LIFE AT CONTENT: Spring Clean Your Home's Most Overlooked Areas

99% of the year, I handle the house cleaning here at Content. That includes all the daily cleaning and tidying to keep up with by John and I and our many businesses run from the house, plus all the cleaning associated with our Airbnb guests. With over 3,500 square feet of living space, I’d say I’ve been become somewhat of a cleaning professional.

But even with all that time vacuuming, moping and dusting, once a year, I hire actual professionals to give Content a thorough spring cleaning. Making sure to cast a bright light on all the nooks and crannies over looked during the winter months.

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LIFE AT CONTENT: Spring Anticipation 2017

I started reading Martha Stewart Living magazine, religiously, when I was a junior in high school. If there was someone I aspired to be, it was Martha.

During this time, we had a family friend who worked with her directly. She told us classic, Devil Wears Prada-esque tales about what a difficult person Martha was to work for, and yet, ever the loyal, 15 year old Courtney was enamored.

Most of my admiration was tied, and still is, to the monthly calendar she publishes within the first few pages of Living.

I remember daydream about all the planning and preparation I'd take to ready my (then hypothetical) home, for the coming season. Launder holiday linens and store for next year. Clean and organize the potting shed. Prune the fruit trees.  

In retrospect, I realize that these daydreams were a tad lofty. But, I still aim to have a monthly plan for Content, though I imagine you'll never catch me touring our property on cross country skies.

So, here's what John and I have planned for March. If the weather cooperates, most goals are getting the exterior of the property ready for spring:

1. Install mailbox (finally!) and house numbers.
2. Submit Spring market vendor applications for Content Woodworking.
3. Weed garden beds, ready for mulch.
4. Order New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) to plant beside front steps.
5. Finish storm window construction (never finished for winter). Say "thank you" prayer for the mild winter...
6. Research Mountain Laurel for north-east corner of house.
7. Guest Suite #1 punch list (poly floor repairs)
8. Research stow-able folding bed options for the Annex

So, what's on your "get ready for Spring" list?