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Spring is here, well officially it is a few days away. Have you noticed the cherry blossoms and their luscious scent? The daffodils colorfully swaying their bonneted heads in the wind? The neon azaleas and the vibrant white dogwoods screaming for your attention? If you haven’t cottoned on, I love spring. And like many folks, I welcome the season by delving into a deep dive clean especially for those neglected areas of my home that are crying out for some TLC. And when I plunge in, I try my best to be mindful about the products I am using and the amount of resources consumed. That is definitely not easy when it comes to things like patio moss removal, outdoor window cleaning, and roof washing. But, where I can make an impact to be kind to the planet, I try my best because face it, that is all we can do right?
In fact, if you are interested in learning more about nurturing your home while reducing your environmental footprint, keep your eyes peeled. Recycling Guru Betty Shelley and I have a number of workshops in the offing where we will be sharing a boatload of tips that are easy on your time, wallet, and Mother Earth. And what guest would be more appropriate for my April Earth Day Month blog than Betty? I am super excited for the interview. She shared some awesome ideas. Be sure to check that out next month.
Where to begin spring cleaning since there is so much to do? Pick one thing a day that fits into your available time frame. For instance, I use tiered shelving in my master bathroom closet for toiletries. Wow, they were grossly dusty. Well, they should be, I have not fully cleaned them in a year. One unit was coated with oils that dripped from dispensers and mouthwash that ran down the side of the bottle unnoticed. That took some scraping.
Before leaving for work one morning, I tackled that shelf. I grabbed a bin to temporarily house the containers while I washed the plastic expandable shelving. Then with a damp rag, I swiped down the built-in shelf. Each day I selected a different row of the 5 sections to clean. This kept the job very manageable in the time I had available.
I also did the same thing with my artificial plants (yes, I still have some of those). I filled the washing machine with warm water for a small load, grabbed the plants, and one by one swished them in the water. I then allowed them to dry in the utility sink while some rested on rags on the countertop. By the time I returned from work later in the day, they were ready to be returned to their baskets and respective homes in each room.
As I previously mentioned in another tip, I did have my throw rugs and upholstery cleaned by an eco-carpet cleaner a few weeks back, and they did a beautiful and thorough job without toxic chemical smells or residues. Another thing checked off the list. And the advantage of having someone to do it for me was that I was able to do my work while they scrubbed. The price was somewhat reasonable since we have been saving for ten years (embarrassed blush). Thank goodness those dark colors hid the dirt pretty well.
Next up, one room a day interior windows and sills. The job goes relatively fast using vinegar on a Norwex Enviro Cloth to do a first round cleaning. Then I give the glass a shine with the Window Cloth. When the weather gets nicer, I will tackle the exterior windows that I can reach.
I hope this gives you some food for thought about how to get started on your projects without the overwhelm that some people encounter.
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