{Spring Cleaning} 4 Secrets for a Cleaner House

how to declutter and clean house

Spring Cleaning

I love having a clean house. I’m more productive, much happier and all around everything seems more awesome when my house is clean and free of clutter.

I know a disorderly house might not bother everyone, but truth be told, MY stress levels go UP when my house is a mess. I feel more anxious. I’m less fun. I get overwhelmed and can’t focus. When mama is feeling crazy, nobody’s happy, right?

Does that mean my house is always clean? HAHAH! No. Not at all. I’m not obsessive about housework or organization. I can actually tolerate things not being perfect. Happy chaos is fine with me day to day. That’s just reality for me, we are busy like everyone else.

But somewhere in there is the sweet spot of having a clean, fairly orderly house that inspires me to be at my best in other areas of life, without having to be obsessive about housekeeping.

I want to be able to focus on OTHER THINGS in life, so keeping our house in “reasonably good order” is part of how I can function to run my business, volunteer at church and MOPS group and spend time with my husband and kids and am free to invite others into my home without needing months to prepare for guests.

How to Keep Your House Clean

I have four “secrets” that help us keep our home clean.

And no, sadly for me these secrets are not  a team of housekeepers or professional organizers! Hahah, although I would not be mad to have a few of those to help me out. I’ve considered having housekeepers someday, not for the every day stuff I can do myself, but just for some more major cleaning of showers and stuff I don’t like to do! But for now, my husband and I are our own housekeepers and organizers!

I’m sharing my 4 housekeeping secrets today in a spring cleaning article, so head on over to The Decluttered Home to read about how we keep up with our home!

PS. I’ll be sharing more secrets to organization next week on the blog when I reveal HOW I remember what is in those baskets we talked about last week in my “How I Organize My House” post! I haven’t forgotten!

Happy spring cleaning!

Spring Style: A Dash of Inspiration

{Spring Decorating}

1. Ikat Appetizer Plate 2. Do the Dishes Tomorrow Tea Towel 3. Stoneware Serving Bowl 4. Dipped Bamboo Kitchen Spoon 5. Batik Kitchen Towel Set  

This post is sponsored by Target. Welcome to Threshold.
A new line for house and home.

Please, for the love of all things SPRING, why am I still seeing snow in some of your pictures on Instagram? If you have snow on the ground right now, I’m so sorry. Don’t be too jealous — we’ve had absolutely GLORIOUS weather the past couple of days. We are soaking in every ray of sunshine.

jack sunshine in his eyes

After being vitamin D deprived all winter, the warmth of the sun is SUCH a welcome feeling. The sunshine and budding trees tell us SPRING is really and truly here! Bring it. I’m soooooo ready.

So, let’s get inspired by a dash of spring style today, shall we?

gray kitchen cabinets and white counter with coffee station and mug rack

I’m extra excited about spring decorating this year. Maybe it’s because my kitchen and pantry are finished and I can finally think about accessories and having fun with the decor. YAY! Remodeling is fun in its own way, but it is nice to be to the point where I can update the look with just a few dollars and no sawdust. Right? That’s the best.

One of the things I like about my kitchen’s generally neutral color scheme for the cabinets and walls is I can mix things up by adding a dash of seasonal style with colors and accessories. That is what makes decorating so much fun for me, being able to embrace an ever evolving style and color palette.

target threshold dishes

I am especially drawn to happy bold colors and fun items for the kitchen right now. As part of my personal spring therapy, I’ve been wandering the aisles of Target on a regular basis, just to see what inspires me!

I get so excited when I stumble across something that speaks to me. Not literally SPEAKS to me in an audible voice of course (don’t worry, heh heh), but maybe a color that draws me in or grabs my attention in some way.

