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and the spring cleaning continues…

Of course Spring Cleaning never really ends. The sunshine keeps revealing more and more areas that need attention. Today I continued the process. I washed the two curtains in our master bedroom and hung to dry. All of bedding was washed, dried and the bed was made up. It always feels nice to sleep in a freshly made bed. I cleaned up the top of our washer. Unfortunately the dryer is another matter. I scrubbed the top of our fireplace with a bit of vinegar, baking soda, and water. It was time. All of the crap that was on the ledge, and didn’t belong, was relocated. Now I can look up there with pride. The frogs remind me of my grandfather. They were his collection. My 5-year-old painted the angel. The Beatles poster was bought last September by my husband while we were in Las Vegas. We plan to frame both of them.

I have decided never to buy eyeshadow that has a little foam applicator again. They don’t work well and they are destined for a quick journey to the landfill. I use my makeup brushes anyways. My brushes needed cleaning so I soaked them in warm water, brushed them on a bar of soap then rinsed them under the tap. You really don’t need a fancy cleaner for them but if you are sensitive try glycerin soap. A friend whose a makeup artist says they just use shampoo.  I might try rinsing them in a bowl next time to reduce the water use. Leave them to dry on a clean towel so that they stay in a nice shape.

I spent some time finishing up some planting in the front yard. The feel of dirt on my hands and water on my feet reminds me of my childhood. I like the quote “To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world.” ~Charles Dudley Warner. Simple things like poking at a wood fire and enjoying the sunshine while gardening are some of my greatest memories.

Decluttering is happening in my two-year olds closet. We are well on our way to having only 33 clothing items for him. A few days ago I removed 3 bags of clothes from his closet. Right now the count is around 50 (not including underwear, socks but including hats, jackets and shoes). I will post the final count in a few days.


The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~Hans Hofmann, Introduction to the Bootstrap, 1993
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ~Lin Yutang


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.


2 thoughts on “and the spring cleaning continues…

  1. Stephanie, I’m so impressed with your cleaning and your attitude. Plus, I have the exact same angel and mantle. : ) Your curtains look divine and I agree completely that it’s the simple things that provide the most enjoyment. Can’t wait to read more!

    Posted by Christine@100things100days | May 7, 2012, 6:51 am
    • Thanks Christine, it’s been a long journey (2.5 years) of decluttering to get to where we are. We still have a bit to go but I try to celebrate the small accomplishments. I wasn’t a hoarder but I sure had too many of many items. So you know how I feel about my angel. I love it! Who needs reproduced art?

      Posted by stephanieough | May 7, 2012, 8:07 am

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