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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Spring Cleaning Extravaganza At LBE (Or A Project You’ll Want To Follow)

Hi, everyone.  Here it is the 3rd of March and I’ve had something on my mind.  I want to do a project.  Not just any project.  A spring cleaning and total home organization project rolled into one.  I know spring cleaning topics have already begun in blogland and it’ll be the buzz the next couple  months.


I wanted to name my project something fancy and clever like:

31 Days to a cleaner, better, and happier home.

Then I realized I’d have to have it completed in 31 days.  I’m thinking it will take longer. lol


Keep in mind I need another project about like I need a hole in the head.  Come to think of it, I might have a hole in my head with this decision to aggressively tackle my whole house.

So here’s the rest of the story:

La Belle Époque had been wonderfully “put together” for 6 1/2 years having been featured on two home tours and one garden tour.  If you’ve been following for sometime, you realize LBE was totally taken apart for an entire house painting last fall which lasted a little over 6 weeks.  EVERYTHING came down (pictures, mirrors, window treatments, etc.) and EVERYTHING was moved around.  Yes, I know.  Fresh and clean and newly edited.  That’s what I thought and that’s what I told you until I realized I was completely overwhelmed with putting LBE back together.  (sorry if it’s beginning to sound a little like Humpty Dumpty) Easier said than done.  I really wanted a change. Really. But I’ve been so indecisive which is so unlike me when it comes to decorating.  I’ll blame it on age.



No more.  It’s time to muster the energy and get the job done. So here’s the deal:

1. It’s almost spring anyway, so what the heck.

2. I’m an official empty nester so I have nothing better to do it will give me something productive to do.

3. We plan on downsizing in a couple years and I want to get a jump start (the thoughts of completely cleaning out, emptying and moving everything from this house is mind boggling!).  It’s never too early to prepare, right?

4. And lastly it’ll just make me feel better.


So beginning this week I’ll be blogging about my experiences and dragging you along–- showing you the good, the bad, and the ugly (hope there’s not too much of that) on my whole house “shake it up project”.

Hopefully I’ll have some cool things to share and if I get frustrated you can be my sounding board…sounds fair to me.

Maybe I’ll inspire you or make you laugh but either way, I’d like to hear from you. What are some of your tricks for spring cleaning and organizing? 

This is a big personal commitment for me over the next several weeks so I better get started.  Hope you stay with me on my saga of a cleaner, re-freshed, re-styled, and re-organized house.  I better get a good night’s sleep.

See you tomorrow,



Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Hi Kim, let me tell you that downsizing, selling, getting ready to sell, it is all HARD WORK!!!!!!! I wish we had done it 10 years ago. But, I am sure I am alot older than you. We were in our home for 29 years so had alot of STUFF! First we got a dumpster, then we got a POD and filled it to "stage" the house, then we put it on the market. Best of luck. I am still trying to organize us in this new space. XO, Pinky

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looking forward to following along Kim, maybe you'll Give me a little motivation to do mine!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I know there are things in this house that haven't been touched/moved/cleaned in so long I can't even remember. Every closet needs to be pulled apart! It was such a relief when I painted the kitchen and got rid of all the stuff I never use. I'll be following along!

Kelly said...

I know that it will be a challenge but you will love it when it's done! I tend to "clean-out" a little bit throughout the year. It seems I always have a bag of something to either take to Goodwill or the consignment store. I look forward to following your progress.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Looking forward to your "shake it up project"...I am amazed at all the "plates you have spinning in the air"...your energy is inspiring!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Looking forward to following along on your changes! It's funny, but after our kids left, we built our dream home on the water and ended up UP SIZING..! But we're not sorry yet. I'm sure the day will come but right now, we enjoy the room!

Cat @ Sunday Brocantes, France said...

... and when you are done mon amie--I did give you my new address, oui? Because I will need every tip, demonstration, idea, style and talent that you have to set up 'Rabbit Hill'!.... if you have nothing better to do. ; )

I also think that your current decor and gorgeous home could not be more clean or fabulous than it already is!

xx Cat

dancemom88 said...

Hahaha...you are scaring me! I am just attempting to find the motivation to get my shoes into the clear boxes that were only just delivered to my front door from The Container Store. I had better get moving...it seems there may be alot more organizing to get done :)

Bliss said...

Well you are a more ambitious woman than I. We cleaned the storage room out one time and got rid of so much junk but I can't figure out how it got packed full again!


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