Friday, April 22, 2011

Confronting Spring Cleaning Head On!

April brings lots of lovely things with it like budding flowers (if this snow ever stops), baby showers, green lawns, and that exciting spring-time energy. But it also brings one dreaded thing…spring cleaning. We put it off for months and months, but spring is finally upon us and we’ve run out of excuses. I say we take up an oath that the procrastination stops here! Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a bad thing! It can be a great chance to organize through the last 12 months of your life, take stock of what you’ve accomplished, and make new goals. I just love that fresh start feeling that comes in the spring time.

I like to make lists of all the tasks I need to complete. Then I put out labeled garbage bags (or bins) for the things I’m keeping, the stuff that’s going into the trash, and the items heading to Goodwill. Take on one room at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed (that won’t help you accomplish anything!) If you feel like procrastinating, switch to a task that’s more fun (like sorting clothes, my fav) or something you can do while you watch tv to keep you interested. Or, do what I always do, blast your favorite tunes and dance around like a fool while sweeping the floor. Though, I’d recommend shutting your drapes for this because you may get some funny looks from the neighbors. The key is to have fun with your cleaning!

Once you figure out all the stuff you don’t need anymore have a good ol’ fashioned garage sale or a swap with a friend. That way you have some extra money to spend on refreshing your home d├ęcor. My favorite part of spring cleaning is that it’s a great excuse to do a little home decorating! I like to reward all my hard organizing work with a shiny new closet organizer, or coffee table, or art piece for my walls.

Well just in time for Spring Cleaning Orangefish is having a sale on our prints in our photo bug sale. Whether you’re looking for something to add a little extra colour and whimsy to a child’s bedroom, or if you want to add some style to your living room with our large black and white prints, you’re sure to find a print that suits your taste. Art has a special way of bringing a room to life and creating a lively and positive atmosphere. Plus, always love the chance to support Canadian artists!

Also, if you’re looking for more treats to reward yourself for all your hard cleaning work take a look at our “cool cribs” section. We have fun and stylish office supplies like the Pip tape dispenser. Its bright pink colour, and cute bird shape puts your plain black dispenser to shame. Work doesn’t have to be dull. You might find that adding a little sparkle and colour to your work routine could refresh you and ignite a spark of creativity. I know if I were to work in an office full of plain black accessories I’d be ready to sleep not work! (that’s why I love my bright pink laptop skin!)

An Orangefish fav, the chalkboard vase is another great addition to any office, kitchen, or living area. Write special messages to your loved ones, draw silly pictures, or write daily memos on this chic vase. There’s a world of possibilities and you get to express yourself any way you please! It’s a great conversation starter at parties too!

What is your spring cleaning routine? Do you dread it or look forward to it?

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