Jump into spring cleaning

  • Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Rosemary Friedmann-Sadez
Rosemary Friedmann-Sadez

Spring is here, so it must be time to get the house ready to look, well, springy.

How do we do that without a lot of money and a lot of effort? Let’s check it out.


Get rid of the clutter first. That might be all it takes to make your house feel clean and spring like. One way to get this job done is to separate the good stuff from the junk. Throw away the junk.

Some things are hard to get rid of, so give those things away. It always feels good to give to someone in need.

Which leads me to another group — the giveaway group. If you’re not keeping it and you’re not tossing it, then give it to someone in need. Charities can always use items you don’t use anymore.

Throw away the junk, take the giveaways to your favorite charity and what is left should be much easier to handle as far as spring cleaning is concerned.

Someone suggested splitting up the work into small, easy-to-manage sizes rather than be overwhelmed by a huge job that soon or later becomes “I’m exhausted but still have this huge mess to contend with.”

Are you a list-maker? If so, then this next suggestion is right up your alley. Make a list of all the areas in your house that need attention, then list the work into priorities.

Lots of sun will hopefully be streaming in through your windows this spring. UV-protection is important so your upholstery and your carpet don’t fade.

Window shades are a good idea if you don’t already have them. Be sure they do have UV-protection. Many do, but be sure to ask before purchasing.

Once the house is clean and fresh-looking, bring the outdoors in with live plants and flowers.

To make a seeming seamless transition from indoors to outdoors, consider using the same type of planters inside as outside and using complementary foliage inside as outside on the patio or porch.

Do you like that lemon-fresh scent? Try this on for size.

Take a small vase or glass bottle and mix in lemon-scented fragrance oil and mineral oil that is used as a non-evaporating base to hold the oils. You will also add a small dose of vodka to this mix.

The vodka thins the oils and gets them to the right consistency so they move up the reeds that you will be placing in the vase or glass bottle.

How much of each? Start with 1/4 cup of mineral oil. Add two to three tablespoons of vodka. Stir to mix well, then add the lemon-fragrance oil.

This is also a good concoction to drink if you get too tired to continue with spring cleaning. Just kidding.

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