Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring has Sprung

You know what that means??? It's time to clean. Clean, clean and declutter.

At least that's how it goes down in my house.

The semi- annual, get crazy and get cleaning party is about to start. Well it's not really a party, since it's mostly just me, myself and I that get down and dirty, but I SHOULD enlist the help of others. My husband got the backyard and our "slope" on his mind, so that's his spare time project, as well as the garage. Getting it back to a state of "happiness" so that I park can in there once again. Oh, that will be so lovely. I can't wait. I'm not going to get overly excited though, sometimes, he takes years to finish a project, and I'm not exaggerating one bit. I wouldn't do that. Well, not about him finishing a project, I would maybe about something else. And Bubba, he could help too, but I do most of it while he is at school in the morning, pre-afternoon hours when I have my groove on and can get things done.

So, back to spring cleaning. This is the time of year, that for me this is what I do.

  1. Windows need washing. (vinegar and water works great- just cheap plain white distilled)
  2. Baseboards and walls need a good scrub down, (vinegar and water is also my favorite on this)
  3. Cupboards are cleaned out, wiped down, sorted through, expired food trashed. That sort of thing. (I use vinegar here too, to wipe things down. I use vinegar actually for A LOT of things. It's a great go to cleaner.)
  4. Plants, trees and shrubs are pruned and cut for the new growth. (I do the plants; I let my husband do the trees.)
  5. Clothes. Go through the clothes and take out long pants, long sleeves, sweaters, and that sort of thing. I now put them on the other side of the closet. My boys have double sided closets, before I used to pack them up and put them in a bin if I didn't sell, or get rid of them, now I just move them to the other side of the closet. Since Mother Nature likes to be sneaky and all the sudden we'll get a cold day in the middle of HOT days and no clothes are to be found, I now keep them accessible, at least a few things. {Important fact: I didn't even know this, but this year is El NiƱo, which means for us in California, it gets more wet than years in the past. I guess this happens every 7 years, and this year is THE year, so I'll keep rain/colder things on hand.}

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. These are the things that I do, twice a year to keep in some "Deep" cleaning and get things organized for the upcoming warm and summer months!

Happy Cleaning! If you have any tips and or ideas, please share! I love to find new ways organinzing or cleaning things. It makes my heart sing.


Meredith said...

Love the Spring Cleaning post! What ratio of vinegar to water do you use? I've been convinced recently that it's definitely the way to go- cheaper AND environmentally friendly!

Gina said...

Vinegar is awesome for cleaning EVERYTHING! it amazes me! I keep watered-down vinegar in squirt bottles under the kitchen sink and one of the bathrooms.

threeboogers said...

I don't really measure Meredith. About 1 cup to a big bowl (like mixing bowl size that you'd make cookies in) full of water when I do my baseboards.

It is, isn't it Gina!

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