Creative Cleaning and Cleansing

"Less Stress from Cleaning the Mess." From decluttering to inspiration! Proverbs 31:27a

7 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge – Day 6

Outdoor is just as rewarding as the indoor when it comes to Deep Cleaning!

Here are some recommendations:

  • Clean out your gutters.
  • Examine all exterior for damages. Wiring, windows, piping, paneling, decking, patio furniture etc…make a list and have items repaired right away. Small fixes now can save you a major expense or major damage.
  • Clean patio furniture and chairs.
  • Remove old potting plants, dead leaves and items that need to be trashed. Replace with new plants that are colorful, especially the entrance.
  • Weed front and back yard.  Fertilize with a weed and feed and then water yard.
  • Add fresh mulch to flowerbeds, tree areas and shrubs.
  • Trim trees, bushes and shrubbery.
  • Replace light bulbs or outside light sources.
  • Clean or replace doormats.
  • Clean any glass that you can reach. Allow the sun in!
  • Clean out your garbage cans, birdbaths, grills etc…
  • Sweep entrances, driveways and sidewalks.
  • Hand a current décor on your door or place in your yard.
  • Clean out your cars. Wash and wax for a maximum clean.
  •  For those that have a pool, or hot tub, or a pond, or other places, clean as usual.

Make some tea and brownies and enjoy the outdoors!

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10 Great Summer Organizing Tips

Summer Outside Organizing In the fall and winter, we’re trapped by cold and climate so we’re more likely to clear a closet or tidy a space indoors. Don’t stop getting organized because it is summer. There are plenty of organizing tips that can help you keep things tidy or save you time during the summer months.

1. Add a row of coat hooks to your garage or carport wall. Label one for each family member and add a few for guests. You’ve created a great space for wet bathing suits and damp beach towels.

2. Below each hook, add a plastic tote with handles. Each family member can drop in their swim shoes or flip-flops, suntan lotion or beach toys. Everyone is ready to go without a lot of scrambling.

3. Grilling out? Double your meat. Use half for dinner tonight and use the other half for dinner tomorrow – but in a totally new way. Tonight’s grilled chicken can become tomorrow night’s grilled chicken salad, hoagie or even chicken tacos. It’s too hot to cook every night!

4. Set a watering routine. It’s costly to replace sod, grass seed or flowers because you forgot to water. If you don’t have a sprinkler system, you can buy a battery-powered timer for your hose. Remember to water pots by tying it to another event such as putting your trash cans to the curb or putting the coffee pot on in the morning.

5. Keep your picnic basket stocked. There’s always an occasion, from a concert in the park to a ballgame, that calls for food-to-go. Stock your picnic basket with paper plates, plastic ware, cups, napkins and wet wipes.

6. Organize your grill tools by hanging them. Most long-handled spatulas and tongs are too long for kitchen drawers. Place a pegboard in the garage, outside the kitchen door or on a pantry wall. Or, add hooks to the inside of a pantry or cabinet door. Now you can store all your tools in one spot.

7. Buy an extra laundry basket. Use it for clean beach towels, cover-ups and suits. If you need to head to the water park, river, lake or pool, the entire basket can go with you.

8. A clean, extra outside trashcan is perfect for storing water toys. Drill a few holes in the bottom to insure that water will drain and the toys won’t get moldy. Use the can, without the lid, to hold water noodles, rafts and floats.

9. Rafts too big for a can? Add two hooks to the wall. Use bungee cords, connected to the hooks, to hold the rafts upright.

10. Don’t feel that you have to constantly be the one to clean up the outdoor toys, water play area and sandbox. Create a summer chore chart and assign that duty on different days to different family members. If they can share in the fun, they can share in keeping the area tidy.

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Summer Cleaning Motivation

How to Get Motivated To Do Summer Cleaning

 

Instructions

things you’ll need:

  • Music
  • Water
  • Cleaning supplies
  • ENERGY
  • 1

First start off by going to the store. Who doesn’t love a little shopping? Splurge on some new cleaning products you’ve never tried before. If you can afford it, buy some of the more expensive, really pretty ones that smell quite nice. Buy all the cleaning products you will need. You may want to buy some summer themed cleaning items with lots of floral scents! Buying new things usually helps you get motivated to do things. Also you may want to stock up on gloves, sponges, magic erasers, buckets, mops, brooms. Sometimes a nice, new mop can really excite you and get you in the cleaning mood.

  • 2

Next you will want to have some awesome music playing in the background while you clean. Nothing is worse than doing your summer cleaning to a silent house. Or a house with kids screaming. So turn on some tunes. Make a playlist of your favorite songs, or just turn on the radio. Make sure it is music that will get you PUMPED UP to clean, not make you fall asleep while you are cleaning under the beds!

  • 3

Next you will need a refreshing beverage while you clean. Water is a wonderful choice. I like to add the little Crystal Light lemonade packages to the water to make it a bit yummier, and it reminds me of summer too! Choose whatever beverage you want. But have it handy as you clean. Cleaning does have a tendency to make one thirsty!

  • 4

Next, clean, clean, clean! Sing while you clean! Dance a little while you clean! Do the funky chicken while you clean! Drink some of your beverage. Then clean some more! Don’t stop. Once you stop, you might not start again. Don’t let the summer heat get to you! Turn on a fan or the air conditioner!

