Anyone who lives in the Midwest knows that this winter was terrible. It was soooooooo cold and nasty, and it seemed like the sun rarely came out at all.  Well, I’m happy to report that it’s warming up in these parts and I’ve got spring fever like you wouldn’t believe.  In fact, I’ve been bursting with energy and enthusiasm for all things spring- so much so that it’s driving my husband effin’ crazy.  If you heard all of the complaints, you might think that I’m running a slave labor camp or something over here…but I’m not.  To me, extra work is fun.  Wahooooooo!

Spring Fever On a Budget

Anyway, like I said, I’ve been on a little bit of a home improvement rampage for the past few weeks.  At the same time, I’ve been

Ugh, my garage sale stuff. Where does it come from?

Ugh, my garage sale stuff. Where does it come from?

careful not to led my spring fever lead to excessive spending.  We all know what a slippery slope that can be and how easy it is to blow more money than you planned when fixing up your home.  But, so far, I’ve been able to find a ton of free ways to spruce up my space.  What have I done so far, you ask?

Organizing Things is Free

garageI took my entire garage apart and reorganized it.  It was so cold when we moved in that we literally just stacked random boxes up all over the garage without even going through them.  So, a few Saturdays ago, I took everything out of the garage and found it a “home.”  I also determined what I wanted to keep and set everything else aside for a huge-ass garage sale.  See anything you want?  It’s yours.

Cleaning Your Outdoor Space is Fun

DSCF3115I bought a new fire pit (with a gift card from Christmas) and assembled it in the back yard. I also took apart and deep-cleaned a children’s playhouse that was left in our backyard by the prior owners of this house.  Of course, Greg thought I was nuts and played the “You know you’re a _____ when” game the entire time.

For example, “You know you’re OCD when you clean outside toys with a scrub brush and soap.”

Funny.

I also cleaned out our flower beds and prepared them for Spring.  I can’t wait to start planting things!

Getting Rid of Shit is Super Fun

I went through my kid’s clothes and located all of the warm weather outfits in both of their sizes.  We are now officially ready to wear shorts and flip-flops (and I am almost done washing socks).  Once it finally warms up, I’m going to add my youngest daughter’s winter clothes to the garage sale and put my oldest daughter’s clothes away until #2 can wear them.

Our family room isn’t huge, so I also talked Greg into mounting our television above our fireplace.  It made our family room seem much bigger and I was able to sell my ugly, worthless TV stand on Craigslist.  And guess what, it sold like hotcakes!  The stuff that people willingly buy never ceases to amaze me.

Did I Mention that Organizing Stuff is Fun?

DSCF3111Once I finished all of that, I completely organized and decorated my new office.  Now everything has a place and is easy to find.  It’s awesome!  Unfortunately, I still do most of my work on the couch with my dog sitting on my arm.  Old habits die hard, I guess.

So that’s what I’ve done so far, but I plan to do more when it warms up.  For example, we’re going to plant a vegetable garden for the first time.  My four-year-old is so excited!

Do you have spring fever?  What projects have you started working on?  What projects are currently planning?