Wednesday, August 12

Word-to-the-wise Wednesday - Plan for Spring Cleaning Outdoors

With the weather brightening up my mind is on Barbeques, entertaining and lazy days... doors wide open, cotton blankets with no quilts....

So here's my Spring cleaning outdoors tips:

Pick a sunny day
It's good for the mood!
Turn the television off and listen to music
It elevates the mood and motivation
If you have them, involve the kids
Give them a bucket and sponge and let the wash the outside of the house or a bucket of water and paintbrush, let the 'paint' or 'clean' it.  They will feel useful and have fun!
Finsh your outdoor spring cleaning before moving indoors
Clean outside of windows, outer of house, gardens, clear out garages.  If you still feel motivated in the evening, you can do jobs inside then.
Got a lot of stuff to clear out?
Have a garage sale or go in with people in your street for 'street sale'- check out egaragesales for tips on selling, advertise your garage sale or find one in your local area.
Donate toys to your local playgroup
Donate books to your local library
Donate women and childrens' clothes, blankets etc to your local womens' shelter.
Don't say you'll donate it later, offer it to a friend ra-ra.. get rid of it, and commit to doing it -whatever you don't sell at the garage sale - give to charity!

Cobwebs - how to minimise
Cobwebs are so annoying to me, so I'm going to follow Shannon Lushs' advice and after using a housebroom to remove the majority, and a dustbrush/damp cloth to rid the residue, sprinkle a few drops of lemon oil on the broom and brush around the places that spiders congregate - they don't like lemon oil, so won't return! Hoorah!

 Cleaning windows:
1.  Brush off cobwebs as above, remove flyscreens and clean dust off with combo of dustpan brush and old teatowel.
2. Mix a window washing solution of :
  • 10 litres warm water
  • 2 tb dishwashing liquid
  • 2 tb cloudy ammonia
  • 2 tb white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup methylated spirit
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
3. Wash on with sponges, squeegee off - rub any stubborn bits with added solution on paper towel.
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