Posts Tagged ‘cleaning advice’

Outside CleanUp

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Outdoor Living, Tips

Make sure to spruce up the outside of your home before the holidays. Give it some extra sparkle starting at the curb. Here are some ideas for cleaning the patio, deck and driveway, organizing tools and more.

Start with power washing the outside of your home. Remove dirt, grime and those yucky spider webs. Follow the directions on your power washer so you use the proper pressure for each surface.

Don’t forget to wash the deck as well. After you are done, apply a wood preservative to prevent discoloration and water damage.

Pressure wash the driveway. To prevent future stains apply a waterproof sealer.

Remove debris from the gutters. Make sure you look for cracked seams at the same time.

Deadhead your flowers, cut back your herbs and add a layer of mulch to the garden.

Clean and put away your gardening tools for the season.

Wash the windows, inside and out. Splurge and find someone to do it for you. It’s so worth it.

Blow out the sprinklers.

Winterize your lawn – fertilize and aerate. Don’t forget to water your trees!

Now your home is ready for winter and looks better as well.

6 Things To Do Everyday

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Family

Does housework get the best of you? With our crazy lives full of kids, work, pets, after school activities and finding time for date night sometimes housekeeping comes last. To be sure that cleaning day doesn’t last for hours and hours, here are six easy things you can do every day to keep the dirt at bay.

  1. Make your bed. It makes your room instantly tidier, and you are less likely to mess up a tidy room, right?
  2. Manage clutter. When you leave a room look for what doesn’t belong and put it away. Insist that every one in your family do the same.
  3. Sort the mail. Recycle the junk mail, and deal with bills and correspondence right away. File immediately.
  4. Clean as you cook. You’ve heard this one before, and it’s true. Instead of filling the sink with pots and pans, wash them and put them away as you go.
  5. Wipe up spills right away. Don’t let the dog pee on the carpet, tomato sauce on the kitchen counter or water on the bathroom floor hang out. All spots and stains are easier to get out if you deal with it immediately.
  6. Sweep the kitchen floor. While your children may think that “cleaning up the kitchen” just means loading the dishwasher that is not the case. Give them one easier chore – sweeping the kitchen floor. This will keep the tough-to-clean kitchen grime more manageable when it comes to mopping day.