New Season. Lots of Cleaning. Who knew both could teach one so much!?
I can tell you two things that are for sure: Front porches are awesome, but man do they collect a lot of bugs and cobwebs and home ownership is such an awesome feeling, but they are a lot of work!
My porch was long overdo for a thorough cleaning and after Hurricane Florence came through, my yard had PLENTY of sticks that needed to be picked up. Today I got after these things and began preparing for fall. Cleaned the windows, wiped down the furniture, dusted the cobwebs off and set all the sticks out on the street…just in time for the garbage truck to come tomorrow!
I know most of you probably do not care at all about how dirty my porch is or showing you that I spent the better half of my day cleaning the space, but there is so much more to it than simply cleaning and working in the yard.
Below are some of the things I thought about as I cleaned today:
1. I want it to be a reminder that as the seasons change – it is a good time to clean out areas, replace any light bulbs, switch air filters, etc. We all get so busy and it is easy to forget these simple things, but we all can remember to use the change of seasons as a reminder to do such tasks.
2. This blog is a space for me to show others what everyday living is all about and if you own a house, you know how much time, work and effort goes into keeping your place clean and put together. I don’t want anyone to ever think that owning a house is just so you can style and decorate it cute…although that is fun! 🙂
3. Helped me get over a few of my fears: bugs and working in dirt. Before owning a house, you couldn’t have paid me to kill a spider or clean up cobwebs, but guess what…when your front porch is covered in them and you’re the only one who lives there – you start to get over your fears real quick and figure out how you are going to take care of it.
4. Keeps you accountable and gives you a sense of pride. Your home/space represents you and what you’re about. I always say that if the space you live in is a mess, it’s hard to not let that feeling carry over into other areas of your life.
5. It shows us what we are capable of. We all are capable of SO much but sometimes we doubt ourselves and say well I could never do x, y, and z, but you never know until you try! You just have to simply start, even when the task seems so daunting.
So today I put on my work gloves, filled up a pail with water and soap, got out my handy dandy long swiffer duster and step stool and got to work!
Below you will see that my porch was indeed very dirty.
After: Windows washed, cobwebs and bugs are gone, furniture wiped down and planter boxes cleaned out and ready for fall flowers. I know I still have my summer flowers, but I just couldn’t rip them up yet…they still looked too pretty and I don’t plan on switching out my flower beds for another week, so I decided to leave them and enjoy for a few more days.
As I cleaned today, I thought about a lot of different things, but most importantly it made me think about how seasons come and go and in order for new things to grow, you have to get rid of the old, dust off the cobwebs and begin to prepare for the new season. It reminds you that you just have to start and not all days are going to be pretty and perfect, but it is the consistency and nurturing throughout the season that over time will add up and you’ll start to see things grow.
So whether your front porch or another area in your life needs a dusting, get to it! I promise you will be glad you did.
Here’s to cleaning out the old and the start of a new season! Excited to see what this fall will bring and I’m excited to take you all on this journey.