Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Cleaning on a fine weekend

It’s spring cleaning time but I took it in stages, doing the lower half the house on Saturday and the upstairs half on Sunday. Sometimes the mess just gets to me and I don’t feel right until it’s clean and polished and gleaming.

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Like that bookcase there. Every picture was dusted off and then placed back on the newly oiled wood.

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I like when the wood gleams.

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And when the finishing touches are dust free.

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Something I rarely show: the back staircase. I love the runner used on these stairs.

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I just liked the colors here.

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I even cleaned the glass globes of the light fixtures in the entry foyer. I get into these cleaning frenzies and it’s best to just get out of my way. Sometimes I even get angry. A psychologist would have a field day with me, I’m sure.

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Some day I’m going to paint this door. But not today.

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No nails were used on this flooring. It’s all pegged, circa 1810.

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A couple of photos from the bookshelf. My husband on the left, on his 30th birthday. When I look at him today, this is whom I see. And our youngest son, my baby, when he was very young. He’s 23 now.

I hope your week is off to a good start. For me, it’s always better when things are neat and clean. If my house is in order, it makes me feel like my life is in order. You know?

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

44 comments:

Low Tide High Style said...

I love having a clean house! I need to do some spring cleaning this week!

Have a wonderful week!

Kat :)

Deb said...

I've spent the last week doing spring cleaning...getting ready for bridal shower..so nice to see everything sparkling again...wish the weather wasn't acting like winter...we actually had snow today... and 72 on friday...

ro said...

Dear Kate,
Well, now you have gone and done it. I like coming to this lovely blog to see beautiful photos and read about your wonderful life. You DO know you have a wonderful life,don't you?
Well, now you have gone and done it. You have made me feel guilty about not doing my spring cleaning. I have procrastinated for as I long as I possibly can. My excuses are good ones, mind you, but they are excuses none the less. My friend always says, if there is something to do in the garden, then the house will just have to wait. I have always tried to follow that philosophy but now I am full of guilt and will begin my spring cleaning tomorrow. I shall find a way to lock myself in the house in order to keep my word. Have a wonderful week.

Hugs and Kisses

suzyQ said...

we have been doing spring cleaning over as well...

I just love your country home, it is so charming... and the old photos made me swoon!
Have a great week.

Cheryl said...

I need to take one room at a time and do the same.
Love your home, thanks for sharing. Don't think I would paint the door.

Cheryl said...

I need to take one room at a time and do the same.
Love your home, thanks for sharing. Don't think I would paint the door.

Char said...

looks like you got a lot done - now i feel like i didn't do as much as i could have. LOL the place looks great

Chrissykat said...

Yes, it was a fine weekend.
Yes, I ate too much ice cream.
Yes, I need to clean...always.
Yes, photoshop is making me insane.
And oh my, yes, I am totally in love with that door-knob!

Anonymous said...

I've never considered myself little Suzy Housecleaner but I do feel a sense of accomplishment after what I call "deep cleaning." I love the runner on the staircase, and those pegged floors!

GillLink

TSannie said...

It's all good.

Steph said...

I do know exactly what you mean!

Happy Spring!

tainterturtles said...

Your photos are great Kate, so simple but yet artistic. The pics of your hubby & son are priceless.

Country Girl said...

Glad I could help, ro! And thanks everyone. Have a great week.

~ C.G.

beth said...

it must be in the air....some cleaning took place here today, too and it wasn't even planned....

Donna S. said...

I love a clean house!! Doesn't it make you feel good? Have a great week.

glenda said...

The house is lovely, and it feels so good to have a gleaming house, I guess..Mine never makes it to gleaming, maybe close, but no prize..
love your blog..
glenda

Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

Yes a clean house feels wonderful. BUT. I'd rather do almost anything else. You've done such a nice job with yours and seem to enjoy it - wanna come clean mine now?

Marla said...

You are all ready for Spring now... Let's just hope it warms up good soon!

