Can you believe March is over? Neither can I. It has flown. This entire year has flown, actually. One of the reasons I like decorating for seasons is because it reminds me of the change, the passing of time. It reminds me to savor special moments with my kids, because another winter has passed. Just like that. Gone. Now it is spring and with all its new life it brings bright cheery thoughts to my mind.
So, I found $20 in my purse. You all, that does not happen to me. If you know anything about me, you know that I love budgeting (my sister thinks I am weird) and that I know where every penny is spent. That doesn’t mean I don’t spend it on things that aren’t necessities. I do. I think that enjoying life is important. And things like fresh flowers in my home make me happy and bring a lilt to my day. But in my current season, we don’t have much money to spare and so I have to plan these types of purchases very carefully. And $20 doesn’t just “show up.” However it happened, even if it was through my own absent mindedness (which I am still trying to figure out since we budget so carefully) I am thankful for it. My own little spring blessing.
So back to the $20. I knew immediately that I would go get something springy to add to our home. A few bright yellow lemons and some tulips from the grocery store were the perfect, simple addition to our piano. It didn’t cost me $20. Gracious, no! But the point was that it all started with me finding the money.
Sigh. Now I have spring in my home. And it makes me happy. It always amazes me how something so simple as a few fresh flowers, or a small change-up in decor can freshen things up. Even my four-year-old says things like, “Mommy, that is so pretty!” See? They notice.
Clutter Challenge Update
Well, the month is basically done. Did you all de-clutter at least one item a day? I lost track a couple of times, but I think my total ended up being right at 90 items that either were tossed or donated.
Was the challenge helpful? For me, it was. The main reason was that even on those days that I wasn’t specifically going through closets or something, it made me more aware. I became aware of items that often get shifted from one place to another unconsciously. “Wait! This thing doesn’t really have a home, and well, do we actually use it?” If the answer was no, it went, without any further thought.
All in all, it was a good spring cleaning month. I didn’t get to all the projects I had intended to, but that is okay. My home is de-cluttered. There is more room to breathe. Things are cleaner. And that means I am ready to spend time with my kids in the great outdoors enjoying the beauty of blooming flowers and budding trees.
How did your de-cluttering go this month? Now that you have more space and less stuff, how about you add a touch of spring to your home?