Spring Decor: Just Clean the House

Want to know something? Me too.

I want to know how I can get my house clean, without having to clean it.  That is what I want to know.  I want to know how I can be that gal with a nice tidy house, no dust, toys in cute baskets that coordinate with my decor, a shiny floor, the best new lighting, and draperies that fit right into my Pottery Barn theme. Ehh-hem.

I am not that gal.  I would love to see that gal, raise 4 kids and clean her own house, and cook all their food, and also work outside the home. Yep.  I would love to see that. Because then, I could tell that girl to sit down!! She is killing herself trying to make her life look like a stage-set design shoot of a magazine…not a real life.  I am trying though.  Trying to get house-proud…

new blinds

New Blinds…the opposite of blind- I can finally see to the outside!

Don’t get me wrong and think I am a hater.  I am decidedly NOT a hater.  In fact, I very much love Pottery Barn and all the catalogs brimming with inspiration for what my life could look like if money, time, kids, and life in general were no object…I like to find great ideas to try to make my house more homey and also a more comfortable space for my family to enjoy being in.

Yes, that means that I love Pinterest:

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There are project-ideas that I have wanted to do since we moved into our house 4 years ago and still haven’t done!  There are so many that it can seem overwhelming to even start.

So….When I feel overwhelmed by all the time a project will take, how much money it will cost, and when I will be able to actually work on the project…I just clean.

before and after

Why? Because I want to spruce up my house, but I may not have the time or money- so the best way to enjoy my own house is just to clean it.    I told you, it takes a lot to make me clean. I of course do regular surface cleaning, but a deep clean?  Either people have to come visit, so I feel the need to really clean up before they come, or there are times I need to feel productive in some way, by completely clearing the clutter and dirt out of one space (like my spare room that is now another closet!)

I need to Clear the Clutter!

Please no judgement~ This may take some time…

A thorough cleaning, from top to bottom, and de-cluttering of the junk as I go…can make a room seem new to me without spending money at all.

new room!

This is literally the SAME room as the picture above…I have clutter and this is where I hide it!

I have done dedicated de-cluttering, a going through the closets a few times, and continue to do it all year long.  I have also done a really big, pre-holiday deep clean, that led to the worst, best, ceiling-caving-in disaster!

So now I am entering a Spring Cleaning phase…something to motivate me, and get me loving my house again!

What are you doing to LOVE your house? Inspire us, and tell me in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Spring Decor: Just Clean the House

  1. Anne

    Have you heard about the Konmari Method of cleaning? Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up. I’m about to start this process, I just have to make it through the weekend and getting my parents moved and then it’s time to begin my tidying journey!

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