Why Do We Spring Clean?

What is the first thing that you think of when you hear the word “spring”? Possibly many things. Does the term “spring cleaning” come to mind?

So where did the idea for spring cleaning come from? According to this article on HowStuffWorks.com, it might have started from three different cultures. Ancient Iranian and Jewish cultures, as well as Chinese, all have an ancient house cleaning tradition.

What about in today’s culture? Doing a thorough cleaning of your home every year can certainly help to get rid of clutter and dust mites, as well as mold. So where do you start? An article on Vogue.com states:

Tackling one room at a time will help keep you focused. Maybe you begin with the bedroom, spend an afternoon there, then the next morning take on the living room or kitchen.

Doing one room at a time is sure to make your spring cleaning much easier. Check out the articles listed below  for more tips and tracks on spring cleaning.


 

http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/10-ways-to-spring-clean-like-a-pro/

http://www.marthastewart.com/267295/spring-cleaning-checklist

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/7-spring-cleaning-tips

 

 

Excuse the Mess, But We Live Here

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Three years ago, I bought my first home. It was the perfect opportunity to turn it into the model home I’ve always wanted! You know- the “Fixer Upper”- inspired Farmhouse…beautiful, immaculate, and pristine!

Well, a couple of minor details slipped my mind…I have 2 very hairy dogs AND I have, what I’m calling “Creative A.D.D.”. I can be in my kitchen, washing dishes, and think “This window would look so much better with a little cafe curtain. I think I’ll make one!” The next thing you know, I’m pulling out fabric, sewing, spray painting tension rods, etc. Then, I’ll notice that the fabric I picked out would look better as a table runner…back to Square 1…you get the picture! With that said, being neat & orderly- it’s just not in the cards for me!

But, if I dig deep here, how often do our lives appear neat and orderly?  You know, like the model home that is so clean, staged, and lacking in clutter. It’s just not practical. Life is meant to be lived and to be quite honest, Life can be messy.

So, I give up trying to make my home appear as if no one lives there. I have come to accept that my home and my life is a beautiful mess! And if you really want to know my secret, I save the deep-cleaning for days that I’m expecting visitors!

So, the next time you walk into your less-than-orderly living space, plop down on the couch, set your feet on that dog hair covered ottoman and enjoy a glass of wine because Life is Beautiful!

It’s Spring…I think!

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Spring officially started this week, but here in Charlotte, we seem to be changing seasons from day to day. One day the temperature seems very spring-like. The next day, it’s freezing outside. There was one weekend recently that the weather was pleasantly warm on Friday,  but then on Sunday, it was in the 30’s and snowing. Weird!

When the local meteorologists were forecasting snow on that Sunday, I was having doubts, but it did actually snow. Not a blizzard, but it did snow.

I think the peach trees were confused, too. The trees had just started to blossom right before the snow. They looked a little funny with little pink blossoms and snow on them at the same time. I’m not sure if that will affect the peach crop later. We’ll have to wait and see.

I Want My Blankie!

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If I were to ask you about that one thing from your childhood that meant the world to you, would you respond with, “my blankie” or “stuffed animal”? …I thought so! Not only did we fall asleep with this inanimate object, but it went EVERYWHERE with us, didn’t it? This THING became an extension of our body! And if ANYTHING came between us and our beloved…cue in the waterworks!

Even as adults, we’ve got our go-to’s in life when dealing with stress and anxiety. They may not be binkies or teddy bears, but whatever that thing is for you, it exists in our life to bring us comfort. I’ll be honest, when I’m feeling off, one of the first things I want to do is crawl into my warm, cozy, bed. Recent studies have shown that sleeping with weighted blankets can help ease the symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, stress, depression, and more. According to lifehack.org, the weight of the blanket acts as Deep Pressure Touch Therapy (DPTS), making the body feel relaxed, grounded, and safe. The pressure of the weight when gently applied to the body, encourages serotonin production, which lifts your mood.

So, the next time the weight of the world has you up at night, buy or make yourself a weighted blanket and catch some Zs!

The Times Are Changing…Literally

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I’m sure you all know by now: Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. this Sunday. No one likes getting an hour less of sleep on Saturday night. (Why would we?) On the bright side, though, we will get that lost hour back later in the year (November 5th, to be exact.) Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to be on Saturday.

Happy Friday

Today marks the end of another work week, and we’ve had another busy week here at Affluence Home Fashions. All of our employees have put in a lot of hard work, but they’ve all done a terrific job. Great job everyone. Enjoy the weekend!

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The Truth About Stretching

We all seem to get the urge to stretch when we first wake up in the morning (at least every once in a while, if not every morning). Are there health benefits that come with stretching our arms, legs, and back when we first wake up? According to my research, yes there are. There are many articles online on the subject of stretching. There are four common explanations for why we instinctively stretch when we get out of bed.

  1. Stretching gets rid of stiffness.
  2. It helps the circulatory system and increases blood flow.
  3. It helps build muscles.
  4. It relieves stress.

So if you stretch a lot in the morning, don’t worry, it’s OK. It’s beneficial.

 


Sources and extra reading:

http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/importance-stretching-after-waking-up-4495.html

https://www.reference.com/world-view/involuntarily-stretch-73d05283554114c8

http://www.brainfacts.org/sensing-thinking-behaving/movement/articles/2012/involuntary-movements/