I really don’t know where the urge came from, but I have been all about cleaning this week. When I returned home from taking care of my Pops last weekend, my house just felt closed up, stale, dusty... just icky. It really wasn’t that bad, but there is something about being away from your surroundings for a while that enlightens you to some things you were just avoiding. I have been cleaning, but just the necessities, no deep cleaning. I am not sure I even “Spring cleaned” my house. Spring was just a blur - basic functioning was an accomplishment for me after my Mom died and Pops was diagnosed with lung cancer... so, I am not giving myself a hard time about it. I am just glad things have settled down a bit, Pops is doing well and I am starting to get some motivation back.
This week I have been motivated to clean, clean, clean. It started a bit oddly around 5:30 on Sunday evening. I just got a wild hair to dust and clean all the windows and shutters. I was feeling a bit allergy-ish and thought the windows would be a good place to start. A couple hours later, sweating and sneezing I was finished. I was tired, but it felt so good. And I knew I had to do more... soon. So, I made a plan. Each evening this week I am attacking a different room. Monday was the living room and dining room. Last night was my bedroom. Tonight the guest room. Tomorrow the kitchen and bathroom. By attack, I mean every surface is cleaned including furniture, fabric, woodwork, floors, ceiling fans, vents. All dust bunnies must be eliminated! It felt so good to sit back on the sofa last night and breath in the fresh air (windows are open and nights are getting cooler) and look at all the sparkly surfaces.
A lot of “friends” have helped me through this cleaning frenzy. Let me share my favorites:
Method furniture polish and floor cleaner. If you haven’t used this, you must try it. It smells amazing! Almond, yum. I love the furniture polish because it isn’t at all waxy and doesn’t leave an extra, fake shine on my furniture.
Orange Glo mop. My sister gave me one of their wood floor cleaning kits a couple years back. The other products are long gone, but the mop survives. It has a detachable microfiber pad that can be rinsed out or thrown in the washer. I use it with the Method floor cleaner and my wood floors look great.
Swiffer sweeper and duster. These are a great invention. I don’t really like the use and toss part of them – too much waste – but I need to use what I have. After I have used up my current supply, I hope to make some reusable covers. Check out these ideas: microfiber swiffer duster by Merwing, fleece sweeper and duster by Merwing, knit sweeper by Knit Playground (see downloadable free pattern in right column).
Murphy’s Oil Soap. Old school, but really good for wiping down woodwork. I think I get this from my Mom.
Shop Vac. Great for cleaning corners, window sills and vents. After wrangling with a coat hanger and the hose, I finally got mine working as it should. I swear it could pick up rocks!
Recycled t-shirt towels. When old t-shirts pass their prime in my house, I cut them up into rags and use them for a variety of cleaning tasks. Plus, I feel like I am being less wasteful if the t-shirts have a second life.
Those are just a few of my favorites. I haven’t even gotten to the kitchen and bathroom yet... Do you have any favorites? Or have any good sweeper and duster replacement tutorials to share?