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Spring Has Sprung

Some women have husbands who oblige their whirlwind of spring cleaning. When you say, “Honey, please go through those clothes in your closet and pull out what you don’t need to donate,” – they hop to it. Others, like me, have husbands who say, “I’ll get to it,” – and then they never do.

I’ve filled two bags with used clothing and H could easily fill three more – if only he would. Complaining doesn’t help so I’ll just rant here to you if you don’t mind and then when his back is turned I’ll fill those bags myself. I have no problem with that because it’s easy to get rid of what’s not mine. At least that is what H thinks. He says I would give everything away if it was my choice.

Is it just a woman thing to clean and spruce up in the spring time? I look around me and mentally make a list of all I want to do.

I’ve chalk painted three pieces of furniture in the last month because I feel engulfed with all the dark wood furniture in this small house. There are plenty of pieces I’d love to just dispose of but I get that, “It came from Grandmothers house in Philadelphia. We can’t get rid of that.” So in the Philadelphia Room it goes!

Now that the Philadelphia Room is chock full, I’ve started on my chalk painting mission. It’s quick and easy. There are pieces I’m not allowed to touch though, like the huge chest with spiral posts.

This chest is so big it barely fits through the hall door. We have a choice of two places to put it because it is too big to turn the corner into any of the other rooms. The living room where his mother had it or the back bedroom are our only options.


The back bedroom won, but it’s really too big for that room. I have no wallspace in the living room. This is a piece that needs to go and evidently isn’t one of Grandmothers. But H is attached. Maybe if I made him start dusting all this monstrous dark furniture he would see my point.

H has aspiring ideas of what improvements he wants to do to this house. Of course we could live with it the way it is for the rest of our lives and he’d be happy too. He is in no hurry.

I, on the other hand, would like to see some progress made.

~Elle

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. The only way I finally got my husband to purge his old clothing is by selling the furniture he kept it in. What’s chalk painting?

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  2. I know what you mean, Elle. My wife keeps telling me that “My Cluttered Attic” is overflowing with ideas, but that I’ve been putting little of it out there of late. I keep telling her “I’ll get around to it.” That’s when she say’s “Like when you told me you were going get around to cleaning up your side of the closet—which is also still cluttered? Maybe we men could just skip spring and move on to summer. 😀

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  3. Unlike your husband, I hate clutter. I passed on to other relatives furniture and other possessions my parents had. I have one highboy dresser and my grand niece really likes it. It’s big and gawky so that may go too. I am keeping her coffee mug. Takes much less space and really, keeping their furniture does not keep them closer in our heart. Having said that, my husband’s sister is a lot like your husband. She kept most of their parents’ furniture. Her house was always cluttered and uncomfortable. I made a comment to her once about her “love of antiques.” She told me that she didn’t like antiques but couldn’t part with anything that was still useful. Last year they moved into a retirement community with very little space. Her kids took some of the stuff and she gave us a trunk of (to me) useless trivia. Fortunately it’s a cardboard box full so I won’t complain (opps, I already did!). Good luck to your spring cleaning. We have a rule here. If you haven’t worn it in 3 years, out it goes and my husband follows that much easier than I do.

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