Friday, April 7, 2017

Celebrate: Spring Cleaning & Giveaways!

It's that time of the year again. Spring! Birds chirping. Flowers blooming. Blankets and winter coats going in storage. It's a time that makes you open the windows, let in the sun and then--YIKES!--you see what your house really looks like.

How did it get so dirty??

So guess what I was doing this week?  Cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning.

Ugh. I'm tired. Muscles I haven't exercised in ages are killing me. My nails are chipped, grimy shadows of their former selves. My lower back is sending out SOS signals and begging for pain meds. I swear there were corners in some rooms that looked like alien landscapes. It was so bad I ran out of detergent. Twice! 

The thing I'm celebrating is that when I finally finish, I'll be so happy with my fresh, clean apartment! I'm not there yet, but I'm dreaming of it ...

Do you do Spring Cleaning every year or have to re-organize things?  What's the easiest job? Do you have one you really hate?

New Member for Celebrate--Update Your Blog Rolls:
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Julie is welcome back whenever she finds the time!

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
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Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

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Dr. Theda said...

cleaning and re-organizing things now... working around the area in which there is a black widow spider... got its webbing and egg-sack with a handful of papers... recently came inside (to nest)... Best wishes and Hello from Marshville to you and yours, dear Lady Lexa

Lynda R Young said...

Ah, the dream of clean...

Thank you so much for spreading the word about my free gift. Hugely appreciated!!

Kate Larkindale said...

I feel like I've been spring cleaning constantly for weeks! Hopefully someone will buy the house soon so I can let it get back to its comfortable slovenliness until we move out and have to clean it all up for the new peeps.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for mentioning my book!
I don't think we really do a spring cleaning. We'll tackle a room every couple months, but otherwise we are scary clean people.

JeffO said...

I suppose if we kept up with the cleaning the rest of the year, spring cleaning wouldn't be such a chore. Good luck!

Erika Beebe said...

I am feeling the urge to do a bit of spring cleaning too. I think I'll need to tackle the file cabinet first and maybe buy a new one. The kid's school work and art stuff is getting out of control and i need to organize it before I lose something great. Lots of cool free stuff! I wish you luck. I don't like sore muscles either. :)

Birgit said...

I am feeling the need to clean! It just happens during the A to Z so the A to Z wins out:) I have to organize things as well and feel the need to purge

Natalie Aguirre said...

Please come clean my house too. I'm too busy with work and co-producing a play. Glad you got yours so clean.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Right now I need to do that with my closet and I'm not looking forward to it.

Carol Kilgore said...

My mother did spring cleaning every year. Her home was always cleaner than mine has ever been :)

Happy Friday!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I haven't properly cleaned in a few years, and it was showing. I started cleaning last week. It took me a week to get through a room, but it's cleaned and uncluttered from floor to ceiling-- I even flipped mattresses. I know, it could be a sign of the apocalypse.

I also started Bloodwalker. Loving it! Told my husband to read it.

Decadent Kane said...

I just generally dislike cleaning, spring or otherwise.
I'll be back to small things after April's A-z challenge <3

Have a great Friday!

Stephen Hayes said...

Our spring cleaning is erratic at best. The job I hate most is mopping the floors.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

So sorry spring cleaning is giving you fits. That can happen. Should we all celebrate it's only once a year?

messymimi said...

No spring cleaning here, i have to keep up year 'round instead. It's easier in some ways and harder in others. Enjoy your beautiful, clean place!

Sue Bursztynski said...

Just cleaned out my pantry, but it was for Passover. My fridge could do with a thawing and wash. But it's not spring here, so what I do is term break cleaning.

Unknown said...

I hate Spring cleaning. I try to do a little every week so it doesn't get so bad.


Tyrean Martinson said...

Happy Spring!
I am more of a fall to Chrismas cleaner (my mom had this idea that the house had to be perfect for Christmas day so we spent three months prepping for that from basement to attic, floor to ceiling). I do like to clean out closets in the spring and summer.

Kim Lajevardi said...

I do not spring clean. I think about it every year if that counts. ANy chance you want ot come over here and get it going for me? ;)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

A clean house is always nice, but it gets dirty again. :) I just clean whenever it gets so messy I'm embarrassed. Just cleaned a room today that needed it desperately. Looks great.

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Hmm spring cleaning - no don't think I've ever heard of that - or cleaning to come to think of it ... oh if only!!!!! Hate doing it but of course we all try to - I'm currently spring cleaning my garden and enjoying it much better than doing housework :) Hope you can see the end in sight and then you can relax for another year! Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

cleemckenzie said...

I wasn't going to do any spring cleaning, but now you've made me feel GUILTY! Okay, chipped nails, grubby jeans and scouring pads here I come. Or, maybe I'll just update my blogroll.

DMS said...

I plan to spring clean- but I haven't started yet. It is just getting to be springlike weather here now. I look forward to going room by room and cleaning out cupboards and closets and cleaning. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me, but doing room by room helps. Also- I really should clean my windows. I noticed how grimy they look recently and realized I have never washed them. My mom used to do it every spring and fall growing up. I have no idea how she fit that in!

Good luck with your cleaning!

T. Drecker said...

Good for you! You definitely earned a moment to lean back and enjoy. I noticed yesterday that there are several 'corners' I haven't visited in our house in awhile and am planning on hacking away at every day. See if it works :)

Rhonda Albom said...

My big annual spring cleaning is the garage. Every spring we clean it out and vow to keep it that way, but by the next year it is filled with crap. Lucky for me it is autumn in the southern hemisphere, so I have plenty of time before the clean.

Cathy Kennedy said...


The things I'm celebrating is DH's continued healing from his retina re-attachment surgery. This Thursday will make three weeks post op. He's doing well but he's facing at least two more surgeries in that eye before the year ends, though. It's just gonna be one of those crazy years for us.

I used to have a "spring cleaning" routine when the kids were at home set when we took Easter week off but now that those days are behind me I just clean as needed. Waiting for spring or fall cleaning to roll around means you can have a monstrous pile of work to do which is no fun. It does give you a good feeling once the heavy work is all done. Every time I think of spring cleaning I think of when I was a small and my mom would hang my bedding on the clothesline to air dry. There's something magical about the scent of laundry dried outdoors. I wish I had a place to hang our stuff outside. :D Have a good week and thanks for popping in on Friday. I'm a bit behind but I made it over finally! ;)

~Curious as a Cathy
#AprilA2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Ah, spring cleaning. It's so hard to get motivated, but the payoff at the end is worth it. Enjoy you bright and shiny apartment, Lexa! It doesn't feel like spring here yet. Perhaps that's why I haven't got the cleaning bug. What I'm dreading most...washing the windows!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I get the urge to do a major clear out and clean up every spring, and again in January after Christmas. But since we just recently moved, that's all done for now. Getting rid of stuff is the best feeling in the world!

LD Masterson said...

I tend to fall into re-org projects. Need some place to put this so I have to clean out that and then there's these new thing I have to find a spot for, and so on.

But cleaning never sneaks up on my that way. Have to force myself every step.

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