WHY is cleaning so hard? I think deep down inside I’ve given up because I know we’re moving and also I’m getting new bits of furniture to help keep me more organized but I really can’t bring myself to tidy up what I have now! Yesterday and Monday weren’t bad but I’ve lost all momentum today. I have been on point with cooking though… I did some killer bbq wings yesterday and.. OH YES! I drove on the freeway while it was snowing for the first time yesterday… SCARY SHIT! I’ve always hopped into the passenger seat when there was snow and let hubby deal with that but the snow came down pretty heavy as I got onto the freeway. Very sneaky as it wasn’t even falling like that on the exit to the freeway. *sigh* There was a lot of screaming.. “SLOW DOWN!” “I AM!!” *silence* “WATCH THAT CAR!” “I SAW IT!” *silence*. Needless to say, the tension was high. I’ve driven on the freeway with the rain falling hard (scary shit also) but the snow was just crazy, luckily it didn’t stick. We’ve been having some crazy weather and I’m really over the cold. I mean really over it. I am dying for one day of 50F. This 30/40F for a whole week is crazy, especially when going to the gym. And it never ceases to amaze me how I think I’m prepared for how cold outside may be but as I open the door and run down to the car I still jump like “where the hell did that cold air come from?!”. I swear I’m too delusional sometimes.
Anyway, back to the cleaning (*yay* cleaning >_>). I don’t want to keep buying things to help temporarily but at the same time it’s really hard to know what to do with things that you know you won’t be using for a while or before you move and have to unpack all over again. I think this weather is really turning me miserable more than anything. I’m probably staying home too much. Yeah, that’s it. I’ve been home a lot. It was better when I was home a minimum of two days a week and was busy… Well, time to get busy again then! But not cleaning. I’ll still attempt to do bits and pieces around the place throughout the day but this whole day of cleaning is so not working.
I think I’ll end this ramble here with a few favorites that I’ve been blasting..
I’m somewhat ashamed to put this song by Selena Gomez but I absolutely love it.. >_<
I decided to do a little spring cleaning in my closet. I have this container of clothes on the top shelf in my closet that I went through and pulled out everything I know I’m no longer going to wear. After that I went through my skirts and shorts. Next was what was actually hanging up in the closet. I decided to pull out stuff I won’t wear and I realised I had a lot clothes (mainly dresses) I hadn’t worn yet. So I put them on one wall and left everything that I have worn on the other side (my closet isn’t big but it’s shaped weird). When I was finished, something hit me – most of the clothes are for Spring/Summer so why not create a little challenge for myself – I’ll limit myself with my clothing purchases (shoes and accessories are allowed) but I have to wear everything in there at least once.
I’m not even finished with sorting clothes. I still have clothes on the guest bed and in an under-bed bag to go through and other drawers but for the most part I don’t think I will need to purchase anything for my Spring/Summer wardrobe. This will also give me the chance to be more creative with how I wear my clothes so I don’t feel like I’m wearing the same thing all the time or have the same look.
It’s also nice to do this because I often feel like I don’t have enough space but it’s hard when you have wardrobes for different seasons. Sweaters take up so much space and that means I have to be very selective with what I’m going to store somewhere else especially if I know I may be needing it soon. For example, I couldn’t pack all of my Summer stuff when Fall/Winter rolled around because I was going home (80F-90F weather) so now most of the clothes on the guest bed are from that trip. But I want to go through everything before I decide where they are going. My Spring cleaning is a little early but with this head start it should hopefully get easier as time goes on.
I’ve created a little wishlist of accessories that I’d love to get before the end of the year. I’ve decided not to spear any expense because I want these to be timeless pieces that last and aren’t worn out by the end of one season. I’ve got two other huge items that I’m going to keep secret for now as I don’t want to get too excited about it then I don’t get them lol, but these I know I’m getting for sure!
- A travel tote – Michael Kors “Hamilton” Large tote
- A regular tote – L.L. Bean Boat and Tote medium bag
- Black Ballet flats – Tory Burch “Reva” flat
So here lies my challenge to you as well – (unless it’s really unique) try to skip on the spur of the moment dress and go for accessories, something to go with that piece at home that you bought last year but haven’t worn yet <– that’s my goal. I’m definitely a spur of the moment buyer but I’m going to stop and just try to save up for my more expensive purchases one time. A deal is a deal so I’ll definitely keep looking out for them and so should you ;).
I wrote this post in January on my other blog, before I made the switch. I was home today and found it fitting to repost it as the sun made a much appreciated appearance throughout my apartment, and had me feeling extremely lively after I got up from a 2 hour mid-morning nap :). Considering all that is going on in Japan right now, I think it’s important we just take a deep breath and appreciate all that we have. Not having a car, not having lunch but you know you’ll have dinner, missing your morning/afternoon coffee break are all minuscule compared to what they’re going through.
I had to say Thank You this morning that I’m in the NW (Seattle) of the US and there is a radiation plume expected to reach California by tomorrow from Japan’s nuclear plant. I have friends and family there, although the threat to them is said to be diminished as this plume travels, no one wishes that on anyone. I used to think maybe living down there would be nicer just for warmer weather but you never know why God puts you where he does, and it’s just for us to take everyday and make it a positive one and accept what life has dealt you the best way you can. Therefore, as you read/re-read this post, you can change sunshine to whatever you are thankful for today.
It’s amazing that we can take the simplest things for granted and pine for them deeply when we realize that they’ve been ripped from us.
I come from Barbados. Sunshine.
Bronze skin and natural streaks. Sunshine.
Today was gloomy. I pined for Sunshine.
I tried not to be moody, I wanted Sunshine.
Please give me a day,
Or even 5 minutes.
To see a ray,
And not take advantage.
Of a little Sunshine. Sunshine.
Wow that was random but just had to get that out. I must say it was Livvi Franc who sparked this in me. Reading her blog (livvifrancblog.com) gave me that burst. “Love and Sunshine”. Who could ask for more?
With the sun, we have Vitamin D; we feel alive, not suicidal. No gloomy skies to make us ask so many why’s on the inside. To feel the heat on our bodies and not be shuddering from cold. To squint at the sun and see something so powerful beaming down on us. To watch the sunset that so many use as prime “engagement” time. We say the “Sunrise and Sunset” of someone’s life.
Oh sunshine. The sun has set, on another day. But not on my life, I have another day to give thanks for the little things; even for the little sunshine tomorrow may bring.