Here we are, the end of April and were still under house arrest, sorta! I’ve said this before but I’m enjoying my time at home, I’m not watching more TV, I’m not wearing pajamas all day and I’m not letting my house go!
Instead, I’m using this time to get organized, deep clean every room, try new recipes, bake bread, create new flower beds, weed, plant my garden, plan projects and live!
I’m thrilled so many people are taking up some forgotten skills, and I love how the chores that are my normal routine are so popular: gardening, cooking, baking, and cleaning. Finally, it’s cool to do it all but why did it take a virus to make home, our shelter in place, appreciated? I realize we must work to pay the bills, and buy the food to cook but let’s keep cleaning apart of the new normal. A clean house is a healthy house!
I was born to a English mum, one who stayed home full time since she married, to take care of her children and tend to the needs of the home, old fashioned to some but important to her. Some say, those days are gone, I say they don’t have to be. Even if both parents work sharing the responsibly will find a happy balance, and knowing that 50-50 isn’t always the key, will find it faster. If we take care of our home, the home will take care of us. We find the time to maintain our cars, we can find the time to maintain our home.
Spring cleaning 101 is simply taking one room at a time, declutter, organize and clean everything! Open a window while you clean, especially helpful for those with allergies who really need to live in a clean area. Use a more natural cleaning product, one I recently found while quarantined is simply rubbing alcohol with my favorite essential oils blended in. Surprise, its cleans well, leaves a pleasant smell and has no chemicals. Wash curtains, bedspreads and blinds, these three hold in the dust and hardly gets washed. This is also the perfect time to rearrange the furniture, change up the layout of a room, it’s refreshing! This practice also allows deeper cleaning just don’t forget to clean under those sofa cushions.
Window’s are a big pet peeve of mine, we have 25 of them in our house with the biggest being in the dining room, nothing bugs me more than a dirty window I can’t see out. I clean them weekly but only get the tracks and sills a few times a year. Why clean those you ask? Keeping the track clean will allow the window to work better, slide with ease and maintain the material. Sills just look better with a good wipe, dust collects there too.
Our homes are our shelter, they protect us from the elements, danger, weather and sickness. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing I’m tending to our biggest investment and by creating a safe and cozy home, I’m creating our happy place, one which will take good care of all who enter.