I Can See Clearly Now, The Schmutz is Gone

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I don’t know about you, but I have serious Spring Fever. For some that means a road trip to the farm market to pick up pansies, or the first veggie of spring, asparagus.

For others, it means a road trip on your bike or your feet. It’s time to get out of the gym.

And still others, it’s a road trip to the mall to pick up a few of this season’s “must-haves.”

But for me, it means just one thing…it’s window-washing time. Whoaho!!!

I can just see your little fingers inching toward the delete key, but before you go….

In her book, 27 Things To Feng Shui Your Home, Tisha Morris asks, “Want more clarity or a new perspective in your life? Just as the eyes are the windows of the soul, windows are the eyes of the outside world. Windows not only bring in light and connect us to the outdoors, but they also are an important contributor to the overall energy in homes. Windows increase chi, or energy flow, and should therefore be kept clean and clear.”

Tisha goes on to remind us that we often need a new perspective in life. She explains, “When you find yourself in such a situation, try cleaning your windows. By seeing clearly into the outside world, you are able to see beyond yourself with a new clarity and objectivity. This can also help in making clear decisions and paying attention to the details of life.”

She’s a pretty smart cookie. It makes sense, right? Well, if you’re not convinced, why not try it out?

Just a note—if you don’t want to clean your own windows, feel free to snag your kids or hire someone to do it for you. The point is to have clean windows, not to feel stress from doing a chore you don’t want or have time to do.


Step 1:

Choose a non-toxic window cleaner, or you can easily and inexpensively make your own.

For the inside of the windows in our home, I mix together in an empty spray bottle:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice


Step 2:

Just spray and wipe dry with a rag or paper towel. Continue on all interior windows in your home.


Step 3:

To clean the exterior of the windows, I enlist the help of my handy husband and his extendible squeegee.

We mix a bucket of 50/50 water to white distilled vinegar. I sponge on, and Mr. S. squeegees off.

It’s actually a fun project for two people, but it’s also not so bad doing it alone. Turn on some music, forget you have neighbors, and let loose, my window-washing warriors. Soon, you’ll be seeing things in a whole new way.


And speaking of a whole new way, I hope you like the new Figs & Function weekly BlogLetter site. (That’s blog plus newsletter). It’s been awhile in the making and hopefully it will address your needs and inspire you with some new ideas. So feel free to browse around and see what’s new. But before I go, I want to thank those people who made this site possible for all of us.

First, I want to thank Kelly Korman for your amazing graphic design of the new Figs & Function logo. Your creativity, instincts, and lightning-fast speed make working with you like a dream come true.

To Scott, from Yikes (www.yikesinc.com), thank you for designing and developing the website and for making everything that I wanted happen. I swear I’m really not this indecisive, and you, my patient programmer, are a saint.

To Wendy Bower Catalano, my long lost 1st grade best friend, high school gal pal and now editor (www.lastlookeditorial.com), you truly are a genius. I’m not surprised you proof and edit for a living. In all of our years together in school, you never had any red circles correcting mistakes in grammar or spelling on your English papers. (I only wish I had known how good you were back then. I might have avoided getting so many “C”s in English.)

And last but not least, a special thank you to Chris Taylor of TaylorTech Consulting  (www.taylortechconsulting.com), who basically got this entire project from my head to your computer without killing me, or himself. Chris, the way you can retrieve things that I’ve accidentally deleted, again and again, and the way you can teach me the same steps over and over and over without losing your mind, and the way you never leave our meetings exhausted (or at least show me how drained I’ve made you) is truly miraculous. But there is one person who probably appreciates you more than I do…that would be Mr. S.


And to all of you, our faithful readers, I want to thank you for your support and encouragement over these past 6 months. I wake up each morning and can’t wait to begin teaching you from my computer in my pajamas. Not a bad lifestyle at all!!

I wish for you, health, happiness, and the clarity to see the wonderful things that are possible in your lives. 

Until Next Time,

Be Well,

Suzy 😉


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4 Responses to “I Can See Clearly Now, The Schmutz is Gone”

    • Suzy

      Thanks Diana for your kind words. We Pitta girls are never afraid of hard work, are we? Plus, it’s always great to find something we love doing. xo

  1. Mr. s

    Suz, you better ‘fess up, tell them who did the outside windows by himself without music and without vinegar!


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