The Joy of Spring Cleaning
Last night, I stayed up until two in the morning – and it wasn’t to do a marathon session of “Empire”!
I was up till the wee hours of the morning inside my tiny pantry, which I know doesn’t sound odd to most moms. Spring-cleaning has sprung and I absolutely couldn’t be any happier.
There is just something about this fresh and new time of year that’s electrifying to me when it comes to cleaning.
Messy hanging wrappers…gone.
Dusty jar lid…sparkling clean.
Spring-cleaning isn’t for wimps – and I had the urge to purge, wash, and reorganize. Every jar and little nook. As many of you know my hubby had his knee replaced (his recovery is going great btw) and he just got home yesterday from the rehab facility. Although he’s normally super health conscious (sans nibbling on (too many) sweet treats around 930p) he used his recuperation time in between work and marathon physical therapy sessions to dive into and research all things uber healthy! I was getting regular emails on which spices we need to use, which ones that are not good for you (like garlic and black pepper! Hmmm… Didn’t know that!) and even asked me about our making our own spices. That one’s probably well beyond our time and talent. Anyway, he ordered healthy sweetener substitutes (for coffee, baking, etc.) and instead of putting the bags on the shelves I had to put in adorable canning and storage jars I’ve collected over the years just for an occasion like this!
A few of my favorite spring-cleaning tips:
*You don’t have to spend a fortune. If you spend between $10 and $20, it can make a difference. Use that money to buy new canisters, jars and bowls to organize, plus just seeing something new (or revamped) will give you that happy glow inside and out!
*Do go through all drawers and closests shelves. Have a system where you check the expiration dates, decide if you never use it, and fill a box of giveaways and throw-aways. If you haven’t worn it in a year donate it. Your heart will feel good because those back of the closet pieces could be someone else’s new treasures.
*Bring the smells of spring into it. I love buying Mandarin Ginger dishwashing soap from Whole Foods at this time of the year. It just smells so fresh and new to me, and gets me in the spring-cleaning. Give me a good grapefruit cleaner any day as I smell the freshness, plus I love when everything feels so smooth and clean while also delighting my senses.
*Label your way to a smile. You can find beautiful and inexpensive labels, grab a favorite marker and label away. I went to use my label maker (that I’ve had for probably 15 years). The batteries were corroded and as I had just started to clean and replace them, it was clear to me that this label maker had seen it’s better day and felt more of a hazard then a helpful tool. And I much prefer homemade labels.
*Look for pretty pottery bowls at your local grocery store, school, or pop up stands where children make them and 100% of the money is donated to vital causes. I bought this one for $5 at Whole Foods last week (pic above in poster). You can keep the smaller packets of items in your pantry in there. I love looking at it so much that I’ve walked in my pantry just to look at it about 50 times already this morning! Even my husband and 23 year old son thought it was so beautiful, too, and loved that money goes to help others.
*Splurge on a bottle of Aura Cacia Refreshing Tangerine and Grapefruit Mist (aromatherapy for room and body) for only $4.83. Needless to say, my home (and me) are smelling like spring!
*Finally, it’s time to bring the outside inside. I have gorgeous yellow daffodils, hyacinths and tulips in the house in their eye-popping spring yellows and oranges. Whole Foods and only $4 each for the daffodils and hyacinths (I bought the small plants) and a local grocery store for the tulips for $6.
Give me grapefruit scent, a few yellow flowers and a sponge and I’ve never been happier.
Happy Spring, Moms!
p.s. This morning before I dove into work I dove into my corner cabinet and threw out expired vitamins, supplements, and medicine and wiped down the shelves with delish smelling organic tangerine and grapefruit cleaner. Nothing like organizing + cleaning to give you a mental boost!
p.p.s. I just spotted these crazy cute containers while I’m writing this blog and finding links for you to check out some of the items at the lowest prices. I’m definitely going to check these containers out too!