Wednesday, March 25, 2009

*Spring Cleaning* Continued...

Ok...so I am STILL at it. Yesterday didn't go as planned...instead of completing the Master Bath and laundry, I ended up working on the office area, the living room, taking the boys outside to play for an hour, and then made a trip to Walmart after my hubby came home from work. I only choose Walmart when we need toiletries and household supplies (on top of groceries), because I find the prices at our local Walmart to be lower than Publix or Target. Funny thing about Walmart...it seems to be like a black hole of time that sucks you in and spits you out 3 hours later, yet it seems as if you've only been shopping for 30 minutes, or so. This actually happened to me last night...it was one of those weeks where we were out of EVERYTHING, not to mention that Sunday is my *baby's* 2nd birthday, so I was also shopping for the celebration, and I ended up coming home 3 hours after I had first left the house...INSANE!!! So today will be the Master Bath and the laundry...they are the last 2 steps before I begin my deep clean. I am enlisting the help of my two oldest to finish the laundry. They are required to help with the towels and their own clothes...sorting, folding, and putting them away. Tomorrow will be a day off from cleaning due to my 3 year-old's Physical Therapy appointment, and my 5 year-old's Dental appointment...still a very busy day. Too bad I don't feel like this about laundry...it would make for a much more enjoyable day. ;) My 3 year-old was up most of the night, so he and I are both running on very little sleep today...NOT a good thing at all.
I am making a lot of progress, which feels really good. Luckily the rooms weren't in that bad of condition, because I did this right before the Holidays, and kept up with it pretty well...maintaining is the key. Thank you for all the encouraging posts! I will get back to blogging fashion related topics, as well as styling new sets soon...I finally see the light at the end of my *Spring Cleaning* tunnel, so it won't be too long before my mission is complete. :)

I hope you all have a beautiful day! Do you have anything special planned? Have you decided to start your *Spring Cleaning*? Have you already finished? Please feel free to share your story. :)

24 comments:

  1. I think your blog motivated me to clean my apt tonight. I haven't been living in it for two months since I've been away on clients and it is a MESS. http://isnotfashion.blogspot.com/

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  2. I soo understand about the Walmart black hole. While thinking I've been in there for a few minutes, hours have past and I somehow have 1/3rd of the store's items in my shopping cart. Keep up the good work with the spring cleaning and great idea with *asking* your oldest boys to help!!

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  3. FFM, I am enjoying your blog so much! Thanks for the great blog postings! I cleaned out my closet last night and have made two shopping bags of clothes to donate. I also sorted out clothes by color, which has made getting dressed much easier.

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  4. I, too, understand the "black whole" - although for me it's Target - I go in for 5 items and come out with 25 2 hours later! Your blog is SO inspiring, FFM - keep up the great work. I have a question regarding your clothing closet - how do you organize your clothes? By color, like items together, etc? Just curious - I seem to struggle with what is most efficient and makes the most sense. TIA! Have a great day!

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  5. Oh gee - I meant black "hole", not "whole"! I need another cup of coffee!

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  6. I laughed at my "baby" is turning two!! My son, "baby" will be turning two in April.....sniff,sniff. Im kinda debating on whether or not to do a theme party, or not......

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  7. I don't have time for spring cleaning but I'm going to try and make some time to clean and organize our limited closet space as we have a neighborhood wide garage sale coming up in April. I'm also going to try and fit in that cork board necklace project this weekend from one of your earlier posts.

    Thanks for providing some motivation.

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  8. Good luck with your continued spring cleaning! I am motivated to maybe try doing the jewelry corkboard storage today. We'll see.

    Walmart black hole, lol - so true!

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  9. Dear FFM - after reading your posts about spring cleaning, and also with my mounting frustration with the lack of organization in my closets and bureaus, I have finally decided that it is time that I started my spring cleaning. I am hoping that once I organize my clothes I will feel much better, and then move on to dusting, swiffering, etc! You have inspired me! :-)

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  10. I must must must do spring cleaning this weekend... my boyfriend's sister is coming to visit next week and she will be staying with us, so I want the place to be squeaky-clean! :)

    Good for you on aiming for a hard-core "deep-clean" ... I should really do our baseboards/window frames too, but not sure if that will happen this weekend. Good luck!

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  11. FMM!
    Do you hire out your help with Spring Cleaning? Want to come to the Bay Area, CA for a weekend and help me! I need help! :) I'll pay for your ticket out here then after cleaning we can go shopping in SF ;) I have three small boys and wow... I can hardly get through the day, let alone spring clean. Do you do this twice a year? How long does it take you to do each room? You have INSPIRED me to get going on spring cleaning.... now, where to begin.

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  12. Wal-Mart is a vortex and Target can be on the same order, esp if I stroll through the clothing aisles. Keep cleaning! Sounds like you're doing great.

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  13. Hi Girls! Thanks for stopping by and sharing...I appreciate it, as well as the words of encouragement. :) I'm so happy to hear that so many of you are doing your own versions of Spring Cleaning.

