Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I've Got the Fever!

I woke up this morning with that old Peggy Lee song stuck in my head. Feverrrrr, when you kiss me, fever when you hooold me tight! FEVER! The big problem is I'm not suffering from any kind of romantic fever, believe me. Nope. Spring Fever and I swear it's contagious. My mind just isn't functioning right now. Lately, we've been piddling in the yard planting our flowers and it looks like today I'll be heading to my handy neighborhood Lowe's to pick up some more.But it doesn't end there.

The other day on our readers loop we were discussing home projects we've been tackling. I got the feeling lots of us were feeling the same and needing to freshen things up around our places. BTW...if you'd like to join a small, friendly and fun loop, we'd love to have you. Sign up HERE!

For the past week or so I've been jotting down things I want to do to the house. You know, accessory stuff. I need some new floral arrangements and I have some prints in rooms that don't really work anymore. I need a massive mirror to hang over a buffet table in the dining room. Just thinking about all the improvements I needed to tackle made my head spin so one night I sat down at the computer and went mentally from room to room taking note of things I need. Let me tell you it's a long, long list but I'm planning to get to work on it.

I don't really know what brings this on. Maybe it's the sudden change of weather from winter to spring but I can't seem to think of anything but fixing up the house, sprucing up here and there. So okay. My mind is focusing in that direction so I've decided to go from room to room and add little touches. My daughter is coming in this week for a little Easter break and we've already talked about this 'nesting' thing. Hey, the birds are doing it so why shouldn't we? We have plans to tackle accessories in a few of the bathrooms before digging into the bigger, more expensive things.

My office already got a slight sprucing up (although there is much more to go) when I took some money I'd gotten for my birthday and bought a pretty new print for one wall. I have problems in my office. It was once my son's bedroom but when he left years ago, I sorta took it over so that I could have my own office. Over the years, a number of things, including my promo material, have ended up in his big closet. They sit there in boxes among his assorted broken or seldom used gadgets and clothes he wore in high school. Umm. He is now 25 so I don't think he'll be wearing that junk anymore. Anyway, I walked in there the other day to shove another box of promo stuff into the space and realized the light bulb had burned out. I tried to step inside and thought...what the hell...I couldn't step into the room to change the bulb. That's how bad it is. I felt like one of those poor people from Hoarders. So tackling that damn closet has moved to the top of my list. How did I let things get so bad?

So now I'm figuring that once I tackle the projects that are screaming at me, I might be able to concentrate on other, more important things. I don't think I'm alone with this whole spring nesting thing. Am I? What project leaps to the top of your to-do list?


Karenna Colcroft said...

I REALLY want to do some spring cleaning around here. Two adults, a teenager, and an almost-teen in a three-bedroom apartment with almost no storage space = major clutter! I keep the place clean, but I would love to get rid of some of the things that are just taking up space.

I'd also love to rearrange my office area, but that's probably never going to happen. LOL

I think spring is considered a time for new beginnings, and for many people that means beginning a new, less-cluttered chapter of their home lives.

Harlie Williams said...

We live in a small (under 1000 sft) house and we have no closet space. House wasn't built for it I guess. I'm constantly purging and cleaning. We have a 5 year old son, so you can imagine the toy situation we have.

Plus, I'm trying to get rid of all my paperbacks that I've accumulated over the past years. I have a Nook now, so I get them on that instead. Trust me, they have taken over the guest room and its a mess.

Hubby has already purged outside and in our storage building but its a weekly job.

What gets me about the whole cleaning thing, is that I'm the only one that seems to appreciate it.

Regina Carlysle said...

Kids=Clutter! I swear. My kids are gone and i STILL have their stuff everywhere. I have a terrible time getting rid of things though. I'll pull out something and go....awwwwww. And then the thing ends up staying. I just MUST get a move on and get rid of some of this stuff or find a place in the attic for it.

I know what you mean, Karenna. We're clean too but we just have to take a breath and start tossing stuff.

Regina Carlysle said...

I get the feeling it's unappreciated too but then MR. Reg likes things neat so he MIGHT notice if I purged some closets and such. What are you planning with the old paperbacks? Shoot, I need to do the same. We have lots and lots of filled bookcases and we don't need half this stuff.

Mia Watts said...

My project? Replacing the guest bathroom sink faucet, painting every room in the house after I rip down the previous owner's wall paper and borders. Then, I want to put some time into decorating the deck out front where the front door is. Lights, etc. Oh yeah, and a new master bath.

I'd love to plant stuff, but I'm a brown thumb. I kill everything which makes me really sad.

Regina Carlysle said...

Big, hefty projects, Mia. I hear ya on the plants. Outside is Mr. Reg's domain because he's so good with them. I have wallpaper and it's getting really dated. Need to replace. Wanted to paint but we're going with wallpapers in solids (that have a textured look). I understand paper is coming back. Seems I'm always on the butt end of fashion changes. It's hard to keep up. Paint is soooo much cheaper and I'd rather do that.

Anonymous said...

First and foremost, I need a personal dumpster delivered to my house just to tackle my son's room! He's almost 9, and his "stuff" has exploded out of his room, throughout the house, and has it's way to the porch and the garage.

I also wanted to do the final, and I do mean final update on the house this spring. The master bathroom. But alas, hubby has decided we should buy a rental property instead. An investment he calls it. I call it-- I don't get a pretty bathroom piece of...(bleep!) Lol!

So there goes MY spring project this year! :0)


Jen B. said...

The list is 10 miles long. We just planted some grass. We need to clean out our garden. Painting, painting and more painting. I think that's going to take up the whole spring. And during days we can't be outside, shoveling out the basement!

Regina Carlysle said...

Oh Elece! I remember how it was when my kids were at home. One of these days you'll actually be able to catch up a bit but then the problem becomes all the other stuff you've accumulated over the years. My sister used to have big garage sales periodically but I'm always like...omg, so much WORK!

Sorry your bathroom is getting put off. I need to do the kitchen and it's getting delayed too. Frustrating because it seems something else is always taking precedence.

Regina Carlysle said...

GAH Jen! The summer is even harder because of all the outside chores. I swear, I'm going to tackle this closet SOON. I know I'll feel really accomplished.

Lily Harlem said...

Oh, I hate tidying, but feel compelled to do it!!

The other problem I have is that before I start a new writing project, which I am just about to do, I have to have everything in order because I know full well it will all go to pot once that first paragraph is down!!

Lily x

Lia Slater said...

Oh, yeah, I have it too. It's REALLY difficult to stay indoors when the weather starts to warm up. The sunshine calls me. It's intoxicating. And adding those fresh flowers to the otherwise dead garden gives me such a refreshing feeling. So I'm right there with you!