Spring Cleaning Checklist – The Do’s & Don’ts

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist

If you’re like me, you dread the fateful spring cleaning. But let’s be honest: it’s completely necessary.

The house can get dirty with the whole family coped up during the winter (especially if you live in a cold area). It used to take days to complete all the tasks I wanted done. It was unorganized and sporadic. I’m pretty sure there was a year when my husband was convinced I had gone off the deep-end!

Fortunately, that’s no longer an issue. Over the years, I’ve managed to get spring cleaning down to a science.

Spring Cleaning Checklist – Do’s:

  • Start with the outside, it’ll inspire you to want to clean the interior even more so!
  • Sweep your driveway, porches, stairs, everything in the way.
  • Clean your outside windows (this is a hard one, so it’s best to do first).
  • Give your doors a wash (it makes a huge difference)!
  • Wash lower parts of the side of your house, dirt gathers there.
  • Remove any dead weeds/foliage (use gloves).
  • Repair any outside furniture.
  • Dust inside the house first!
  • Clean the bedrooms first (after the dusting, of course).
  • Get every nook and cranny (it’s tedious, but worth it!)
  • Pay attention to the small details, your cabinets, your microwave, sharpen knives, etc.
  • Grab some zip-ties and clean up your electronic wires.
  • Find any stains on carpeting and do spot treatment.
  • Use green cleaning products.
  • Vacuum underneath furniture.
  • Sort and arrange DVDs/CDs/books
  • Possibly rearrange your furniture for a fresh feeling.
  • Replace any broken furniture, utensils, etc.
  • Give any pets a thorough bath and trimming.
  • Wash the cars (or if you’re feeling extravagant, get it cleaned professionally).
  • Buy some flowers!
  • Plant your favorite vegetables and herbs  (My kids love to help with this)!
  • Hold a garage sale.

Spring Cleaning Checklist – Don’ts:

  • Don’t get stuck on one thing, if it takes too long, come back to it later.
  • Don’t stress and become anxious, it won’t do any good to become manic.
  • Don’t worry about the small details until everything big is done.
  • Don’t mix any cleaning products, especially if chemical.
  • Don’t reuse any empty cleaning product containers.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals in places your kids can reach.
  • Don’t dump mop water down your sink.
  • Don’t leave the air-conditioning on, do open some windows!

After using this list for three years, I can usually complete everything within one long Saturday. However, by the end of the day, everyone in the house is completely wiped out! So it might be best to split this into two days, like we’ll be doing this year. We’re saving the outside work for Saturday and the indoor work for Sunday.

I can guarantee you one thing, the effort and time put into the cleaning is well worth it! You’ll be on cloud nine for at least a week afterwards. :)

Coffee Prices To Rise?

Coffee Prices

The worst coffee drought in the history of the world

As a mom of two with a newborn, coffee is an absolute lifesaver. Without coffee, I probably wouldn’t be able to drop Adrian off at school, deal with the lines, go shopping, deal with the lines, go on errands, deal with the lines, and then take care of the little one and deal with the…well, you know. The poop. Coffee is a godsend.

While most of the United States has been getting drowned in gorgeous but pesky snow and rain, California has been super dry. I mean ridiculously dry. It feels like summer here. And I’m not bragging! We’ve been having to conserve water like crazy. My husband swears it’s the end of the world…but we all know how he can get. And unfortunately, it’s not just California. The drought in Brazil? Even worse. Brazil makes up for 1/3rd of the entire planet’s coffee supply (given 80% of that is probably me…that’s still a lot!). The drought is so bad, coffee will hit a record high price in just a couple months.

For you fans of numbers, coffee prices have already rose 38% this year. It’s only February! Prices of coffee beans for March already rose nearly 13 cents. Coffee hasn’t risen that high in a single day since November, 2004. The laws of economics are really being shown this year. Demand for coffee is always increasing and now supply is running short. Let’s pray for some rain to Brazil!

I’ll tell you one thing, this week I’ll be seriously investing in some coffee! Prices are expected to continue rising, and once they rise, they won’t drop.