Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips and ideas for a faster, easier, more thorough spring clean. Use these 8 great spring cleaning tips to help make your major housecleaning easier.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Do you spring clean? And by that I mean deep cleaning that you do not do on a regular basis? Do you get out the rags and buckets and scrub the walls, wax the furniture, clean the windows, beat the rugs (ok most likely have them cleaned), clean under the beds, take apart the light fixtures and chandeliers for a through wash, possibly cleaning and resealing the grout? Do you put away your winter cloths, air out the closets and pull out the spring clothing? Polish the silverware (I admit that I put this one off until I need it, and then curse myself for not cleaning it sooner)? What cleaning chores do you do only once or twice a year?

I look at spring cleaning as a time to clean what isn’t cleaned on a regular basis. I regularly clean the oven, the furniture and lamp shades are vacuumed every other week, wall switches are washed as necessary, and so are door knobs and hardware. The inside windows are washed on a regular basis, and the whole place is of course mopped, vacuumed and dusted weekly when we are home. I don’t consider that spring cleaning, I consider that every day (ok, weekly or bi-weekly) cleaning.

When we head home, the place is going to need a through cleaning. We have not been home since January, and while we are gone we had our staircase refinished and a new banister installed. Even with using “dustless” equipment, and closing off the rooms next to the staircase, I expect more than normal accumulation downstairs. We had our duct work cleaned last year (which really cuts down on the dust), and our furnaces are new-er. The water was shut off, so I expect the toilet lines to be a bit grim, but the showers should fine. No one has walked through most of the house, so I don’t expect a trail of dirt or debris. I do expect the house to be really, really dusty, I am just not sure how dirty it will be.

Here are my spring cleaning tips:

Don’t try and do it in one day. Seriously. Unless your house is tiny, you will just set yourself up for failure.

Have a plan. Even if it is simply… wash this, rearrange that, do room A first, room C last, have a plan specific to your house, your wants, your needs. No one else lives in your house, so only you, your spouse, or your roommates can make up this plan.

Start with the easiest room. And by that I mean either the smallest room or the room that needs the least amount of deep cleaning. It will give you a great sense of accomplishment to see a room finished and motivate you to go on.

Ask for help. Enlist the kids, spouse, friends and family! Heck, you could get together with a group of 5-6 friends and work through each other’s houses over the course of a few weeks if a lot of heavy lifting is involved.

Don’t get distracted. I have a bad habit of looking through old photos when I clean out drawers, reading old letters, etc. Stay focused and you can get that room done!

Finish one room before moving on to the next. This is part of not getting distracted. If you bring a load of paperwork into one room, leave it there. Don’t start that next room until you get the last room finished.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Do one room a week for six weeks. Sure everything will not be done at the same time, but it will be done! And that is the important part.

Hire help. This is my #1 recommendation if you work full time, are disabled, elderly, just hate cleaning or aren’t a very good cleaner (not everyone is).

What are your spring cleaning tips?

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We Bought Half A Cow

We Bought Half A Cow; resources for purchasing a cow, pig, goat, etc directly from the farm!

One of the reasons I am not doing much grocery shopping is because Hubby and I again bought half a cow. We bought half a cow specifically so we wouldn’t have to worry about the price of meat rising, so that we would be able to pick and choose what cuts we wanted, and so that we “knew” what type of meat we were getting – all natural, raised free of growth hormones and antibiotics.

We Bought Half A Cow

We purchased our half a cow from Hanova Hills Farm, producer of “Lake Country Premium Natural Beef”. Hubby found them last year either in his travels, or from a recommendation. I never did get the full story on that. We put in an order last fall. We were told our beef would be ready in either November, or in January. Well, when the beef wasn’t available in November, Hubby called and told them we couldn’t take delivery until March as we were vacationing in Florida. They were fine with this development and the last week of February they called Hubby to see how we would like the meat butchered.

When you order a pig, cow, lamb, etc, you decide what cuts of meat you would like – roasts, steaks, chops, crown roasts, ground meats, etc. It is very specific, and you tailor to your family needs. Don’t worry, you don’t have to know all the different cuts, your local farmer will walk you though the choices. If you are interested in learning, I actually bought Hubby the The Meat Buyers Guide : Meat, Lamb, Veal, Pork and Poultry for a gift last year. It is definitely comprehensive!

We chose a lot of roasts, ground beef, and hubby asked for the bones (from which he made a FABULOUS low-sodium beef stock) as well as the organs.

In all we paid for just over 300 pounds of meat at $3.90 a pound.

We Bought Half A Cow

When we opened the boxes to unload into the garage chest freezer, we saw that the meat was foodsavered. You cannot imagine how thrilled hubby was to have everything not only labeled, but ready for long term freezing. And as an added bonus – and something we didn’t see until we defrosted a roast to cook – was that this was double-bagged for extra freshness! Hubby was super impressed.

To date we have had ground beef and chuck roast. While both suited our taste, we once again found that the meat is very, very lean. The chuck roast was far less marbled than what I buy in the grocery store, and the ground beef was probably 90/10, possibly 93/7. Our future recipes will have to take into account the leanness of the meat, and the lack of fat.

This was our second time buying half a cow (we buy a pig a lot more often), and we will continue to do so. It is worth it to us not only for the stockpile aspect, but for the peace of mind of knowing what the animal was fed, and how it was raised.

If you are interested in buying your meat directly from a farmer, localharvest.org is a great place to start your search.

Have you ever purchased meat directly from the farmer? How did that turn out for you?

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Local Harvest
Eat Wild

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