Marla @ www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

bv said...

here is the deal...so much is out of my control. but , boy can i make order of my home. and make it shine. it feels good...comforting. and i feel some peace. than i go out and breath.
bv

Mary said...

I love that runner, too. And those floors -- gorgeous!

Oh, and your husband at 30 -- wowza. I'm just sayin'... :)

Riet said...

Springcleaning, it has to be done but I am not fond of it. Love your photo's and your shiny woods.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hey you working bee,,...Can I hire you. I can almost smell the fresh polished wood....Hmmmm.

Love the pictures that come along with it.
Hugs Dagmar

Lisa said...

I love to have a clean & tidy house. It makes my head" feel right"!! But at the moment we are in the midst of major renovations & I feel like everywhere I turn there is mess, dust & noisey builders. Don't get me wrong, the job they are doing is fantastic & it won't be for too much longer ( I hope!) & the outcome will be wonderful; but I can't wait to clean up the mess & get my home back! Beautiful pics too Kate!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

are we twins.... i do that too and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics at the end...

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Hmmm. Dusting. That's something one is able to do after the clutter is gone, right? I'm drowning in clutter, and we won't talk about the dust. Your house looks beautiful. Mind could never look like that.

I need a drink.

wv: obspa. Although I'm stressed thinking about all the decluttering and cleaning I need to do, I obspa not have a drink. It's too early. But still.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Mine, not mind.

I obspa proof read more often.

Daryl said...

Seriously next time you need to let it out come on over my place is a mess and the dust is now becoming a part of the bookcase shelves .. and I am too lazy to do more than blow it off .. LOVE the DOF on the doorknob shot

Karen said...

Love your photos, Kate... and OOH, that runner!

Handsome men you have there, and that wooden box/trunk is awesome..

Thanks for sharing.

These Nine Acres said...

I feel the same way about everything being clean...I just don't like getting it that way! Love the runner.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Beautiful pictures. Isn't it a lovely feeling when you've had a spring clean and everywhere feels tidy again!

CJ xx

Snappy Di said...

ohhh, never ever paint that door knob! It's lovely just as it is.

Di

Rachel said...

I am going to go clean my house now. Thanks for the inspirational pictures and words!

Emom said...

Spent the day cleaning myself...the house seemed to grow as I cleaned...how bout yours?
smiles.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I luv a clean house, but LOL...I don't know what that is going to be like until the end of summer.

Our weekends are cranked up with horse shows and fishing until it gets cold again!

Caroline said...

Oh man...shame on me! I need to do some serious dusting! Great pics!

Hilary said...

You have such a beautiful home.. with all the touches which make it so. I love that door knob photo. The colours are incredible. For a moment, I had a perspective issue with the stair runner. I saw it as three small rugs hanging from wooden dowels. Yes, I'm odd. :)

Bella Della said...

House in order- life in order. I totally get that!!!! Your home is beautiful!

Oz Girl said...

Your house looks like a gorgeous typical country house... and I mean typical in a good way, the real cozy kind. :) I love your blue back stairs and the runner.

I must admit I haven't dug into spring cleaning just yet, but today WAS clean the bathroom day. I do love a bathroom that smells all clean and bleachy.

Linda Higgins said...

AHHH Spring cleaning....not to be confused with summer, fall, and winter cleaning which all of the above never gets done just in the Spring or...it would be really a BIG job! hehehe love the macro shot of the door knob!

Jo said...

You have inspired me. I always feel relaxed as well when my house is clean, sparkling and gleaming. I have some furniture polish that has an almond scent, and it's wonderful

Your house is lovely...!

Mental P Mama said...

Oh how I love these shots! And I am very neat and clean now. Thankyousoverymuch!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I like clean too. What's wrong with me?
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Kerri said...

These taking my breath away...especially the door knob! LOVE it!

PS - I hate to clean!

Merisi said...

It just touched my heart what you said about your husband!

Bravissima for having done such a great job at spring cleaning! I have so many assignments to complete, I can only get to bits and pieces (yeah, I love that excuse!). *giggles*