May 7, 2010

Spring Cleaning – Bedroom

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Open Your Windows

Open Your Windows

Spring is the customary time to clean and refresh your house from the closeness of winter. Dust your walls, wash your fabrics and open your windows wide to let in the fresh breezes.  I am planning to start with my bedroom this coming weekend.

Supplies I’ll need:

  • Bucket with warm, soapy water (I usually use all-purpose green soap); replace water and soap frequently
  • Furniture polish
  • Window polish
  • Lots of soft, clean cloths and several soft brushes
  • Leave the windows open the entire time that you are cleaning and for the rest of the day

Tasks I hope to complete:

  • Take down window curtains and wash in washing machine. I have lace curtains, so I don’t dry them in the dryer but hang them back on the windows to dry.
  • While curtains are in the washer, I wash down the window shades, and areas and corners around the windows.
  • Take window screens down and wash well with soft brushes.
  • Wash and polish windows.
  • Wash ceiling and walls.
  • Wash ceiling fan, blades, and light fixtures.
  • Strip and wash bed linens, comforter, mattress covers, and pillows. I try to do this on a nice, sunny day (I hope Saturday will be one) and place everything outside to air and dry.
  • Vacuum mattress and flip over; air mattress by open window for the rest of the day.
  • Vacuum and wash area under the bed.
  • Dust with damp cloth all lamps, books, picture frames, art, vases, etc.
  • Dust and polish chests of drawers, dressers, and nightstands.
  • Clean and polish mirrors.
  • Vacuum and wash wood floors.

I usually leave cleaning and organizing closets for another time. At the end of the day, I bring in the linens from the outside and make my bed. The room will smell like the wind and sunlight. In order to keep it fresh, I will open the windows and air it out every day.

April 1, 2010

Spring Decorating

Posted in Cleaning, Home, Women tagged , , , at 6:54 am by Liliana

Decorate with nature

Decorate with nature

Spring is here in earnest and I am looking around my tired, dusty house and wondering how to improve the look of different rooms. Cleaning, dusting and washing of fabrics will be coming soon, but after that I would like to give my living space a fresher look. I have always been in the habit of reusing  items that I already have, moving them from room to room, and giving them unexpected purposes. It’s amazing how much difference this can make. The green rug that got tiring in the breakfast room makes my bedroom look very springy.

Here are a few ideas you might want to try:

  • Books are my best friends – when it comes to reading as well as decorating. They make any room look warm and interesting.  A stack of nature books on a table near your plants makes for a beautiful still life.
  • Reuse an old wire wine rack by making it a place for rolled towels in the bathroom. If you choose towels with lovely patterns and colors, you have an interesting decoration.
  • Tie window curtains with scarves or ribbons – this will add color and unexpected charm to your windows.
  • By placing the window treatments as high above the window level as you can, your room will seem taller than it actually is.
  • If you like jewelry, decorate your walls with it. Use old  frames or shadow boxes to group interesting items and your jewelry will look like pieces of modern sculpture.
  • Hang a cork-board on your kitchen wall and fill it with pages from favorite magazines, postcards, children’s artwork, or with pressed flowers.
  • Keep old, mismatched glassware  and use as beautiful vases. Group unusual pieces together for an original look.
  • Add elegance to your meals by covering your table with a table runner, pretty fabric scraps, old window curtains, or a beautiful scarf.
  • I love to decorate with natural accents I collect during my walks or from my yard.  Consider filling those mismatched glasses with bunches of wild flowers or fill bowls with rocks and shells. Twigs look great in tall vases or colorful bottles.
  • Arrange your furniture away from the wall and into conversational groupings. This will make the room look warmer and more pleasant – both you and your guests will be happy to linger.

Please email me with your own suggestions. I would love to hear from you. Have a wonderful spring!