Spring Cleaning

There always seems to be about 1,000 things on our to do lists. This spring, though, I think our to do list is extra long. It has started to feel like the honeymoon stage of being a homeowner is over! Our house was renovated just before we moved in so it seems like they took care of a lot of the maintenance and we had slid right on by for the first 3 years we lived here. Well, that party is over and now we really have our work cut out for us!

The piles and lists... they are never ending

The piles and lists… they are never ending

The weeds. Ohhh the weeds. Our lot is about 3500 square feet, most of which is covered by our house. There really isn’t that much space for weeds to grow but my lord I think they are covering 70% of what was once our lawn. Normally I whine about weeds but this year they have moved in and are taking over. Alex and I spent a great deal of time digging them out a few weekends ago and we began sprinkling in grass seed in new soil. While I’m not a huge fan of commercial weed killer I have to agree that this year it was necessary. We’ve got quite a bit more work to do on our lawn but I am hopeful that will help. Either way, our lawn already looks better, even half covered in dirt, than it did covered in blackberry bramble and crabgrass.

What a mess!

What a mess!

This weekend we will continue to focus on the yard. I’ll plan on making a trip to the nursery to pick up mulch, some pretty flowers to put in containers on our porch and a few plants and shrubs for our backyard.

Something along these lines would work well on the porch

Something along these lines would work well on the porch

We have some minor projects in the yard this year, like staining our patio steps, patio table and the fence, as well as touching up the paint on our front porch and putting in a stone/paver path from our patio to the fence gate so we don’t have to walk in the mud anymore. Alex plans to get started on some of those thingsĀ this weekend while I’m doing some planting.

Henry is a good supervisor! Under where he is sitting here will soon be re-painted, due to excessive chipping paint.

Henry is a good supervisor! Under where he is sitting here will soon be re-painted, due to excessive chipping paint.

Since it’s spring break in Seattle right now I don’t have to volunteer on this morning so I am hoping to get a few things accomplished on our indoor spring cleaning list. It felt SO good to scour our kitchen a few weeks ago. Microfiber cloths are the most amazing home cleaning tool I have ever discovered. Our kitchen was literally sparkling. I have never seen it so clean, all thanks to the magic of microfiber cloths.

Spring cleaning underway!

Spring cleaning underway!

Hopefully by the time we leave for Europe this summer our house will be in tip-top shape!