Thursday, March 05, 2009


For many of us, spring time usually includes the yearly ritual of spring cleaning. As much as I look forward to my home being freshly swept out and every nook in order again, the whole idea can weigh around my shoulders like a heavy winter coat. One more thing to add to the TO DO List ... I think I feel my shoulders hurting already!

So how are we to to keep from feeling so overwhelmed before we even begin? Well, I'm going to make a TA DAH List! For my intents and purposes, it's a list that replaces the TO DO and it lists what has been--or will be--accomplished on a given day or week.

You can write the list out at the beginning of the day, as in -- "TA DAH! Look what I'll get done today!" (a list of intent)

Or, you can write it at the end of the day -- "TA DAH! Look what I got done today!" (a list of accomplishment)

The phrase TO DO seems so negatively embedded in my emotional bank, just thinking about the phrase makes me feel weighted and less eager. Calling it a TA DAH list makes me feel lighter, more cheerful, and energetic.

I'm all for making my life feel lighter and more beautiful, so here's to spring cleaning with our TA DAH Lists!

Now where is that feather duster?

PS. Yesterday Lin, a fellow blogger, posted a great example of a TA DAH list. For her, it was a list of accomplishments. You might want to pop over and take a peek!


  1. Finally opened my computer and found these lovely yellow poppies on your site. Makes me long for spring on this cold winters day. I will have to see if i can find something yellow to warm me up.

  2. thanks for the link to my blog and a new spin on ta dah lists. I find I'm getting in the mood for spring cleaning a new vacuum cleaner and that helps a lot. The other one I had to drag around-this was follows me like an obedient puppy and puts a new spin on dusting...

  3. Thanks, Evelyn, for stopping by! Yellow is so cheery, for sure. As you know my whole house seems to be painted in yellow.

    Lin, You made me chuckle with your description of your vacuum cleaners. Thanks for popping by.

  4. Darn it! And here I thought I had come up with the concept of To-Do's and Ta-Da's all by my lonesome. Ta-Da lists are always far more rewarding than To-Do lists for me.


  5. I love your bright and cheerful blog banner! And thank you for visiting my site so that I can come and find yours.
    To make a Ta Dah list sounds like a wonderful option than those dreary to do lists.
    I'm looking forward to exploring your blog.


  6. Hi Brenda - have already visited your "Pink" site and found my way here. Great post - what a fantastic idea, much more upbeat and inspiring to have a TA DA list. I usually have a TO DO list but will begin my new look list TODAY!

    Love the beautiful flowers at the head of the page.

    A x

  7. Brenda, thanks so much for visiting my blog all the way over in Africa :) I'm glad to have found yours, and just have to say how much I love your header photograph - it's really lovely !
    Lynda, Kilimanjaro, East Africa

  8. Cindy, If it's any comfort, the TA DAH was not my original idea either, I just honed it to suit me. And besides, you know what they say about great minds thinking alike... (smile).

    Thanks, Lorrie, for your delightful comment.

    And, Anne, you always add some sweetness to my day.

    Lynda, how quickly we can 'fly' to the other side of the world with our magic carpet blogs! It is magic!


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