How to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Just short of a month from now it will be Spring…somewhere…because I live in the armpit of hell and we don’t have seasons.  Anyway, I wanted to share how I am going to tackle my Spring Cleaning this year.  You know what this is right? The annual “throw open the windows and let the fresh air of the new season waft through your home as you are scrubbing the baseboards to a brilliant shine!”

Hahaha…no.

In my former rabbit paced life, that would have been the scenario. There is no cleaning of the home from top to bottom for three days for me anymore. I do have help with major parts of the home that allow me to utilize the FlyLady’s method of cleaning one area each week. (and yes, I have stickers for that). Since I still hold down a 9 to 5 job, I do pay to have help around the house. However, there areas that are strictly mine to take care of.

Last year, I took 52 areas/spots in my living space to tackle and even joined in with a cleaning/de-clutter event held by one of favorite planner peeps. This year, I am picking on area to work on. One. My fugly patio. It’s just bad. Dead plants, cushions losing their fabric, rusted garden tools bad!

Now here’s the first thing I did…ready, pre-planning. (yes, I love planning #allthethings!). I took a look around my patio and identified all the items that needed to be cleaned, trashed, replaced, repaired and even added a few items to purchase.  Then I sat down with my calendar and picked two Saturdays that I don’t have other plans. I overdo and I didn’t want my Saturday filled with errands and cleaning. I picked a date for the removal of trash, then a date of sweeping and clearing the cobwebs, and so forth. By the time I’m done it will be Spring!

Next month, I will update you with professional looking before and after’s worthy of HGTV.  No, not really, but one can wish.

lissy

 

ThrIfTer’S ToOl KiT

Have I told you lately that I love, love going thrifting?? So much so, the sales associates actually know me on sight!! Ha!! I love finding clothes and stuff for the house. And I happen to think I do a good at it. I mean, if I can get a BCBGMaxazria shirt for $1, then I gotta be doing something right! With so many finds coming the house I have come up with a tool box kit that I think every thrifter should have on hand. God bless the thrift stores but do they really have to put the price tags in the worse spots?? Here is what I keep in my kit.

  • Small plastic scraper like this one ~ this comes in handy with the second item. Removes the tags and residue
  • Goo Gone ~ every thrifter needs this.
  • a good non-abrasive cleaner. Some things need a bit of cleaning
  • Cleaning clothes (or paper towels)
  • screw driver
  • small hammer
  • painters tape
  • Scissors
  • various cans of spray paint

It’s good the have these items in hand for the home in general but I certainly find it handy to have for the things I bring home.

Ummmm….so April has passed but that doesn’t mean I totally forgot about my 2012 Re-Design Project!! April was all about the bathroom. I will let the photos do the talkin.

Au revoir!