Washing Away the Winter Blues

I don’t know about you but I am SO over winter.  It’s funny because winter is one of my favorite seasons, however, it seems that once the cold, rainy months of January and February hit, I’m ready to move on!

This year is no different.  No more cold, rainy days for this girl please.  I am ready to welcome the sunshine and warmer weather.  I am ready to hear the birds chirp and the bees buzz.  I am ready for spring!  Who’s with me?

One perk to being a teacher is definitely the fact that I am currently off this week for Spring Break.  While my hopes are to relax, I know that isn’t likely to happen.  With grad school coming to a close, my maternity leave soon to start, and the upcoming arrival of our baby boy fast approaching, I’ve just got too much that needs to get done when I’ve got this much time off.  However, regardless of the fact that I really need to finish up grad school projects and get a head start on my sub plans, I’ve got one thing on my mind that keeps pushing its way to the top of my to-do list: spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning can be a number of things.  To some, it is simply getting down and dirty to scrub your house from floor to ceiling and inside & out. To others, this could also mean a time to purge and re-organize your home. These days, for me, it means the latter.  Right now I just want to go through every room in our house to get rid of the things we don’t use or don’t need and then re-organize it all.  Maybe this is my way of nesting… who knows?!?!  But it is the only thing I feel like doing at this moment.

Two years ago, when I started writing this blog, I did a series in March and April on spring cleaning projects to do around your house, room by room. During that series, I was introduced by a close friend to “green cleaning.” She directed my attention to a book, that I read from cover to cover in one night, and it has changed my life forever!  The book is called Green Clean by Linda Mason Hunter & Mikki Halpin.  It is all about how to void your home of toxic cleaners and supplies and includes recipes for making your own natural household cleaners.  Click the picture below to be learn more about it.

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This year, as I am preparing for our little one, I have discovered another book worth reading: The Honest Life by Jessica Alba.  It is all about how to bring up your children in a healthier environment when today’s world is filled with chemicals.  I learned about the book in a newborn care class we took a couple of weeks ago and have been itching to read it ever since!  I finally broke down and bought it over the weekend.  Today, it has finally arrived and I can’t wait to dive into it as soon as I am finished writing this post!

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So, for any of you new readers out there who may have missed the series or for any seasoned readers who simply want a refresher, I have listed below all of the posts from my spring cleaning series.  Click the link to be redirected to that post.

I’ve also included the list from my Project Organization series that went live that same year in May.  There are tons of great organization ideas and solutions out there.  Don’t be afraid to jump in, get messy, and transform one of your home spaces today!

See you back real soon with some spring decor inspiration for your home! Happy reading!

Crafting a life homemade,

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