Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"Spring" Cleaning

I always start my Spring Cleaning right after Christmas. When the tree comes down and the decorations are put away, everything gets cleaned out and reorganized. This proved very helpful six years ago when our house burned down one January day. That year I had done a more-thorough-than-usual cleaning, which was a relief when I had to remember everything in the house for the insurance company.

We were living in an approximately 200-year-old farmhouse and barn with seven acres. We heated the house exclusively with a wood stove. The fire chief said a spark must have been smoldering all day while we were out. It was a blessing in disguise, because the house needed more work than we could afford to do.

We now have a Cape Cod style "cottage", right in the exact same spot. The barn was untouched, much to my husbands relief - that's his playground! And my garden shed was saved, also - much to my relief!

Another bonus as a result of the fire is that my husband discovered he has a talent for building stone walls! The above photo shows my garden shed, a portion of one of the stone walls, and one of two sets of stairs he made using the foundations stones from the original house. Waste not, want not!

1 comment:

Joni said...

Oh, I would love to have seen your old farmhouse! I am sure that life is much easier in a new build. Sometimes that sounds pretty good to me and my house isn't anywhere near that age! Mine was 1898. What a great idea to start spring cleaning NOW.....that way, when spring comes you have no guilt and can play outside!