I never have time to do much spring cleaning in the spring so thankfully the mood still strikes albeit a few months early - usually in January. I think doing the Eat To the Bottom of the Freezer Challenge this month helps.
Last week I cleaned out every cupboard in the kitchen. My kitchen is small by magazine standards - I know it could be smaller yet but to give you the idea my brother was once working in it and he said: Anita this is a one "backside" kitchen! (that's not quite verbatim since I can't print what he actually said!) It certainly is but that doesn't stop me from stuffing the cupboards full and making it work. Somehow in the fall when I am busy canning not everything gets put away where it should go and eventually I end up with a few of those avalanche cupboards - you know - the ones where everything comes flying out when you open the door.
I really like useful gadgets and tools. Some of the older ones I have already posted on the blog previously. I have a hard time resisting kitchen items like rolling pins, or flour sifters, or measuring cups and spoons. I have a thing for dishes too - I have several sets that I change out every so often. There's a red theme of course! One set is all glass - purchased BEFORE we moved here. I'm back to my red dishes now and they make me smile every time I set the table. I have a few sets of "breakfast plates and bowls" with nostalgic scenes of chubby-faced children eating Rice Krispies. When children come to visit I use those dishes and they are usually quite excited about them.
I am switching as many storage containers over to glass as I can. I've never been a fan of plastic - somehow it never feels clean to me. I love glass everything and that's not necessarily a match made in heaven for someone with hard water since it makes for spotty dishes if you don't dry them right away. Oh well.
My cupboards are getting a paint job in the next few weeks - my daughter has offered to help since we're doing inside and out which is a messy project. She's a great painter and I am looking forward to a freshened up kitchen.
Yesterday in my continuing rampage of cleaning I tackled the master bedroom. It's a bit of a joke in this house because most people in new houses have closets bigger than our bedroom. It just fits the bed and a desk and room to get in. No closets, no extra anything. I've always stored things under the bed in an attempt to make good use of the space but a few nights ago I was awakened to a symphony. One man snoring. One dog snoring. One mouse under the bed chewing on something. GREAT. It's rather disconcerting to hear hurry-scurry two feet away from your head!! I made up my mind right then that I was going to remove the basket under the bed and do some cleaning. The carpet has always bothered me in this room because of my allergies and it's advanced age so out it came piece by piece as my daughter and I manoeuvred around the furniture. There's some really cool tiles under the carpet so they will do just fine for a few years...and MUCH better - nothing for the mice to chew on at least it was quiet last night anyway!
I guess it's that nesting snuggle-down-in-the-warmth-of-hearth-and-home feeling that sets off these mid-winter clean ups. It's a good feeling to accomplish things when the weather is not calling me to be outside. If I keep it up at this pace I'll have everything on my long-to-do-list done before spring but then again there's always time for another cup of tea.
How's your Challenge going?? Has it spurred you on to cleaning too? Maybe I'm just the odd-ball!