After refinishing my wood floors last week, I was so inspired that I spent all day yesterday redoing the rest of the house. Well, all except for my second guest room and my master bedroom closet – I’ve got to psych myself up or get some drugs or hypnosis to get through those rooms.
Here are my rules for having a blast while cleaning out and sprucing up your house:
#1- Put on some music – the louder the better. I put on some Keb Mo. In case you don’t know Mr. Mo’, he specializes in what I call country blues straight from the banks of the Mississippi Delta. If you can’t “get down” with Keb Mo, you’re hopeless. I tired of Keb after about three hours and moved to Italian opera. I sang along hitting all the high notes. Unfortunately I can’t talk today and Lucky Dawg and Rebel appear shell shocked.
#2 – Rearrange. This serves two purposes. It forces you to clean the dust bunnies hidden under the furniture and change can be refreshing. It gives you a whole new appreciation of your home and maybe things will flow better.
#3- Beg, borrow or steal some of those nifty furniture moving discs you shove up under the furniture to let them glide to their new home.
I borrowed Brenda’s and waltzed around the dining room, pushing my 500 pound armoire with one finger. There’s nary a mark on my newly shined floors. Unfortunately I smashed one of the discs so I’ll be buying a new set for Brenda and I’ll get one for myself. These beat a 6-foot, 200 pound man any day when it comes to helping move the furniture. They don’t complain or talk back.
#4 – Load up anything you don’t absolutely love, toss it in a box and put it on the street. I read that if you pitch 27 things, you’ll open up space for positive energy to move into your home and your life. I did it, mostly by throwing away 25 half burned down candles which I’ve been saving for some unknown reason. Now I have two drawers cleaned out in my Welch dresser and things don’t fall out when I open the doors.
#5 – Now, this final rule may sound a little weird even for me. Turn on all your mood lighting and after dark go outside and take a peak in your windows. Yes, you’re going to become your very own Peeping Tom, but you might want to alert the neighbors so they don’t call the police.
You’ll be surprised by what you discover from getting this “outside in” perspective. If something is not right, you will discover it immediately. I don’t know why this works, but it does. In the dimly lit interior, my little house looked smashing. For a brief moment I wondered what lucky girl lives there.
Happy housekeeping y’all.