Since we have been having so much rain lately, some of the outdoor projects have been on hold a bit. Luckily, the garden was planted before all the rain, so I have been LOVING not having to water! We might just be a crazy family of rain-lovers.
Since Summer is getting close (but some of us are still Spring Cleaning), I thought I would share an article I wrote for the Idaho State Journal in April:
While the exact origin of ‘Spring Cleaning’ is debatable and spans many cultures, people throughout history have been stricken by the urge to clean when the days get longer. Whether added daylight hours cause us to have more energy or the bright sun illuminates cobwebs in the corners, we feel the need to freshen up our spaces. When you are gripped with the urge to clean, there are a few cleaning tasks that are much easier to do when the weather is nice.
- Scrubbing out garbage cans. While I would like to say these get cleaned on a regular basis, they don’t. On one of the first nice days of the year, I bring every garbage and recycling can in the house out on to the lawn. I give them a good spray with the hose and scrub them as needed with some mild dish soap. When they are sparkling clean, I let them dry and air out in the sun before bringing them in again.
- Shaking out rugs. Even with vacuuming, a few of the rugs in our house tend to look a little dingy after winter. Take them outside and give them a good shake, or even give them a few whacks with a broom handle or baseball bat. If the rugs are washable, toss them in your washing machine or spray them down with a hose. The sun helps speed up drying time and makes them smell fresh.
- Wash dining chairs, folding chairs and kid chairs. Our dining chairs are all metal, so I love taking them outside and making them sparkle with the hose and a scrub brush to get in all the little nooks and crannies where crumbs and popsicles get stuck. The kids loved spraying their own chairs and booster seats!
- Wash windows, inside and out. If you are peering out at the pretty blossoms on your tree through dirty fingerprinted windows, you are missing out! Take advantage of the slightly warmer days to wipe off the grim and make your windows sparkle. Your whole room will feel brighter through that streak-free glass. My preferred method: A mix of about 2 cups of water, ¼ cup of vinegar, and a small squirt of dish soap. Wipe with a microfiber cloth (indoors) or a squeegee (outdoors).
- Wash your front door, sweep the entry and shake the mat. Our front door tends to get dirty quickly with the wind and rain. A quick dusting with the vacuum or a soft damp cloth brightens the color again. If your door is in need of some TLC, Spring is a perfect time to paint it a color that compliments your home. A little cleaning of the steps and the door mat make our home feel welcoming again. As soon as the weather allows, I also plant something gorgeous in the pots on the front porch.
Welcome, Spring! Open all the windows, put on some happy music, and let the scrubbing begin. Who knows, you might even feel like rearranging the furniture.
*Look for progress pictures of the guest room this coming week!