Spring Cleaning

May 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Like I said, last weekend we did some deep cleaning for spring.  Yesterday on my Thursday off, I finally finished (as finished as housework ever gets!) the spring cleaning.  I wanted the house to be spotless for my family coming into town to visit this weekend.  So, here are some always great to remember spring cleaning ideas:

1. Clean the gutters.  Spring is time for rain, rain will flood your basement if the gutters are overflowing!  Or like us, you might have to walk through a waterfall to get out the door!  So, Tony climbed the ladder, hauled a garbage can along with him, and cleaned the gutters.

2.  Wash windows.  I love clean windows, they even brighten up a room.  But, at least this one time a year you should deep clean them, inside and out.  I not only windex-ed them, but also took a Q-tip to the corners and tiny spaces.  Fresh spring air is great flowing through clean windows!

3. Scrub the walls and untouched spots.  Walls, especially in the kitchen, get grimy.  Paint will look more its original color if gently washed clean once in a while, plus it keeps spider webs out of corners and in vents.  Also, take a dish-soapy towel to the tops of cabinets and inside the cupboards.  These rarely cleaned spots need it now and then!

4. Spray and scrub siding.  We are still working a bit on  this one.  But, taking the hose to your siding will instantly freshen the outside of your house.  On the porch I scrubbed stuck on dirt off with a wet cloth. 

5.  Move all furniture to clean/vacuum.  I vacuum all the time.  But, sometimes I am lazy and don’t move every piece of furniture.  I actually never move the bed or couches.  So, this time of year I try to move all things, even the big ones and clean or vacuum under them.  You never know how much crud has built up under there. 

6.  And, finally, go through drawers and cupboards.  We have a junk drawer that overflows every once in a while.  Spring in particular is the time to go through these drawers, even clothes drawers of closets.  Toss things you no longer want to keep, gather up the things you want to sell or take to Goodwill, and neatly arrange back the things you want to keep.

After taking these few steps your house should be spring ready (pretty much!). Take a deep breathe once you are done.  Doesn’t that feel good?  Fresh?  Spring is the time for fresh starts! 🙂

And, while there are no pictures of dirty windows and gross gutter goo to show you, I do have a set of cute martini glasses for sale!  They are plastic, and oh so cute! 

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So, what other good spring cleaning ideas do you all have?

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Rain Lamp

January 13, 2009 at 9:42 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

After some research I quickly learned that the lamp I recieved from my grandparents (posted the other day) is called a Rain Lamp. The lamp uses mineral oil and was invented by Darrell H. Johnson. Once I figured out what exactly the lamp did, how to clean it, and what to put in it, I started in on the daunting task of cleaning the mess.

The lamp had sat for years and years in my grandparents’ garage. They got sick of it in their house, but couldn’t completely part with it. Being sticky with oil, the lamp collected a thick layer of dirt and grass being in a garage for so long. So…

I started by wiping the entire lamp off with a wet cloth. It cleaned the dirt, but nothing really removed the grease. I used a small amount of soap next. I also used both wet and dry Q-tips to reach the statue indside. Overall, the cleaning alone took a few hours.

But, after putting some elbow grease into the project, it was ready to hang!  We finished hanging the lamp last night.  The lamp looks good in the space, but everything else in that area is starting to look a bit cluttered.  I will have to do some moving there.  But, check out the lamp!

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If you have any suggestions on rearranging so it isn’t so cluttered over there, just let me know!

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