  • 5

After you are all done, finish it all off by scenting your home with a new air freshener. You could use a spray kind, diffuser, or a nice plug in kind. Whatever you choose, it will really make you appreciate your hard cleaning efforts! You did a great job! You now deserve a nap!

Tips & Warnings

  • Make cleaning FUN.
  • Make a list of everything you want to accomplish then STICK TO IT
  • Sometimes the evil dirt fairies will try to convince you to let them stay and play a while. This is a trick and you must swat them out of your house with your broom immediately. Only clean fairies are allowed in your house.
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Great Grilling

Summer is a perfect time to get the grill going!  Here are some really great sites to get the party started!

  

All Recipes

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/everyday-cooking/quick-and-easy/quick-and-easy-grilling/Main.aspx

Martha Stewart

http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/easy-grilling-recipes

Delish

http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/parties/barbecue-grilling/easy-weeknight-grill-recipes

Good Housekeeping

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food/quick/easy-weeknight-grilling-0607

Kaboose

http://recipes.slides.kaboose.com/287-15-quick-easy-grilling-recipes

Great Grilling

http://www.grilling.com/food/recipes/?gclid=CLaE8rWY0qgCFURx5Qod2Qj9fw

Let me know your favorite or just invite me over!  I will bring dessert!  Enjoy your Grilling and remember to be safe around the fires!

Looking forward to the next party at your house!  =)

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Summer Check List

SUMMER: Here is a basic Check List to help get started to make it the best Summer Yet!

About the House:

  • Think ahead to fall. Schedule furnace maintenance now and beat the October rush. You’ll be snug and warm that first cold night.
  • Pestpatrol: inspect yard and garden for carpenter ants or termites. Call an exterminator if you see signs of infestation. Beware of fire ants in the South! If you see telltale mounds, treat with grits or borax. Keep borax away from children.
  • Keep tabs on decks, siding and trim. Will you need to perform touch-up work before winter? Order paint and be ready for the first cooler days of early autumn.
  • Control garbage can odor with a can clean-out. Rinse garbage cans with a hose, dump the water, then spray with disinfectant. Let the cans sit for 10 minutes, then rinse again. Turn upside down to dry.
  • Inspect gutters, and clean out any leafy debris. Summer thunderstorms won’t faze you if your gutters are in good working order.
  • Make a safety inspection of children’s outdoor play equipment. Tighten loose bolts and cover with plastic protectors.
  • Late summer is a slow time for home maintenance and cleaning companies. Look for summer discounts from carpet cleaners, gutter installers, and window washing firms, and get the jump on fall cleaning!
  • Prepare the medicine chest and first aid kit for summer’s little medical emergencies. In the bathroom, dispose of outdated medication as recommended by local health authorities. Be sure the first aid kit has ample adhesive bandages for scrapes, calamine lotion for insect bites, and hot/cold packs for strains or sprains. Print a first-aid kit checklist for your Household Notebook.
  • Make an emergency list for baby-sitters and school kids on vacation. Print an emergency numbers page to post by each household telephone. Include phone numbers for the fire department, police, poison control, and ambulance. Don’t forget numbers for parents at work, a family contact, and nearby neighbors. Be sure to write the home address on the list; it will aid rescuers if help is needed.
  • Print vacation packing lists for family travel. Include one list for each family member. Between vacation trips, store the lists inside the luggage or add them to your Household Notebook.
  • Tackle patio and sliding door tracks. Summer is open-door season, so be sure your doors open smoothly. Grab a bottle of all-purpose (degreasing) cleaner, a screwdriver and lots of rags. Spray the tracks generously and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Wrap the screwdriver with a rag, and make several careful passes along the track to get out the gunk.
  • Check washing machine hoses. Replace them if you find cracks or bulges–or if they’re over two years old.
  • Hold a garage sale. Declutter house and garage to turn cash to trash.

The Inside Story:

  • Late summer is a slow time for home maintenance and cleaning companies. Look for summer discounts from carpet cleaners, gutter installers, and window washing firms, and get the jump on fall cleaning!
  • Prepare the medicine chest and first aid kit for summer’s little medical emergencies. In the bathroom, dispose of outdated medication as recommended by local health authorities. Be sure the first aid kit has ample adhesive bandages for scrapes, calamine lotion for insect bites, and hot/cold packs for strains or sprains. Print a first-aid kit checklist for your Household Notebook.
  • Make an emergency list for baby-sitters and school kids on vacation. Print an emergency numbers page to post by each household telephone. Include phone numbers for the fire department, police, poison control, and ambulance. Don’t forget numbers for parents at work, a family contact, and nearby neighbors. Be sure to write the home address on the list; it will aid rescuers if help is needed.
  • Print vacation packing lists for family travel. Include one list for each family member. Between vacation trips, store the lists inside the luggage or add them to your Household Notebook.
  • Tackle patio and sliding door tracks. Summer is open-door season, so be sure your doors open smoothly. Grab a bottle of all-purpose (degreasing) cleaner, a screwdriver and lots of rags. Spray the tracks generously and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Wrap the screwdriver with a rag, and make several careful passes along the track to get out the gunk.
  • Check washing machine hoses. Replace them if you find cracks or bulges–or if they’re over two years old.
  • Hold a garage sale. Declutter house and garage to turn cash to trash!

More Summer Creative Cleaning coming soon!

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