It is time for some sweeping change around here...


It is that time of year again! (Even though it sometimes seems lately that Mother Nature doesn't know it yet...)


And with all the wacky weather we have had these past few months,  I am willing to bet that most of the time you have spent on your front step or porch lately has been time spent shoveling....ugh and ICK.

It is windy today...ok AND COLD, but I hear it is going to be warm tomorrow, so MAYBE it is time for our annual quick House Whisperer SPRING ASSIGNMENT --- helping you love your house a little more in 15 minutes or less!!!

When the sun comes out tomorrow (just ask Annie, IT WILL), grab your timer, your broom, and your best tune to whistle. I'll meet you outside!

  1. Set Your Timer--Just 15 Minutes: Once the timer starts, grab anything and everything that is still on the front porch that says "winter" (practically a dirty word at this point). No lingering pine cones, dead evergreens, decorations with snowflakes (what were we thinking?!?)--and for goodness sake, grab the snow shovel that is still propped there.  Put all of these things away wherever they go--either in the trash, storage or in your car to donate.
  2. Sweep, Sweep, Sweep!!: Lift up the mat, pull out the porch furniture, get behind the pots... and sweep, sweep, sweep all of those old dead leaves and drab winter grit right out of there! YAY!
  3. Hope You Are is required. :)
  4. Just Before The Timer Goes Off-- straighten chairs, and put things back in place. Be sure to step back and admire your work!

Don't forget the finishing touch-- Stop at your local garden center and treat yourself to a happy little six pack of pansies. Plop them in your planters or in the ground near your front door. They don't mind the cold, and will greet you with cheer and color from now until summer....

Happy Spring, dear friends!!