Spring cleaning is a funny thing to me. What is it about spring that makes us feel like we have to take everything out of every spot to wipe down every little crevice? Is it because we can open the windows and the fresh air inspires us to want a fresh clean house, or is it because we are just down right dirty all winter and finally have to do something about it? I think a part of it for me is feeling a renewed sense of energy after wanting to hang out on a cozy couch in the chilly darker months. It still baffles me though that every year, this is the time that motivation comes to go through the closet to get rid of clothes, and sort through and donate toys the kids are done with. Nonetheless, I have been hit with the bug and wanted to get an idea of where the pros get their spring cleaning design inspiration from.
What has proven to be a great benefit to my dog, and ultimately our living room design, was a post I came across on peach.ca about Lessons From a Cat for Creative Bathroom Design. This prompted me to have our dog on the forefront of my mind as I was cleaning and organizing. I managed to empty out a big box that was full of all those little irritating things you hate to unpack in a move. Yes, we moved two years ago … that’s what happens when you ignore the annoying box! Rather than stomping on the box to fit it in the recycle bin, my Peach Interior Design reading inspired me to turn it into a dog bed.
After a few days though, the whole family thought that it did make our dog look a little bit like a hobo dog sleeping in a cardboard box, and it didn’t look very attractive in our living space. I am definitely not one to be successful at do-it-yourself design projects. They always end up looking like a kindergarten art project, so I set my kids loose on it knowing they would far surpass me. I was impressed as they took into account the current colours in our house, and even created an exciting feature out of the half-eaten part. They rocked it!
Every time my mom finds out I’m spring cleaning she ALWAYS asks me, “Did you find any treasures?”, this time I’m going to tell her “We found a diamond in the rough and polished it up real nice!”