Even just one new item can refresh my home with a new color or look that will energize me for spring. I’ve been especially impressed with the new Target Threshold line of products! Oh my goodness, have you seen them? So many wonderful things! If you haven’t been to Target lately, you are going to LOVE it! I’ve been collecting a few new pieces here and there over the past few months.
pops of spring color

Adding a pop of spring color to my home is truly like therapy for me, a happy dose of color or pattern mixed in among my neutral dishes always makes me smile.

kitchen baking center

I love the thrill of bringing home a cute new hand towel, maybe adding a pretty colored spatula or mixing spoon to my collection, or setting out fun colored bowls for serving and entertaining in spring. It’s the little things, right?

spring decorating target threshold dishes

This dining room is not mine, darn it, (picture is from Target) but I adore the combination of orange, yellow and blue dishes with the rustic table. Mixing and matching spring colors with beautiful textures really creates the lively and modern but still classic and refined style I want for my home this spring.
spring decorating pinterest board

I started a Pinterest board of some of my favorite spring decor items called Spring Style: A Dash of Inspiration. Maybe you’ll find just the inspiration you need there to add some new spring colors and fresh decor to your own kitchen or home!

A little dash of spring color is just what the doctor ordered after a long gray winter.
What are your favorite colors or patterns this spring?
I’m crushing on corals, yellow and blue right now. How about you? 

Introducing Ditto DIY {Inspired Design for the Rest of Us}

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Happy Monday to you! I have a very new fun monthly DIY series to introduce to you today I think you are really going to enjoy! I know I am super excited about this!!

I just got back from the SNAP conference where I spoke on a panel with my BFF’s and amazingly talented ladies, Kate from Centsational Girl and Mandi from Vintage Revivals. I adore them both for so many reasons.

Our session was on bloggers working with brands, but you all probably know those girls can whip out amazing jaw dropping DIY projects in their sleep. RIGHT? How do they do that? Honestly, I stand in awe at their DIY brilliance and skill. Literally. I stand frozen. Jaw on the floor.

And that is why I’m excited about this new monthly DIY series “for the rest of us.”

What I love about decorating is figuring out how to be inspired by something I love and make it work for my house on my budget, with my limited DIY skills. The DIY part is my biggest weakness.

You know how you look at a blog or a home decorating magazine or watch a design show on HGTV and wish you could make your own rooms look that good? Design is not always about expertise or even an unlimited budget, but more about taking inspiration and making it work for your own space.

That is the philosophy behind this new monthly series called Ditto DiY.

Once a month, beginning in May, nine very different bloggers will attempt to recreate in their own homes a project or design element inspired by a photo selected by my amazing designing friend Darlene Weir of Fieldstone Hill Design.

ditto diy design

I think if I had to give my home’s style a name, I would narrow it down to eclectic northwest coastal style, which I suppose means I combined natural warmth and texture, nods to the sea and a bit of old world mixed with some modern touches.

Basically, let’s be honest. I got confused a lot along the way because I just LOVE so many things, but that NW coastal style seems to be what I landed on. If you are new here and want to see what I mean by that style, you can check out my home tour.

In addition to my friend Darlene who will be giving us the inspiration pictures for our ditto projects, the participating bloggers include:

Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

Be sure to pop over to each of these fabulous ladies’ sites to find out more about their personal style, as well as to discover their own decorating strengths & weaknesses! See how much fun this will be? New friends, all with our own unique challenges and styles, coming together to try something new each month! And you can join us!

ditto diy inspired design

So here’s what happens next month: Monday, May 6th, all nine of us will share our inspired DiY projects, while Darlene will provide expert design tips on incorporating the featured design element into your own space. She will then also present our inspiration photograph for the following month. The truly fun part will be seeing what different interpretations of the same photograph this incredibly eclectic group comes up with!

After you’ve had a month to see what Ditto DiY is all about, we will be inviting you ALL to participate! Beginning in the first Monday in June (and every first Monday of the month after that), all you with blogs will be able to link up. (Non-bloggers can share your pictures on our Ditto DiY Facebook Page!)

Be sure to tune in Monday, May 6th to check out our first Ditto DiY projects. And now, without further ado, here is this month’s inspiration:

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{ditto} DIY
This month’s Inspiration:

A chic painted tray and vanity vignette, from the home of nina bergsten, photography by marcus lawett.

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Create your own painted tray and vanity vignette.

Designer Thoughts:

“Study the image above, and be inspired by the sophistication and simplicity of this design. The attention to each detail adds up to a beautiful vignette. “

Now I am going to go find a tray to paint! We’ll see how this goes!
Check back next month to see how it turns out! Heh.heh.
What is  your biggest decorating challenge?
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