From Part 1, you have now probably chosen the method of house cleaning that will work best for you, either by the room or by the task. You, and only you, are also aware of your energy level, your work speed, and the current state of your home. With those in mind, the tips will hopefully be helpful in either case.
SAFETY: Again, the issue of personal safety is critical! A clean light fixture or replaced bulb is not worth the risk of a fall and broken arm or hip if you should miss a step on the ladder. And the same awareness is important when getting down on the floor to clean lower cabinets and such. Can we get up without risk? Without assistance? As much as we hate it, there are some things we must rely on family members, friends, or hired assistance to do for us! Please do not take chances with your personal safety and well being.
SUPPLIES: We all probably have favorite products, brands, smells, we like to use when cleaning. Check your stock of glass/window cleaner, furniture polish, other household cleaners for painted wood, floors, carpet, and such then replenish before “start date.” As you assemble, you may wish to include a roll of paper towels, a small container/spray bottle of water, cleaning and drying cloths, and even an old toothbrush for scrubbing details. I use a plastic, handled carrier made especially for gathering such things. It may not hold them all, but it becomes the center part of cleaning endeavors with supplies together. The items listed above are the general ones for such rooms as living, dining, bedrooms. There are different supplies needed for kitchen and bathroom cleaning, so a separate collection will be needed for the days you chose to clean those rooms.
You may also want to study the newest cleaning products, for there are now so many “instant helpers” available. Some may well be worth trying! Premoisened cleaners make jobs easier and faster. With cleaning solutions, however, patience is wisdom! We need to allow a bit of time for the product to “do its job.” Reading product labels is critical for such information as well as the intent of the product, dangers, warnings, etc. Again, think about your personal safety! And let’s not forget some of the basics such as vinegar for cleaning usage! Check your local library or online for helpful hints for this and other less expensive and effective cleaning products.
GENERAL EQUIPMENT: A good vacuum cleaner is wonderful! So are good mops and brooms and dustpans! I find handling a heavy vacuum cleaner sometimes difficult, so I purchased a lightweight, cordless one with a detachable “dustbuster.” The main secret with any of them is to always be sure the bag or container which hold the dust and dirt is not too full! Check your supply of replacement bags to have on hand! Change the bag when it reaches the Full line or empty the provided container. Don’t waste energy when the equipment is not working to the maximum potential.
DON’T FORGET THE SMALL STUFF: A soiled light switch cover, a cloudy mirror, toothpaste splatters on the bathroom faucet, a moldy shower curtain, grungy rings around the eyes on the stove, a dirty trash can, crooked pictures on the wall, simple splatters on the refrigerator, dust on the treasured knick knacks are just a few of the small signs of an untidy house.
PRETEND YOU ARE A VISITOR, AND A CRITICAL ONE: Enter each room and seriously view the details of cleanliness and order. We are so accustomed to it, we normally just overlook the need for a good house cleaning! Take a look around, quite seriously to determine your plan of action!
Be safe, be thorough, be successful with your Spring Cleaning!
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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.
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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!