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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Scrap-booking Question

January 29, 2009 at 10:32 am (Scrap-booking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been scrap-booking since I was in high school. I love taking photos and loving preserving memories, so this is quickly became one of my favorite hobbies. Due to being extremely busy I quit scrap-booking for a few years almost completely. The other day I found some very adorable paper and was so inspired I have started scrap-booking again full force. (The paper was from Micheal’s, which I recommend!).

I have come across a small problem, however, that I am hoping you out there in the blog world can help me with. My supplies are currently stored in about 4 different boxes. I rummage through the boxes when I am in search of inspiration or the perfect color of paper. The are constantly getting messy and unmanageable. The boxes are not uniform, either, which makes them hard to store. I am such a neat freak that this is really bothering me. I have seen carrying cases for sale that are meant for scrap-booking, but they are ridiculously overpriced!

My dilemma: I am insearch of an affordable, possibly DIY solution to the scrapbooking mess!

Here are just a couple of my unruly boxes of scrapbooking materials.  I love the pink box, as it is an oversized gift box from Victoria's Secret, but the heavy materials are starting to demolish the box!

Here are just a couple of my unruly boxes of scrap-booking materials. I love the pink box, as it is an over-sized gift box from Victoria's Secret, but the heavy materials are starting to demolish the box!

Here is just a glimpse of the plethora of supplies needed for scrapbooking.  Scissors, stickers, markers, pens, accessories, paper...

Here is just a glimpse of the plethora of supplies needed for scrap-booking. Scissors, stickers, markers, pens, accessories, paper...

I was thinking that sticker sheets and paper might be categorized and sorted in some sort of accordion type portfolio folder (Wal-Mart even carries on in a black and white damask pattern!). But, the 12′ x12′ sheets of paper might not fit in one of those. What do you think? Suggestions?

Here is a glimpse of the pages I have completed recently. Any page ideas? If you would like help with your scrapbook just drop me a line about that as well! 🙂

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P.S. It really is too bad that photos don’t do the details of these pages justice, as some of this paper is really gorgeous up close!

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