A New Day! {hello spring cleaning & Lent}

While Friday proved to be very heartbreaking with the news of Japan, I remained riveted in my seat, listening and watching as the horrors unfolded. My heart broke with every new wave of information that came in. By Saturday, we were pretty emotionally exhausted, so we opted to spend some time outside, unplugged. A few hours away from the computer was needed. We took a short hike around an outdoor state park, just enjoying the beautiful *almost* spring weather. I didn't realize how much of spring has already made its appearance around here! As we enjoyed the warm temps, and flowers, I couldn't help, but think how fragile life is. It is only spurring my desire to live a more simple, and meaningful life. Tomorrow is never promised.

Last week, I was busy prepping for Spring Cleaning. I tried to take care of most of my day to day projects, so that I wasn't behind. That way, today, I can begin the deep cleaning round of spring cleaning. I am using my home binder to create a day by day plan for the rest of the week focusing on cleaning, dusting, mopping, sweeping, arranging, de-cluttering, and every other cleaning word known to man kind. I'm read for a new day in our home, a new outlook with fresh perspective, and meaning. Here's my breakdown:
  • Day 1: Clean Baseboards, mirrors, window sills, wash windows and dust all blinds.
  • Day 2: Dust all furniture, Freshen Curtains, wash all sheets, and towels.
  • Day 3: Speed Clean Kitchen, Sanitize all counters & appliances
  • Day 4: Sweep, Swiffer, Mop, Dust furniture, Clean Lighting & Ceiling Fans, and Vacuum.
  • Day 5: Vacuum Couches & Ceiling, Polish Furniture, Clean Bathrooms & Laundry Room
  • Day 6: Wash outside doors, clean off patio, weed raised beds, clean our purses & cars.
I wanted to participate in Lent this year as well. My goal is to get rid of one item each day for 40 days, then at the end, donate the items to Charity. If they aren't quite up to par for donations, I'll simply toss it in the trash. Even though I spent weeks, and months downsizing my "stuff", I'm still in "if you haven't used it in a year mode, toss it". Or better yet, I love the quote from William Morris that I posted above, in that light if it's not useful, or beautiful...out it goes!

I found my inspiration from Simple Organized Living, and A Bowl Full of Lemons! You may want to check them out if you are in spring cleaning mode like I am . :D

Have a blessed day, and may we keep Japan close to our hearts & prayers this week.



Blessings List (continued):
26) My husband.
27) Reading the Psalms during difficult times.
28) Spring.



Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters




16 comments:

  1. I am reading Psalms right now too. I have read it once before when Christian was away. I love the quote you shared!

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  2. The news of Japan has been devastating. I pray to God he protects their country.

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  3. The devastation in Japan just breaks my heart!! Now that’s what I call spring cleaning!!!

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  4. I love your Lenten goal. I might have to do that. I'm only a few days behind. I hopped over from Carissa's. Enjoy spring cleaning!

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  5. That's an awesome idea for Lent! I feel like I'm constantly putting things in the donate pile. I just don't like too much stuff!

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  6. I just got an email from World Vision about ways to help Japan -- so devastating. And, I think that the more free we are with our things -- tossing out, donating, etc., the more free we are with our spirit -- praying and focusing on things other than ourselves.

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  7. I get a lot of energy from spring cleaning . . . still waiting though for spring to arrive in Chicago. :)

    Joining you in praying for Japan.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    ps. Thanks for your recent visits to my blog.

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  8. Praying for Japan too! You go with your spring cleaning! I admire your energy and planning! I love a clean house :)

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  9. I am praying for Japan.

    I love your Lent share that your are doing. What a beautiful idea.

    Blessings,

    Rachel

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  10. I love that William Morris quote! Best wishes with your spring cleaning. :) Praying for Japan as well....

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  11. just read another quot by William Morris: "If were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful House;" hugs to oyu

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  12. what a great list! good luck with it! yiiiikes! spring cleaning is a love/hate relationship!
    -karly
    www.karpluswade.blogspot.com

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  13. I love the Wm. Morris quote. I have used it many times as I sort and have shared it many times. So simple and practical.

    I join you and so many others in praying for Japan.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  14. I'm rather fond of that quote...it's helpful and inspiring!

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  15. Oh wow, you have totally inspired me! I definitely need to do some spring cleaning...bad.

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  16. I'm really going to need to do some spring cleaning soon! Although we're hoping to move out of this apt, into a town home the first week of May, so I might wait until then when we move and start fresh in a new place.

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