I have always been one of those people who celebrates the coming of a new season and Spring is definitely one of my favourites. With it, comes a sense of hope and new beginnings … and a slight cold shiver at the thought that swimsuit season is just around around the corner. Even as a child, I relished the fact that Spring meant a time to clean out the cupboards (all the cupboards from the kitchen to every single wardrobe and desk space) and usher in new energy for the coming year.
I even found one of my home videos which I recorded as a child back in Blackheath, in the Western Cape where I grew up, speaking about the “annual clean-up day” which basically was me mimicking the Top Billing presenters (funny how life works out) and pretending to introduce our house (Sorry about the sound quality on the video, but this was 21 years ago!). I was about 14 years old in the video and you can actually see how I relish the prospect of doing the “Spring-Clean” – complete with eyeball rolling at the end.
I must be honest, I do actually enjoy the process of detoxing our house. I just recently cleaned out the kitchen cupboards and cleared out all the unwanted or mismatched pieces which never get used and made a pact with myself to only keep what I (or we) absolutely love. I last did some frenetic cleaning just before our daughter arrived and of course, my dear Mr Muscle (not my husband, but you can call him that too – though not to his face) came to the rescue to keep the kitchen surfaces spotless. Just how I like my men – strong and smart and able to multi-task, Mr Muscle 5-in-1 😉 But, this time round, I was able to climb into the cupboards and check that everything was spotless. One’s agility is rather adversely affected by a big 9 month belly, so I feel quite certain that this time round, our kitchen is beyond spotlessly clean.
I also have a thing about keeping the kitchen sink free-flowing and odourless, so Mr Muscle came to the rescue there again and I used the drain-cleaner overnight to ensure that there is no build-up. Next, I moved on to the wardrobes and overhauled them. which has lead me to the place now where I have a huge suitcase filled with maternity wear and clothing for babies which I can now donate to a cause which needs it. And, I can actually see exactly what I have in my wardrobe now. I cleaned out socks which had lost their partners years before and skirts which were too short (because you can’t risk “those” skirts when chasing after a toddler) and shoes which were too tight and too high (during and sometimes post-pregnancy, your shoe size does change, sadly).
What a wonderful feeling – I feel lighter and brighter and ready to take on the world. They say that a cluttered workspace or handbag reveals one’s state of mind, but right now, I’m feeling just fine 🙂
Love and Light,
Modern Mommy AKA Jo-Ann