Spring Cleaning Ideas

Spring is that time of year when life reinvigorates when the birds fly once more and sing their beautiful hymns. It’s also the time to reinvent yourself to some extent by getting adjusted and eliminating unneeded items that clutter up your home. Whenever you feel that your life is becoming cluttered, disorganized, or ‘unclean’ is a perfect time to think about spring-cleaning. During spring cleaning always ensure that:

  • All bathrooms are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Kitchens are completely cleaned and disinfected. The stoves will be scrubbed and the over cleaned.
  • All burners will be cleaned.
  • All sinks should be scrubbed and cleaned till they shine.
  • All floors will be swept and then mopped.
  • Walls will be washed, and accent plates will be cleaned and polished.

    Here are some ideas to help you get started along your journey to a successful spring-cleaning adventure.
    Start small. Far too many people get it in their heads to clean out everything in their home at once. While the ambition is commendable, it’s best to start out small. Confine your focus to one room, or even one closet. Even if you never clean get the whole house spring-cleaned. Getting parts done is better than getting none done and starting one room or one closet at a time makes the whole project a manageable size.

    Define a clear agenda. Are you looking to get rid of things you don’t use anymore or do you want to organize things naturally? When we start spring cleaning with a sense of indecision we can get lost in some of the memories certain items will bring up in us, making it more difficult to part with things. Part of defining a clear agenda means writing down criteria for keeping things you no longer use.

    Focus on the floors and walls. Part of spring-cleaning is about refreshing your home. If you simply go through the rooms and organize closets and dressers and avoid cleaning the walls and the carpets, you’re missing out a great opportunity to bring everything back to a stage of purity and newness. Vacuuming with a strong, high-quality vacuum is a great start. There is so much dust, mites, pet dander, dirt, food particles, etc. hiding in your carpet

    Invest in your spring-cleaning. Spring-cleaning is more than just cleaning. It’s about organizing and getting a solid starting point to move forth with the rest of your year and possibly even your life. Using the right tools for the job, which includes organizers, shelves, and other items, is vital to success. Don’t cut corners trying to save a few bucks. If money is tight, then plan a tag sale with all of the items you’ll get rid of with your spring-cleaning. Not only will you end up with extra cash, but you’ll also end up with extra space once the sale items are gone. Whatever doesn’t sell, donate to charity and write off on your taxes this year. Spring-cleaning can be just like New Year’s Day where you get the chance to start fresh. Using some of these ideas to help you get started and get through it, will make the process much easier and even fun!

Make Your Home More Beautiful With a Perennial Garden

Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies.

I typically work in the garden during the spring and summer, spending countless hours digging, watering and planting in an effort to create what I believe to be “the perfect garden.”

This time around, I’m trying to create a perennial garden, which – as opposed to an annual garden – has something that blooms all year round. Perennial gardens also require less maintenance and typically have fewer issues with pests. Consequently, perennial gardens are much more economical than annual gardens.

Despite what some may think, designing a perennial garden requires a lot of homework. Just like you read the automobile reviews before you buy a car or the Direct tv reviews before you subscribe to satellite television, it’s necessary to conduct your due diligence when determining the size of your garden, the right types/number of plants and other logistical aspects.

The first thing to consider when planning a perennial garden is location. An ideal site should be easily accessible, close to outdoor living areas and visible from within your home. The majority of perennial gardens also need at least 10 hours of sunlight during the height of summer, as well.

Once you’ve determined the size and location of your garden, you must pick the right plants. The list of plants you can choose from is lengthy, and there are a number of factors to consider before you make a decision. The most important things to keep in mind when comparing plants, though, are environmental and cultural requirements.

All in all, with the proper planning and a little bit of effort, a perennial garden can enhance the appearance of your home and provide you with a serene place to relax.