Anxiously anticipating spring for all of February, I got a little ahead of myself last weekend when the sun came out for two days in a row. I take one day each weekend to unplug from electronic devices and social media and it always surprises me what I fill my time with instead. This time it was spring cleaning!

It all started with a thorough cleaning behind the stove in the kitchen. In order to wipe down the back splash, I had to move the sugar bowl, cinnamon sugar shaker, recipe box, and some other items that somehow just ended up behind the stove.

Jonathan built this shelf from recycled materials, and then modified it to fit in our current home.

When I finished cleaning, I just couldn’t bear the thought of cluttering it back up with these little items so I decided they needed a new home. Turning around I decided to make room for them on my canning shelf.

As I started to re-arrange things on the canning shelf to make room for the new items, I noticed there were a lot of empty jars collecting there. Now it was time to clean and organize the whole shelf! I removed all the empty jars, surprised to notice how much of our canned goods we actually have been using. I make all this canned food, and then it’s easy to feel like we aren’t using it. The empty jars are proof that we really do use our home canned goods!

After wiping everything down, I traded some full jars from storage for the empty jars to restock the shelf. As usual, Cat in the Country had a great time poking her nose in everything I was doing. She thought the empty spaces in the shelf were just the right size for her. She loved playing around on top of the shelf as well! I took the opportunity to snap some cute pictures of her. I did appreciate having a work buddy.

The next day I decided it probably wasn’t going to freeze again (I was wrong!) and it would be safe to put my precious Geranium and Fushia plants that I had been overwintering back outside for some of the lovely sunshine. What resulted was a spring cleaning session in the front yard! One thing always leading to another. After hanging up the baskets, I noticed a lot of moss building up on my other planters, front porch, steps, and even the side of the house. After scrubbing all of those down, I removed the pieces of lattice from around the base of the hydrangeas and replaced them with a thick layer of wood chips. The lattice was placed there to keep the chickens from scratching in the potting soil I had used when I transplanted the hydrangeas to their permanent location. For some reason the chickens are extremely attracted to the little white beads of perlite in the potting soil. I’m hoping they’ll leave the wood chips alone!

Once the yard was spruced up as best I could in this wet, Pacific Northwest region full of moss and mud, I came back inside and decided it was time for the winter decor to come down. Away with the snowmen and out with the bright colored….wait. Hmmmmm. What was I going to do for spring decor? My new curtains I made last summer completely clashed with the purple hibiscus garland I’ve used in previous years. As I pondered my spring decor options I noticed all my curtains were looking a bit dungy so I stripped them all down and into the washer for a freshening!

With the curtains down and in the wash, it looked like a great opportunity to finish my project of shortening my new bamboo blinds. I moved all the furniture to the opposite side of the house to give myself room to work, spread out my tools, and brought the blind down to shorten it. More about that project in another post!

Now that my walls were practically naked, I noticed they were also in need of some cleaning. Out with the scrub brush and some cleaner! Wrapping that up was perfect timing for the dryer to finish up my curtains which I then had to iron before I could hang them back up. As the day went on, one cleaning project led to another until I was completely exhausted and collapsed in my chair in the middle of trying to hem some of my oversized curtains to fit the window. (I don’t know why I didn’t do that a long time ago!) This hemming project was just going to have to wait until another day.

The spring cleaning continues, section by section I will get this house sparkling clean again to match the bright and cheery sunshine that comes with spring. What has the Spring Cleaning Bug inspired you to do this year? I’d love to hear some of your cleaning tips/projects in the comments!

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Carolyn - March 11, 2017 Reply

I loved reading your blog, Suzanne. I’m 69 and think I’ve done well if I manage to just do the routine cleaning! But I did recently take down 4 shelves in my Florida room (sort of like a den I think) because every time I tried to dust them they would fall and break something. They were wooden slats sitting on metal brackets. The problem was with the metal brackets, which would come out of their slots and dump the shelves with their contents on the floor or the shelf below. Anyway, then I decided to move the bookcase from the guest room to the Florida room. That meant emptying the bookcase & dragging it clear across the house. I didn’t want to put all the papers and whatnot back in the bookcase so sorted that, threw some away, put some in files, and kept some for the bookcase. And I moved the tv table (with wheels) into the guest room, having gotten rid of my tv many months ago since I never watched it anyway. The wheels squeaked so loudly that I decided to try putting oil in there to quiet them. That was a success – praise God! And the table is just right for guests to put their suitcase or travel bags on.

    Suzanne Cox - March 21, 2017 Reply

    That’s great! Sounds like you got a lot accomplished with that. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Kim - March 21, 2017 Reply

Spring cleaning is like opening Pandora’s box. One troublesome spot after another, haha 😂

    Suzanne Cox - March 21, 2017 Reply

    LOL! Yes!! One thing leads to another doesn’t it…and it’s never ending! 🙂

Ronda Fuls - March 21, 2017 Reply

Love the canning shelf and your cat look’s perfectly content there.

    Suzanne Cox - March 21, 2017 Reply

    Thank you! My dear husband built that for me shortly after we were married. And then he customized it to be smaller so I could keep it when we moved into our smaller house. <3

Kay - March 21, 2017 Reply

Washing curtains is definitely high on my list to get done soon.

    Suzanne Cox - March 21, 2017 Reply

    Yes! They’re easy to overlook sometimes but they sure do get dirty, just like everything else.

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