    Elizabeth, this time I arranged my closet by color. Sometimes when I have the extra time I actually arrange by outfit, but this time it's set up by color. :)

    mrs.anketell, thanks for visiting! Our *babies* are at such a fun age! Is he your first?

    Hi mack! I usually do a declutter and deep clean at least twice a year, sometimes more. I'm sure you know from experience how the toys, outgrown clothes, etc.of the little ones can start to overtake the house, so if I don't go through and declutter at least twice a year (always more than that for their rooms) it just gets completely out of hand. I can basically get one room done per day between all the meals, diaper changes, school lessons, and all of my other mommy and wife duties. That's why it's taken me since last Friday to just declutter and organize. I actually have done some consulting for closet clean out and wardrobe styling, but haven't yet done Spring Cleaning for an entire house...maybe I should add it to my list of services. ;)

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  14. That image of the woman doing laundry is priceless! Thanks for sharing!!! :)

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  15. FabulousFloridaMommy- I am ashamed, but I haven't even started mine and I need to do it badly. I don't even know when I'll get to unpack my bags. It's been 3 day since we back and they still stand in the corner. Oh, boy!

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  16. Your blog inspired me to start my own spring cleaning projects...although I do not think I have been as successful as you on the cleaning-front! As for Walmart - I can totally relate - they lure you in with insanely low prices (publix cannot compete with their prices on toilet paper, etc) and they trap you there (often in the line for the pharmacy) for hours on end! And DO NOT EVEN think about leaving without dropping AT LEAST $100.00!

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  17. Oh, FFM, I hope your little boy is okay. As I am familiar with up all night with little babies, I feel for you. Maybe tonight will be better?

    As for cleaning, I get to it, slowly but surely. I think I have been having more fun cleaning out my closets lately because usually it means that some pair of pants don't fit me any longer...woohoo!!!

    Thanks for your tips, they are awesome!

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  18. FFM----Your blog is inspiring, in so many ways! Yes, Jacob is my only baby, as of now, and along with being a full-time mommy, I am also a full-time high school teacher, wife, and shopper:) Thanks for your blog.

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  19. With all-day rain expected in GA today thru Saturday, you've inspired me to get started on my spring cleaning too! See, you've started a trend, FFM! You continue to inspire, even when it's not about styling clothes -- that's what I love about your blog. Plus, it'll feel so good to have the cleaning out of the way when the weather gets nicer.

    All this talk about spring cleaning, shopping bans & shopping our closets has been good and made me really focus on the thought process and questions I ask myself when deciding whether or not to make a clothing purchase. Might be an interesting topic to explore next time. Happy cleaning!

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  20. You are motivating me to clean out my closet as well this weekend. I hope I can get to it, but I know its hard with kids...I have a 4 year old twin boys and the last thing on their mind is cleaning!
    I was wondering how you, and everyone else stores certain clothing items i.e. cardigans, sweaters, etc. I have a ton of Jackie cardigans, but I have them hanging up. I'm wondering if I should keep them folded instead? Also, how do you store your shoes? Do you keep them out on shoe racks or put them in plastic shoe boxes?

    This is a great post, but I'm anxious to see some more of your wonderful outfits!

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  21. I so need to spring clean my closet but between my full time job and school in the evenings I just have a hard time finding the energy to do it. You have inspired me to make the time to do it this weekend. Good luck with the remainder of your cleaning and happy b-day to your sweet little boy!

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  22. Good Morning Girls! I am so thrilled to hear that so many of you have been inspired to start your own spring cleaning! I believe that it is not only good for your home, but also good for your spirit and soul! This entire process has been a cleansing and reguvinating experience for me on a personal and spiritual level...I hope it will be the same for you. :)

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  23. Dina, thank you for the kind words. Wyatt's Cerebral Palsy affects his sleep a lot. Children with CP have an extra difficult time soothing themselves, as well as experiencing a lot of pain during growth spurts. His OT has even suggested that we consider having him tested for night seizures as it has been found that many children with CP do have them mainly at night, and this could be causing his sleep issues. He sleeps the least out of all 4 of my children and that is CP related. I have always been one that requires at least 8 hours of good sleep to function, but have learned over the years to get by on 6 hours or less a night...one of the requirements of be a mommy, as I'm sure you know. :)

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  24. Hi anon @9:43! WOW! 4 year-old twin boys...you are DEFINITELY busy!

    As for cardigans and sweaters...I know that the best way to store them is folded, and preferably in a sweater bag. However, I personally have most of mine hanging in my closet, and they seem to do just fine. I store the majority of my shoes in the original boxes on a shelf in my closet, with the name/color of shoe displayed where I can see it. My shoes that don't have the original boxes are on a shoe rack in my closet. I have a hard time *letting go* of my shoes, and must admit that I have numerous pairs...probably too many, actually. ;)

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