Spring Cleaning Prep

Today was supposed to be a “me” day.  I had the day off work and some fun money to buy a few new items for my closet.  I was super excited so of course L woke up with pink eye.  No daycare for her and my trip to the mall was replaced with a visit to the doctor’s office.

At least being at home all day forced me to be somewhat productive.  And when I say somewhat productive, what I actually mean is that I made a plan to be productive.  I documented, room-by-room, everything that I want to accomplish as part of my spring cleaning.

The list is quite long and very daunting but I feel like it at least gives me a starting point.

Some of the top items on my list?

  • Do a general tidy of each room – so much stuff seems to have accumulated over the winter and all of these items either need a new home or a place in the trash.
  • Clean out closets – get rid of any clothes/shoes/accessories that don’t fit/haven’t been worn in a while and take inventory of what the girls need for the warmer weather.
  • Overhaul our toy storage system – with the new storage in E’s room and the extra space in the basement, I can start moving toys out of the living room.
  • Clean the car – after the snowy/slushy/salty winter we had, the car is a mess – inside and out.  Maybe I can pawn this one off on M?
  • Do some serious cleaning – I am not looking forward to this one but windows need to be washed, baseboards need to be scrubbed, and dust bunnies need to be swept from corners.

What about you?  What is making the top of your spring cleaning list?  Any tips on getting things done?

Reno Update: Phase 1 Complete (plus a little something extra in the back)

We are making progress on our home renovations which is very exciting!  This past week, people came in to do some waterproofing.  As I’ve mentioned before, we have some dampness in the back corner of our basement whenever it rains.  I wanted to do some work in the basement but not before the water issue was fixed.  The last thing I wanted was to dump $30,000 into updating the space only to have it ruined after a wet winter!

We met with a few different companies and decided it was best to do exterior waterproofing and also install a sump pump.

The project took about 4 days and cost $7,000.  Don’t you just hate these projects that are super expensive (but necessary!) and add no aesthetic value to your home?

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After the waterproofing was complete

Up next is phase 2 of our renos: replacing drywall, removing the carpet, installing laminate and a design overhaul of the space.

To get ready for this, we had to start clearing out the space.  I was beyond overwhelmed but we made great progress with the playroom and the guest room (which was more of a storage space).

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Playroom before

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Playroom after

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‘Guest room’ before

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‘Guest room’ after (you can actually see the bed!)

We got rid of a lot of stuff… hopefully our local thrift store was happy when we dropped it all off!

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All the stuff we got rid of

Now we can get our contractor in to start on the inside work!

As for the little something extra in the back?  We have a new fence!  A new neighbour moved in during the summer and he is doing a ton of work in the house next door.  One of the items on his to-do list was to clean up his backyard which M and I were thankful for… it was a total mess!

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Fence before

Now we have new wooden fence that only cost us $700 and we didn’t need to do any of the labour 🙂

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Fence after

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Closet Purge

The ‘stuff’ purge was a huge success.  In the end, I had a carload of stuff for Value Village: 3 garbage bags of clothes/accessories, 2 boxes of household items and 1 bag of toys.

Knowing that my house will be freed of these items certainly has me smiling but I am most proud of my closet purge.  I was absolutely ruthless.

I try to go through my clothes about twice a year to get rid of items that are just taking up space.  My issue is that I don’t want to take the chance that I won’t need an item in the future.  Sure, it hasn’t been worn in over a year and a half but that doesn’t mean I won’t have the opportunity to wear it soon!

This time around I developed some guidelines and did my best to stick to them:

  • Has the item been worn in the past 6 months? Past year?
  • Does the item still fit in all the necessary places and still feel comfortable?
  • Is the item appropriate to be worn out in public during the day (i.e., not too short/tight/revealing)?
  • Does the item have multiple forms of wear-age (i.e., across seasons or to work and on the weekends)?

Thanks to my criteria, here is what I ended up purging:

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  • 8 dresses
  • 8 pairs of pants
  • 4 skirts
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 7 sweaters/cardigans
  • 25 tops

On top of that, there were also 2 pairs of boots, 6 pairs of shoes and 2 coats.  And yes, I still have plenty of clothes left in my wardrobe.  Additionally, now I have quite a bit of room for when the new spring and summer clothes come out 🙂