It finally got warm here. After what seemed like the longest winter ever (every winter in Chicago seems like the longest winter ever, even when they’re progressively warmer. I’m getting soft.) In fact, its been feeling downright summery lately. I’m trying really hard not to be fooled Chicago — I know you’ve got some snow left in you. I can sense it. But for now I’m trying not to think about that.
For many people, spring cleaning is sort of a natural occurrence with changing seasons. Winter is over, so now we can open the windows and change the sheets…or something. This is how most normal people who spring-clean operate, but for me its go big or go home. You know the feeling: you have the flu, and then its finally over and you feel like everything in your home needs to be sterilized. That’s kind of how things are going around here, except I wasn’t sick, just in a haze of ignoring all my little self-imposed projects. Add a need for massive reorganization to that and thats what is basically going on over here. Don’t know that feeling? That’s ok, its just how I am.
I’ve had a list of projects I wanted to do in/to this place for the entire time we’ve lived here. We moved into this apartment in the middle of last July in the midst of wedding crazies, so although we were incredibly excited to be in a new place that we loved, we kind of ignored it for five months or so while we got married. As far as the five months following the wedding…lets call that a recovery period. It takes me some time to wrap my head around things that I want to do and how I want to approach them, especially when reorganizing because we all know that sometimes you have to wait and see how you’re going to use a space, or whether a piece of furniture is working for you or not.
Having moved 13 times in the past nine years (yes really) I know a thing or two about having the space you’re living in feel extremely temporary and I am sooooo done with it. I’ve moved so much that a lot of my stuff has always been cheap quick-fix solutions and I haven’t really been able, or haven’t allowed myself, to make my home a real home. We actually got notice from our landlords this morning that they’re going to send us a lease renewal and we were discussing how it barely feels like we’ve lived here for 3 months, much less a year. Given that, and that we are going to be staying here for an indeterminate amount of time, we decided that its finally time to bring this place up to its full potential and also make things more functional for us.
So at the moment I’m leaning toward focusing on all the various decorating, redoing, cleaning, and reorganizing I would like to do in our home that I still haven’t gotten to and I plan to share a lot of those. We already started this weekend, and the house is in extra shambles because of it, even though these pictures don’t reflect that. I know things really don’t look that bad based on these, but even if my apartment were currently this clean there are lots of things I could nitpick. Hello giant stack of paper bags between our pantry and cart on the back wall? Just to give one of many examples.
Do you have any cleaning/decorating/reorganizing projects lined up for spring? I would love to hear about them.