Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spring Purge: A Fresh Start


I don't know what it was..but with the first few days of Spring-like weather, I snapped out of my Winter hibernation coma and felt an overwhelming urge to "clean house". I mean really clear out. I just needed all the excess gone immediately. 

I am definitely undergoing a personal transformation lately, since becoming a Mother and settling into my "grown-up" life after this past year of moving, having my husband deployed to Iraq, being pregnant/having a baby, permanently living in the same city/state and under the same roof as my husband for the first time in 6 years, and writing my thesis and graduating with a Ph.D...all at the same time.  Phew!

I've felt so at peace lately, really for the first time in my life, as I've been plagued with horrible anxiety as long as I can remember and debilitating depression the past 5+ years.  I'm finally learning how to go through my days focused on gratitude for this amazing life I've been blessed with.

So now I'm really ready to move on, get rid of the baggage from my old life, and make a fresh start.

The process has been so challenging and rewarding so far. Up to this point, I've mainly worked on growing my Faith and changing my mindset. Now that I've made some progress, I'm starting to take stock of the remaining obstacles.  And I realized something that is really holding me back is all the clutter in my life.

It was as if I woke up and could suddenly feel the full weight of it all. I didn't feel stressed about it, as I normally would. I actually felt at peace. I just don't want to go through life anymore with anything that doesn't bring me joy.

Now I only want things in my life that I truly NEED or LOVE in a clean, organized space.

Here are the main areas I want to work on:

1. Master bedroom closet and dresser
2. Linen Closet
3. Bathroom Cabinets
4. Pantry
5. Coat Closet
6. Guest Bedroom Closets
7. Nursery: closet and dresser
8. Office Area
9. Pantry, Fridge, Freezer
10. Office Area
11. Basement
12. Junk Drawers and Kitchen Cabinets
13. And finally, the dreaded Storage Area. (I'm going to have to break this down into smaller projects.)

With a busy 8 month old, I don't know how quickly I'll be able to get through the list. But I'm not going put too much pressure on myself. I'll be sharing my process and progress with you...what I'm doing and what I'm learning as I go. Hopefully, I'll provide some inspiration for you to join me!

First up this week...Master Bedroom!


Brittany Tally said...

Oh I know I've totally caught the spring bug. I just feel... lighter. If that makes sense. I started my spring cleaning as well. Surprisingly I'm not feeling overwhelmed like I thought I might. I just feel really excited for my house to feel fresh and re-newed! I have accepted the fact that it will take me weeks if not moths to clean and dig out my whole house, but it will be worth it and it REALLY needs it! This is the kind of cleaning I do once a year or some things I'm embarrassed to say have never been done. Good Luck, T! I'm right there with ya!

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