spring cleaning

It's Time for a Spring Clean Up!

Photo by  Jennifer Burk  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jennifer Burk on Unsplash

I left the house without a coat today and I felt naked! Spring is one of my favorite times of year (right behind Fall) because we have birds chirping again, flowers springing and the smell of a fresh mown lawn. I like Spring as well because it is a time of rebirth and renewal. So, grab some of that spring energy and bring it into your home. I'm diving into this even deeper on the podcast. If you are on iTunes take a listen and make sure you subscribe to receive new podcasts when they go live.

One part of Spring is definitely spring cleaning! Except, I'm going to scale it back a bit. I think spring cleaning is so overwhelming because they idea of cleaning out the whole house and tackling all the dust bunnies is just too much. Instead what I suggest is you pick a room to focus on. One that maybe has been neglected. I recently went through and thoroughly cleaned my kitchen. It took a little bit longer then I thought, but that was because I tackled it in 20 minute increments. I don't have a day to devote to cleaning the kitchen and so I broke it down to small tasks over time. Now the kitchen is clean and it has been styled. I enjoy spending time in there and cooking. One of the biggest changes I made was to take down the heavy curtain and hang a sheer curtain to let in the light. I did end up putting up some glazed plastic because there is a lot of neighbor traffic and I wanted some privacy. But now there is so much more light! 

That leads me to my next bit of spring cleaning. Swap out some of your heavier decor items for something brighter and lighter. It doesn't have to be throughout the whole house, but pick a room and lighten it up for spring. Swap out one of your living room pillows for a bright geometric or floral pattern. You don't have to go crazy and redo the whole room, but give it a refresh. It may make you fall in love with your home again. 

 

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Kitchen Home Improvement: Figuring out what I need/want

Pinterest board of images for kitchen remodel and kitchen decor

I freely admit that I have fallen behind! I have half of my kitchen cabinets cleaned out and decluttered and I need to do the other half. Here's a little background information on what I'm doing. 

In order to continue to avoid cleaning I'm going to day dream about things I want in my kitchen. I'd love to have a tray right next to the stove with a nice salt and pepper grinder and oil canister. I really need some new lighting in the kitchen, but I also know that the ceiling was painted around the existing fixture so I need to make sure whatever I pick hides that. I'm also on a super tight budget! 

For today, I'm going to keep cleaning and focus on my to do list. 

  • Clean out and declutter all of the cabinets 
  • Hang window film in window
  • Get plants (I'm making a few hanging plant holders in my pottery class). I'll need to figure out what plants will work in little light. 
  • Get new kitchen stoppers (mine are broken)
  • Get a garbage can and recycling bin combo that fit in the space. My garbage can is too big for the kitchen. I can't open the pantry door without moving it and I have to have a brown paper bag for all the recycling items. I'd like to find something smaller that fits the space and can hold both recycling and garbage. 
  • Maybe paint....
  • Get better under the cabinet lights for over the sink. 
  • Look at lighting options (this may be outside of my budget but I'd like to see if I could get more light in this room). 
  • Get a soap dispenser for the dish soap 
  • Style the counters with useful and pretty items
  • Add art to the kitchen

Completed

  • Hem Curtains

Hmmm. I need to get going on that list. 

I'll check in next week. 

If you want to follow along on Instagram you can find me here and tag #meanderingdesignchallenge

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Inspired Kitchen Design: Now the hard work begins #meanderingdesignchallenge

Pinterest board of images with kitchen decor ideas like adding orange, plants, and countertop items

I'm changing up this hashtag because someone else started using the other hashtag! So if you want to follow along or have questions feel free to tag #meanderingdesignchallenge and follow along on instagram

This last week I've spent dreaming about what type of kitchen I would like, well within the constraints of my actual kitchen! Looking over my pinterest board I can see some themes. 

I'm drawn to natural materials, such as wood, plants and ceramics (good thing I'm taking a pottery class!). I love some of the styling moments I found, but I also don't like a lot of clutter on the countertops. 

Notepad with ideas for a kitchen decor remodel

I want to bring in some hanging plants, clear off the counters of clutter, have a few styled moments on the counter that are functional and pretty. I want a place for my kitchen utensils that I use frequently, for my oil can and my salt and pepper. I'd like to have at hand the things I use often. My inspiration is definitely things handmade and natural. The first step is to go through my kitchen and see what I have that will fit those needs. Then I'll make a list of the things I want.

I also made a list of things to do. There are quite a few things that need to be fixed in my kitchen, some things that need to work better and the list of pretty things I want. 

To do list: 

  • Clean out and declutter all of the cabinets (more on this later)
  • Hang window film in window
  • Hem curtain
  • Get plants (I'm making a few hanging plant holders in my pottery class). I'll need to figure out what plants will work in little light. 
  • Get new kitchen stoppers (mine are broken)
  • Get a garbage can and recycling bin combo that fit in the space. My garbage can is too big for the kitchen. I can't open the pantry door without moving it and I have to have a brown paper bag for all the recycling items. I'd like to find something smaller that fits the space and can hold both recycling and garbage. 
  • Maybe paint....
  • Get better under the cabinet lights for over the sink. 
  • Look at lighting options (this may be outside of my budget but I'd like to see if I could get more light in this room). 
  • Get a soap dispenser for the dish soap 
  • Style the counters with useful and pretty items
  • Add art to the kitchen

Phew that's a lot. The biggest item on this list is to clear out all of the cabinets. I remember as a kid that every year we would go to my grandparents summer place and take everything out of the cabinets, wash the cabinets inside and out and then wash everything before putting it back in its place. Now, you don't necessarily need to do this every year but I recommend doing it every few years because kitchens get messy and it helps you see what you have in your home. 

I recommend starting at one end of the kitchen and doing a cabinet a day. It takes 20-30 minutes per cabinet and saving it all up for one day can be exhausting. Take everything out of the cabinets, wash everything and when you go to put it all back reevaluate if you need it. Also, make sure the items are working where you have them. I currently have my tupperware tucked in among my dishes and it is not working for me so I want to find a better home for them. 

For the next couple of weeks I'm going to be focused on cleaning out my kitchen. I'm going to save my pantry for after this month because it is going to need a design challenge of its own. 

 

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