Day 3: Treating My Home to Flowers & Green Cleaners

Liveblogging the January Cure

Today's assignment makes me smile. For me, this is part of the January Cure that makes it more than just a challenge to organize your home in a month. This is the therapy part. There's plenty of time to scrub (like the floor clean we're doing this weekend), so treat yourself — go grab a bouquet and some cleaners that smell good and are good for the planet!

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I picked up a $20 bouquet at the grocery store and broke it down into four different bunches: the large vase in my living room, a rose and some greenery on my nightstand, a couple sprigs for a cute magnetic bud vase I had never used on my fridge, and a hydrangea stem on my kitchen table. Four separate bursts of blooms that inspire smiles, all for $20. Money well spent!

Perhaps to my bank statement's dismay, I have no problem treating myself every now and then. However, if you feel strange buying yourself some flowers, use Maxwell's suggestion and think of it as buying flowers not for yourself, but for your home. It's a simple shift of perspective that makes a difference. Plus, it's homework!

It's the same with spending a little extra on green cleaners. I've used a few green cleaners in the past, but nothing that made the task pleasant, for sure. Then I got a whiff of Mrs. Meyers' basil-scented line. A few clicks and a Vine.com coupon later, they were on my doorstep in two days.

I was honestly stunned by how positively I reacted to today's task. Every time I see my flowers, I feel happy. Wiping down the counter is a burst of fresh, smile-inducing scent. All the while, I'm thinking, "I hate cleaning! What's happening to me?!" I hope you all are having bursts of happy, too!

Do you ever buy yourself flowers? What are your favorite green cleaners?

JANUARY CURE LINKS:
Day 3: Weekend Chores — Flowers, Floors, Green Cleaners & Outbox

(Image: Tara Bellucci)