Spring Cleaning is Here!

Image Credit: Stellan Herner, Skarp Agent

It’s true, friends – spring is right around the corner. And you know what spring means? Spring cleaning, which happens to be one of my favorite annual activities. No, I’m not a serial cleaner during the year, but there’s just something so lovely about that season where you’re forced to open your doors and windows, air out the home and unclutter a winter’s worth of excess.

Such a fresh, freeing activity, yes? Tell me, how many of you plan to spring clean this year? Anyone planning any serious renovation projects while you’re at it?

I’d love to hear all about them in the comment section. In the mean time, remember the old adage (that has become my decorating motto in recent months!): A place for everything and everything in its place.

Happy cleaning, friends!

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Chasing the Light

Ugh.  I'm still full.

What a wonderful holiday weekend!  But I am the first to admit I have over indulged and it isn't even December yet!  I'm feeling heavy and stuffed and my feet are dragging.  Add in the darkness that settles into the corners of our days here in New England as early as 3:00 in the afternoon and I might as well skip the rest of the holidays and go to bed from now until June.

Thankfully, I found some really inspiring photos this morning from a fantastic photographer, James Merrell.  The spaces are light-filled and airy – both things I can appreciate in my post Turkey-day stupor.


Can we talk for just a moment about that installation above the fireplace?  I feel like I have seen it somewhere before but I can't put my finger on it.  Wherever the trend stems from, I absolutely adore it.  it combines my love for everyday snapshots with an unexpectedly simple display concept to create a larger piece that is modern, fresh and yet still personal.


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Everything but the kitchen sink – utensil caddies

Before I got married, I didn't even know how to make a grilled cheese…I know…ridiculous.  Now, three years in, I would consider myself a pretty good cook…this is mostly in part to an unhealthy obsession with cook books but can also be traced to my love of kitchen utensils and gadgets.  In our house the rule is if you don't use it, you lose it…so the fact that the picture below shows such a diverse range of kitchen utensils MUST mean that I've graduated from grilled cheese to at least something requiring a whisk, ladle, one of those skiimmer things and a mulitute of spoons and spatulas…right?

Well, it turns out that for me to work best, I need my tools handy.  Thus, we keep our long handled kitchen tools in a caddy on the counter as I am sure many people do.  My husband brought this caddy into our marriage and I am glad he did because there is nothing more frustrating than trying to quickly get a spoon or spatula out of the caddy and having the handles get stuck and end up dragging the entire caddy down the counter while you burn your French Toast.

Unfortunately, I have no idea where our wooden caddy came from…fortunately, I've found some other fun options out there that would look none too shabby on even the best looking kitchen counters.


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Why I’ll Never Hire a Housekeeper

Ever since I was a little girl, the epitome of success was whether or not your home had a hired housekeeper. I'm not sure where the conception began, as now, I can think of at least twenty better depictions of success that don't involve a dustpan and broom. And although one of my life rules is to "Never say never!", I have a feeling housekeeping is a service I'll forever forgo.

Here's why:
1. It may be the only exercise I get.
It's true; I'm the laziest gal you'll meet. Aside from my daily yoga, my idea of exercise is a trip to Target. In my car. But hey! I'm getting out! And walking aisles! That's got to burn calories, yes? No. But what does burn calories? Vacuuming. Dusting. Laundry, scrubbing floors and washing dishes.

2. The pre-cleaning phase amazes me.
I have many family members who employ regular housekeepers, and I find that the routine is always the same: they clean so their housekeeper can clean. Yes. It's true. They like to call it "pre-cleaning": the stage where you de-clutter, sort and fold so the housekeeper can get to the real work. To me, this seems insane. Why not take it one step further and throw a sponge on the counter since you're already focused on the task?

3. I love a challenge.
For me, life is about two things: doing what you love, and doing what you love to hate. Cleaning falls into the latter category for me, as there's nothing that I despise more than dusty, allergy-induced Saturday mornings when I'd rather be brunching. Yet I have to admit: I get the craziest rush from cleaning my home. Sure, I'm exhausted after a marathon cleaning session and never want to see a rubber glove again, but the feeling of accomplishment that follows is not unlike climbing Mount Everest for me. It's an adrenaline rush I'd miss if I simply handed over the mundane task to someone undoubtedly more capable.

So, what about you? Do you currently have a housekeeper? Would you ever hire one: why or why not?

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