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Spring Cleaning and renewed vigor to declutter!

I started pulling up my bootstraps after having feeling a bit deflated on Monday. Our clutter hid an important letter that I uncovered too late. It showed me that although we have come a long way our journey is far from complete. Paperwork and small memory clutter still needs addressing. So in the time-honoured tradition of spring cleaning I am digging in with fever.

Our living room/dining room curtains were washed and re-hung wet. I sprinkled the area rug in the living room with baking soda and vacuumed up after 20 minutes to deodorize it. I replaced our “well past it’s prime” loonie store shower curtain with a lovely Ikea shower curtain. It’s #2 plastic and apparently doesn’t have the same fumes as regular shower curtains. I guess I love white squares. I cut off the bottom of our old curtain because it had magnets and recycled the rest of it.

Our couches and chairs have removable covers (Ikea again) so even though the tags say not to wash them I put them on handwash to remove all the little bits of kid yuck on them. The key is to put them back on wet and to use clothes pins to keep the bottoms straight. They won’t look perfect. They might even be a little wrinkly but it will help the covers last us a bit longer.

Some plastic hangers etc… were picked up by the Diabetes Association. We don’t need as many hangers since the start of Project 333. If and when more are needed I will buy wooden ones. Preferably second-hand.

Toys were given to a family with a brand-new baby. We have so much and our baby isn’t a baby anymore. Reality is he will be two on Cinco De Mayo and very much a (gulp) toddler. Giving away some of the kids toys doesn’t take anything from them. If anything it gives them more room to play.There is plenty of spring cleaning to go but this is my start.

And right off topic but…

Our green cone has had some random animals trying to dig around it. They haven’t gotten it but I came up with an idea. I picked up some free coffee grounds at Starbucks and sprinkled them around the cone. Hopefully it will mask any smell of food. I can’t smell anything but my husband insists that animals can smell better than us.

Remember that Sunday is Earth Day. We will be joining our town’s celebration on Saturday. I will post all about it. What will you be doing to celebrate?


With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. -Lope de Vega

One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in. -Francis Jourdain


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


5 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning and renewed vigor to declutter!

  1. Hi Stephanie:
    I am doing to a screening of the Clean Bin documentary at a local museum. Can’ wait.

    Posted by Susan | April 20, 2012, 6:26 pm


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