Whether you live in 1 room or 10, alone or with others, house cleaning is part of our lives! The dust collects, the dirt grabs hold, fingerprints and smudges and soil appear here and there. And that doesn’t count the clutter, dirty laundry, unwashed dishes, trash in the trash cans, mail to be sorted, recycling to be handled, and light bulbs to be changed!
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We, as seniors, have our hands full with the house cleaning chores to be done! But with Spring approaching, it is the perfect time to get a plan in mind and take action for cleaner, more orderly surroundings. Ideally, we would hire someone to do Spring Cleaning for us. Or perhaps hire a young person to help, at least a few hours, with some of the more difficult tasks. Finding the right, trustworthy person or working that into our budget is not always possible, so we have some hints that will hopefully make your Spring cleaning and future home maintenance easier.
There are also some basic safety issues to keep in mind, depending on your own situation. My son, for example, has put down a new rule for me: Never Climb the Ladder Again! This means, of course, that someone else has to replace light bulbs or pull down or put away in places I can’t reach with arm’s length! Another rule: Never Go to the Attic Alone! The stairs may be steep, making it dangerous for anyone with possible unsteady steps. So, along the cleaning route, do keep your safety in mind!
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There are two basic approaches you may wish to consider:
A Room a Day: Determine to totally clean that particular room and very thoroughly. Polish the furniture, wash the nicknacks, check all light bulbs, sweep mop, wax or vacuum floors, clean baseboards, door frames, cabinets, shutters or blinds, and so on.
A Chore a Day: List 8-10 major cleaning chores for each room (such as those listed in #1 above), then do the same chore in every room of the house on a particular day.
Think about these, and our next post, Part 2, real soon will give some specific great hints for you to use as Spring approaches and you want to do your Spring house cleaning!
Are you a senior citizen Downton Abbey fan? Do you giggle at her sarcasm and wit and clap for her when she really hits a zinger? I know I do! Any time you are invited to a costume party throughout the year, you can easily attend as the Dowager Countess in this dress. Practice your accent, make a few notes of your favorite Violet quotes, and memorize some great lines and you will be the hit of the evening!
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As Violet would say, “Surely you can pretend to have enough class to at least dress like a proper Grantham.”
There are plenty of other Downton Abbey costume ideas available if you would rather be another countess! Choose your favorite or design your own!
You will find some great quotes from Violet at Lady Violet Quotes
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I bought these super lids for some of my friends at Christmas this year – and everybody seems to love them. I even bought one for myself. I am amazed at how tightly it seals the container. No more searching for lids for me. I just grab my lilypad. If I make tuna salad or chicken salad and need a quick lid, I pop on the lily pad and put it in the refrigerator, knowing it will be safe and fresh tomorrow.
I found this online after reading a review by a friend. I had never seen them before. They are pretty to look at and now I want every size. There are other styles too, but the lilypad is my favorite.
Don’t wait! Start now to plan a festive March 17, 2014 for family and friends with these St. Patrick’s Day event ideas! It is the perfect time to snuggle in with your computer and review the holiday through Google and Wikipedia. Although I have heard about it, and worn a shamrock or definitely some green, I really did not know much about the holiday, so the overview was most helpful.
What a wonderful way to welcome Spring with special green touches in our homes after the blah months of cold and winter! Perhaps March first is a good goal. We can creatively think of ways to make a shamrock wreath for the door, or add shamrock and green dishtowels in the kitchen or hand towels in the bathroom. Even more fun would be to change the shower curtain to the one below!
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Think seriously about turning this into a family affair! Include children in the excitement of the holiday by providing them “green activities” such as making cards for grandparents or classmates, learning where Ireland is on the map and exploring the country, and of course, making shamrock sugar cookies made of green dough, sprinkled with green sugar, perhaps even decorated with green icing! Any Irish blood in your family? A simple genealogy lesson may well be included in St. Patrick’s Day event ideas, along with a hearty Irish meal for the family.
A Wearing of the Green small brunch may be a thought as well! What a great opportunity to entertain friends and use green and/or shamrock linens for the table. Small shamrock plants in green containers, or green paper and ribbon would carry out the theme. Fun shamrock paper hats could grace the table as well and I bet your guests would put them on immediately, particularly if you do first!
To top off the evening,expand some of these ideas into a cocktail party or dinner party. Whether catered or self prepared, a typical Irish meal highlighted with some surprises would be great! Irish music playing in the background, Irish Whiskey at the bar, and a surprise server will add real pizazz to the festivities. You may wish to hire someone to wear a special costume while serving appetizers to your guests. The green sparkle heels would be fun!
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I hope some of these St. Patrick’s Day event ideas have inspired you. Oh, doesn’t this sound like fun?
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I wrote a post early this morning over on bubblews about a fun trip to the beach with my friends. On this particular trip, we decided to try to get a photograph of us jumping in the air on the beach – like the young folks do. It was not a very good idea!
You can click here to read the story and laugh with us. Old Ladies Cannot Jump
Are you a puzzle nut? I sure am and thanks to my sister, I am addicted to this page of puzzles on line!
If you like to work puzzles, try this one. I predict you will enjoy it as much as I do! Click on the puzzle to visit the site and try the puzzle! Have fun!
HOME MAINTENANCE: Are your outside water pipes insulated? Do any exterior light bulbs needs replacing for the dark winter? Do you have any drafts that can be blocked? Are your garden tools cleaned and stored in a dry place? Where is your snow shovel (if needed)? Do you have kitty litter to sprinkle for safety on slippery steps?
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VEHICLE MAINTENANCE: Do you have sufficient anti-freeze in your car? What about the tires and brakes? Is an oil change or general service due?
TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS: Post telephone numbers of your primary contacts in case of loss of power/heat, cab companies who work on snow days, and of course, your local police and ambulance services in case of any emergency.
APPOINTMENTS AND MEDICATIONS: Review your calendar for winter appointments made or that need to be made. Fill prescriptions as quickly as you can in good weather in order to have a good supply if the weather turns bad and you cannot get out.
GENERAL MOBILITY: Do you have someone, perhaps in your neighborhood, who can help with clearing ice and snow from steps or driveway? Or pick up needed items at the grocery? Or bring your mail, if not delivered to your door? Safety is the vital issue! We do not need broken bones!
HINTS FOR NEEDS AND WANTS: Holidays are just around the corner! Why not drop hints to your family and friends about the things you may need or want for the winter months! A new throw or lap robe? Warmer flannel gown or pajamas? A nice robe? A book or two of stamps? A snuggly sweater?
MUST DO: By all means, if you do not have a cell phone, seriously consider purchasing one! I began cell phone usage with a very basic, inexpensive phone to which I added limited minutes by buying a card to do so. I used it only in emergency situations or when I traveled alone. Learn to use the phone and do two things: Call out and answer calls. Charge it faithfully every day! Mine actually, “sleeps with me” so it is right by my side if I have any concerns at all. In fact, my flashlight sleeps with me, too. Learn your location’s emergency short dial number! Include a list of most important numbers in your cell phone case, along with your own cell phone number…I never remember that one!
This is a long list, and I am sure most of these things you have handled or plan to, but maybe some of the list will helpful for your comfort and safety during the winter months! Let’s stay warm and enjoy!
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