Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Cleanig Week!

Spring has sprung and the overwhelming urge to clean is striking houses everywhere! But, it is such an overwhelming task. I always feel motivated to clean for a couple of hours and when all of my stuff is being pulled out I feel the overwhelming urge to sit down and quit cleaning! So, each day I am going to give out tips for spring cleaning.

I was watching Rachael Ray this morning and there was a man named Peter Walsh as a guest. They said he was a professional organizer. Really, there are people who like to clean? I mean I like a clean house but I am guilty of that overstuffed closet that no one is allowed to open cause everything will come falling out! My house by all counts looks picked up when I have company, but if Peter Walsh was to inspect my house, I would be screwed. There would be no pulling the wool over his eyes!

I listened intently on what he had to say. I learned from 1 tip that he said that I could spring clean and unclutter my house in 10 minutes a day for 1 week. "Impossible" I said! But no, it is possible and it is so simple. So, here it goes...

Take 2 trash bags and set a timer for 10 minutes. Walk around your house and fill 1 bag with items you do not use anymore and fill 1 bag with items that are trash. He said if 2 people do this by the end of the week you will have 14 bags of trash and 14 bags to donate to Good Will.

That sound so easy! So, this is going to be my project this week. But since I am in control of most of the cleaning, and my husband doesn't throw anything away, I will be doing it myself so I will have 7 bags of trash and 7 bags to donate. This will still be a huge dent in my spring cleaning and I should not feel overwhelmed by this huge task!

Happy Cleaning!

*New Cleaning Tip for Tuesday. If you are cleaning your lamp shades use a dryer sheet.It collects the dust easier than using a regular cloth and it will leave the room smelling fresh!

*New Cleaning Tip for Wednesday. Rug Scrubbing! If you don't want to hire someone to come in and scrub your rugs, Try renting a rug scrubbing machine. You can rent them from many grocery and hardware stores. It will leave a nice clean scent in your home and will make your home feel like it is sparking clean!

* Cleaning Tip for Thursday. Go Green cleaning your windows! Mix 1 cup distilled white vinegar with 3 cups of warm water. Use crumpled up black and white newspaper and dip it into your mix. Ring the newspaper until it stops dripping. Wash your windows and dry with a dry crumpled up newspaper.

If your windows seems to be greasy or there is tough grime build up, use 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol or lemon juice (no pulp) and that will cut through the tough messes!