What color is the carpet in my child’s room?

The lists and burst of energy to get the house in tip-top shape (or at least improved) follow.

If the Spring Cleaning Bug has yet to hit you, you may consider yourself fortunate. If, on the other hand, you are hoping to expose yourself to the Spring Cleaning Bug, I will share a few of my favorite ways to get “infected:”

  • Home Magazines. Home magazines are my favorite secret luxuries. I load up on them at airports and always come back home armed with a couple of ideas to spiff things up a bit.
  • A visit to the nursery at this time of year can be very inspiring. Just make sure you also plan for the planting. There is nothing worse than a carload of fresh plants that never get planted!
  • A visit to a Botanic Garden is inspiring and educational. My local Botanic Garden has a nursery attached, a very convenient stop indeed.
  • Home tours. I make it a point to go on a home tour or two every year and love the inspiration it gives me to “rethink” my own living space.
  • Invite a designer over for a consultation. Some designers will give you a quick consultation that can give you a road-map for a spring or summer project.
  • Indulge yourself with the Home Channel. There is a program for every taste.
  • Home and Garden Shows: These are often very sales oriented, but they can be interesting too and are a good start to bigger projects.

Last but not least, think about how much better things will be with the improvements you can make. Maybe your child will put his/her clothes in a hamper you buy instead of throwing them on the floor. Maybe you will like your clothes more if you can actually see them. Maybe you will be happier coming home every evening if the garage is not so cluttered. You get my point. Focus on the goal and reward of the work.

And happy spring cleaning!

[AUTHOR: Hilary Doubleday]


April 21, 2015

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