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Spring is here, and with the continuous rain showers we’ve had here in the south, I’ve been able to postpone the dreaded spring cleaning my home so richly deserves.
Our ancestors kept their homes warm with coal, kerosene and wood. On the first sunny day of spring, they threw open the doors and windows and hauled everything outside to beat out the dust, most of them without the help of woodland creatures! Back inside, every surface had to be scrubbed down to remove the grimy residue left behind from the forms of heat they’d used all winter long.
Today, most of us are fortunate not to have to heat our living spaces with dirty fuels, but we face new set of challenges. Our homes are incredibly efficient and airtight which creates a perfect environment, not only for things to grow, but for us to be uniquely exposed to the toxic chemicals and gasses found in today’s homes.
Because it’s hard to get inspired for spring cleaning, I’m going to share some of my favorite cleaning solutions with you, to inspire you to throw on some music and make some cleaning magic happen!
I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair. – Evel Knievel
1. Regularly give your forced-air system a break and open the windows and doors. The early morning and late evenings are great times to let the fresh air in! While you’re enjoying the gentle breezes, swap out your all of your air filters so your system will work more efficiently when you turn it back on.
Water is life, and clean water means health. Audrey Hepburn
2. Dump your toxic and wasteful (think dry mop sheets) cleaning products and buy a big jug of vinegar, baking soda, lemons, liquid castile soap, some essential oils and vodka. You’ll have all the ingredients you’ll need to make your house shiny and fresh without toxic chemicals. Check out my Pinterest board for recipes: https://www.pinterest.com/pennyspuravida/diy-healthier-householdpersonal-products/
I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on. – Rosanne Barr
3. Get a Dyson cordless stick vacuum, today. I had multiple back surgeries years ago and fortunately I’m not bothered with constant pain any longer, but I religiously use good body mechanics and avoid activities that might strain my back. Vacuuming can physically put you out of commission for a long time if you do it wrong, but you can avoid that potentiality by investing in a good cordless stick vacuum. I’ve done the research and found the best. http://www.dyson.com/vacuum-cleaners/cordless/dyson-v7/dyson-v7-motorhead.aspx
It’s lightweight, effortlessly maneuverable, charges quickly and holds a charge long enough to get the job done every time. There’s no bending down and dancing around a cord and the dust bin is easy to clean out. With two dogs, a cat and a forest behind our house, I do a quick run around our home and in five minutes my floors are spotless! * I am not receiving compensation for this endorsement, I just love my vacuum!
Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. —William Morris
4. Make more time for yourself to enjoy life by reducing what you need to clean. Yes, I’m talking about your decorations and memorabilia. You don’t need to throw/give things away, just pack up 75-80% of the decorations in each room, including what’s on the walls. Leave them packed away for a month. I can guarantee you will not want to put those things back out, and you may even want to reduce the 20-25% still on display!
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. -A.A. Milne
5. And finally, each weekend choose a “clutter cluster” (your kitchen “catch-all” drawer, hall closet or maybe your nightstand) and unsympathetically clean that one thing out. Your motivation will snowball, you just have to start!
I spent many years living abroad in a small apartment with few possessions and it was incredibly good for my spirit, psyche and overall health. If you want to experience the joys of tiny house living, while still living a full-sized life, join my upcoming Tiny House Your Full Sized Life Challenge 7 Day Challenge!
It’s 7 days of prompts and guidance to develop a plan of action, begin to clear out the clutter, and help you live in a more peaceful, and inspiring space. Sign up below for updates:
Pura vida, Penny