Monday, March 15, 2010
It's that time of the year...
Although you wouldn't believe it when looking outside, where snowflakes are softly falling (again...!), spring is on the roll, and Ostara, or Easter is just around the corner. This year I am being very serious about taking time to contemplate and celebrate each holiday of the year. I think it really helps me keep in touch with how the worls changes around me. The one habit that has accompanied me ever since I've started practicing paganism is doing a spring clean before Ostara (20st March) and autumn clean before Samhain (Halloween, 31st October). It's no different this year.
When I still lived in a shared flat me and my flatmate used to fix a weekend and have a big cleanout, and that was it. This year since I'm living on my own and don't have to make an appointment, I started softly with rearranging and decluttering my kitchen.
The thing is, that I am practically living in two places at the moment. My own, sweet little flat, which is 30sqm (just a little entrance, one room and a bathroom) and piled to the ceiling with crafty and other lovely stuff, and the big flat of my boyfriend. I am there very often, because we like to spend time with my love's flatmate and his girlfriend, and cooking is much more fun in the big, well endowed kitchen than in my tiny place with everything improvised and kept to a bare minimum (including tools and food stock).
Since four (formerly five) people tend to make quite a mess overtime I suggested we do some spring cleaning in the WG as well, and that's what we set out to do on this lovely sunday. We spent six hours cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, dusting the shelves, cleaning the windows, washing the balcony floor, putting away all the mess and clutter and recycling, rearranging and sorting out food and tools, cleaning out the fridge and freezer.... and finished just in time for two lovely friends to visit for a nice leftover-dinner. Ah, what a feeling to sit in a clean and neatly arranged livingroom after a hard day of work, having tea and making plans and lists of things to get to put away the rest of the stuff neatly.
We're not quite finished now, since the flat is really very big. There is still a lot of stuff to be taken away, like a bedframe and an old cupboard, TV and such things, but also tons of glass etc. to recycle. If we get to wetclean the floor we will be done with the kitchen and livingroom, which leaves us with the corridor, stash room and two bathrooms to go. That sounds like much, but those really only need to be cleaned and that's done in no time with four people helping.
All that cleaning and tidying really set me off and I can't wait to really start on my flat. After cleaning out a zillion of sticky, yucky drawers, my kitchen will feel like a baby bunny to clean. ^^
Also, I do not have windows as big as entire walls (thank Gods!). My big problem child is my crafty space, aka my desk and surroundings, which is hopelessly cluttered and really needs rearranging. Well, I am all set with energy and motivation to get it done this week. Let's hope for the best!