My bedroom, as you will see from my pics, is in terrible condition. I've been vacationing, then catching up with tons of extra work, so I haven't spent enough time maintaining it. So I've saved this massive spring cleaning project for a Saturday!
QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:
- Clean one shelf, one drawer, or two door shelves in your fridge and in your freezer today. Doing so makes your entire fridge get cleaned out once per month! We can't neglect our weekly chores just because today is a big Spring Cleaning project.
- Tonight when I get back from dinner I will most likely flop onto the couch, tired from Spring cleaning my bedroom. While I watch the inevitable two or more TV shows this evening, I'm going to work on cleaning out my personal email inbox. Is yours as stuffed with unneeded emails as mine?
- If you're Spring Cleaning your bedroom today too, be sure to let yourself celebrate your efforts by sleeping in tomorrow!
- It's the end of the month. Let's take a moment to reflect on our past month. Did we take good care of ourselves? Of our families? Accomplish some goals? Did we read our book club books, write in our journals, give ourselves time to paint or create? Did we work towards living our loveliest lives? What might we change next month?
TODAY'S PROJECT: Spring Cleaning the Master Bedroom
I often refer to my kitchen as the heart of my home or the most important room. But now that I think about it, the bedroom is pretty dang important. I sleep and read in here, and (more on this later), do about half my workday in this room.
This is the way my bedroom looks in the late Spring and throughout summer. I have a blue/silver/white flowery bedspread and pillows, and I've taken down my wintertime heavy burgndy velvet curtains and replaced them with shimmery silvery blue curtains. I'm not very good at making my bed, but I admit when it's made nicely I look forward to bedtime more. And naptime!
Most of my master bedroom will be easy to care for today since I've been dusting and decluttering regularly. I recently replaced hideous old mauve 1980s lamps with these inexpensive Home Depot silver ones.
Vacuuming will be tough though. I have one bed, two pet beds, two lamps, two nightstands, a small clock, a bookshelf, a hope chest, a floor lamp, and an office chair and desk in my bedroom. For regular vacuuming, I just lift up the pet beds and vacuum around things, occasionally vacuuming up crumbs from under my office chair. This is Spring Cleaning though, so I want to move all the furniture to vacuum under it and wipe the baseboards behind everything.
Also, I have a big problem area - my hope chest is littered with my current reading list. My current reading list is a bit out of control. There are only three or four books I'm reaching for at bedtime. The rest are some children's books I need to scan and put away elsewhere, or books from the library I'm researching for possible future Lovely Living University classes.
I really should not have a home office in my bedroom. Supposedly one relaxes and sleeps better without thinking about work. Right now though, I sleep just fine (once I drag myself to bed too-late at night). I live alone, so I'm not sharing a bedroom or bothering anybody else with my whirring desktop computer fans. My playroom gets too much use and enjoyment from nieces and nephews, so I'm not ready to turn it into an office; and I love having two guest bedrooms on offer, not just one. For now, I'll leave things be.
After I'm done vacuuming, dusting baseboards and moving furniture back, I'll dust the wooden furniture. This is Spring Cleaning, so I will want to open up the nightstands, hope chest and desk and sort, declutter, and put things away in an organized fashion. I recently tackled the bookcase and sorted, donated, or sold extra books. This will save me time today - just dust it and move on!
Next I'll want to dust the lamps and clock, wipe down wall switches, dust the ceiling for cobwebs, and use wood cleaner on the front and back sides of the bedroom and master bathroom doors. I just recently put up the curtains, so don't need to worry about laundring them, but I'll take a quick moment to wipe and clean the two bedroom windows and their sills.
I'm saving my closet for another day, and counting my vanity area as part of the bathroom.
I expect my project to take nearly two hours because of all the furniture moving.
I'll finish by burning one of my nice Spring candles, relaxing on my nicely made bed, and contemplating any future improvements I might want to make to the room or its furnishings. I still do not own a headboard for this bed, so need to think about budgeting for that. My mattress and box spring are only a year old, so I won't have to worry about replacing them for many years to come. I'm tempted to put another bookcase in the room, to help with my cluttery hope chest situation. Perhaps I'll allow myself to do that someday when I've removed my home office from this area. Meanwhile, my computer desk is big, ugly and clunky, so I might put saving up for a smaller, prettier replacement a priority for this year.
Are you going to sleep in a restful, decluttered, clean and fresh bedroom tonight?
LOVELY BLOGS: The Glamorous Housewife
"Rediscovering the lost art of homemaking." I am really enjoying this blog right now! "The Glamorous Housewife seeks to teach women how to be inspired and motivated in their daily lives as proud homemakers by using the best tips and tricks from the past to influence our futures, and we try and do it with a large dose of humor because being a housewife should be fun, not drudgery!" Amen, sister.
According to this blog, the Glamorous Housewife takes pride in her role as CEO of the household; knows routines are the foundation of a well-run household; believes fresh flowers are a necessity; and takes care of herself along with her family.
Recent posts include fashion tips, glamorous recipes, ideas for toddler-friendly parties, ideas for how to add simple glamour to your table, and some lovely crafty DIY tips.
LOVELY BOOKS: The Forest Feast for Kids
As a vegetarian who lives near vast woods and has a foresty area in my backyard, I especially enjoyed "The Forest Feast" cookbook. I'm delighted to get ahold of the sequel, a cookbook that teaches kids how to make easy, kid-friendly foods and throw creative parties. This book celebrates "rustic simplicity." Besides the recipes, there are kitchen safety tips and explanations of culinary terms. The photography is gorgeous, too!
LOVELY BOOKS: The Hostess of To-Day
You already know how I adore these vintage homemaking books. This one was published in 1899. There are chapters on Dinners and Luncheons; 5 O'Clock Functions, Evening Collations (whatever those are!), and Chafing Dish Creations. You'll likely enjoy the charming illustrations that appear now and then. Peeking at the recipes, I find them simple and easy to accomplish. It's fascinating glimpsing into what was thought as nice dinner party fare over 115 years ago!
LOVELY GARDEN: Garden Pods
I wanted to show you these odd garden pods. They're quite unusual, and I thought it might be diverting to explore the website a bit. These are very expensive, and I can't imagine why one would want to spend time inside them if you happened to be in a beautiful garden or back yard. Perhaps because of bugs, or if you possessed a severe addiction to modern styles? Let me know what you think of these in the comments below!
LOVELY MOVIES: Love & Friendship
I'm already in the mood for another Jane Austen movie, so I'm eagerly looking forward to this adaptation of "Lady Susan." It premieres in US theaters on May 13, and stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. Can't wait to see their costumes!
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