During December in 2012 and 2013, I participated in Reverb – a reflective writing challenge. There are several ways to participate in Reverb, and one of the ways that I participate is through Project Reverb. In an effort to continue building community and to allow folks to continue the reflective process, Project Reverb has continued the process with a monthly prompt. While I’ve thought about participating monthly in the past, something has always come up and I haven’t quite gotten around to it. May’s prompt, though, is right up my alley and right where my head is living at this moment.
Spring cleaning | How are you cleaning out your life and cleaning out your writing in preparation for a new season? Reflect. Photograph. Think.
Well. As you saw from yesterday’s post, we did a bit of spring cleaning this past weekend. There’s been a bunch of work in the yard that we haven’t done in awhile, so while we had the parents held captive, and while we had their tools at their disposal, we went to work. We’re not really done yet, though. I want to go ahead and get the vines that the cleaned out of the front planters well and truly gone. In order to do that, though, it’s going to require the application of some herbicide, I think. That’s going to get tricky, though, because I’m pretty sure that those front planters might in fact contain the roots of the muscadine vines that cover the front porch. Losing those would be a huge set-back. So. Instead, we might instead get some heavy black plastic and put that in the planters to smother the vines and just add dirt on top of it and plant hostas and other shade-loving plants.
And speaking of porches – I’ve done a bunch of work recently cleaning up the front porch and making the back porch a more inviting place. I’ve chronicled the replanting efforts elsewhere and what it’s looking like now, but there’s still more work to be done. I anticipate that in a couple of weeks there were will be a ton of clearance plants at Lowes and that should do it for the replanting of my porch oasis. My mother-in-law and I are both on the hunt for a twin mattress so I can get the daybed finished, and Sweet Husband is going to make me a table for the upper level of the porch. I want to sand and paint (although SH says stain. Boo to stain! I want some color!) the porch swing and get it hung up as well. Then those will be all done.
There will always be work to do in the yard. I need to dedicate a few early mornings to weeding the beds that we currently have planted and then to redoing the mulch. We also need to finish up the yellow and orange bed. The vegetable space we had last year will be planted with zinnias and sunflowers this year, and I want to plant that space between the road and the bushes with zinnias or sunflowers as well. That way we don’t have to mow it and maybe, just maybe, the folks that make use of the emergency shelter at the Salvation Army will stop throwing their trash in our yard.
As for the house – there is much cleaning that needs to be done. since I’ve only been home for a few days at a time since September, things have just been piled up here and there. SH has done a pretty good job of keeping the major areas clean, but my office and our bathroom are a disaster area. I think that first week I’m off, I’ll be taking care of that particular problem. To go along with that, it’s time to again go through the closets and the drawers to get rid of the things that don’t fit or I don’t wear. The same with the linen closets.
Last on the list of things at home to tackle is storage shed. There’s a ton of stuff in there from when we moved in and from our wedding – it’s time to let go of those things. If I haven’t looked in the box in 2 years, I’m pretty sure that what I’m going to do is just put it in the trash unopened. If I haven’t needed to go looking for it in 2 years, then I guess I really haven’t needed it – even the stuff that might have some sort of sentimental value. It’s just time to get rid of things.
As you can tell from the picture, it’s time for me to clean up my classroom as well. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been bringing things home a little at a time and throwing them away. While we still have kids here the next couple of weeks, I’ll be cleaning things out even more. Getting rid of things I don’t need, cleaning up papers, putting things in their places, taking my books and supplies home. It is my great hope that I won’t be teaching here next year – that I’ll have a job that brings me so very much closer to home – so leaving my things here isn’t an option.
All of those things are important, and I definitely need to get them taken care of for my sanity and my peace of mind. I’m a bit of a messy person; I always have been. I put things in piles; I stack things up; I place them haphazardly. And then I get to a point where I can’t stand it anymore and I go through like a dervish and organize everything – files and folders and binders and homes for everything. Now it’s time to get everything organized. I need to get those things in line because after people telling me forever that I need to do something more with my writing, I think I might be finally ready to do just that. The idea is just a tiny kernel in my head that I’ve only told SH about. And if it is to be more than just a kernel of an idea, then I need the space to do the research and make it what I want it to be.
Beyond that, there’s some changes I want to make here, some things I’d like to do a little bit differently. Just like I’ve been sprucing up the yard at home, I want to add a little bit of flair to my online home as well. There are a few things I want to do to make a more attractive space, and hopefully some of those things will attract a wider audience. I don’t know what all those things are just yet but I do know what I need to start investigating/studying/researching to figure that out; it’s one of the things on my summer project list.
There is something about spring (& fall) that kicks in a desire to start fresh – to make things clean and begin again. It is harder right now because I am out of my space and unable to do all the things I want to do. There is time I miss every evening that I could be crossing some of these things off my list. Soon, though, and I’ll be home for a minute and can get to work.
How are you preparing for a new season? Let me know in the comments!