Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips – Get Your Spring Cleaning Done Fast!
By Meredith Maloski

It’s dirty work but someone has to do it and I’m willing to bet your the designated person (I know I am) but don’t spend more time cleaning then you have to! Follow these spring cleaning tips to get your chores done fast.

Alright, so we all know that we have to do spring cleaning on our house if we want our house to be clean and less stressful. If you are like me then some of the cleaning gets put off a bit in the winter with the rationalization the we have to be able to open the house up some to really get our house clean.

No problems. It is soon to be spring so we have to do the dirty work now. No more procrastinating. We can get fresh air in our homes and get our house clean but don’t spend more time then you need to.

So without further ado here are some spring cleaning tips to get your housework done fast.

1. The first spring cleaning tip is to make a list of what you want to accomplish. For me this makes my work go super quick.

Why you ask?

Good question!

When you make a detailed list of what you want to accomplish you will spend way less time wondering around your house doing this or that’s. You need focused effort when doing spring cleaning or it will take forever.

So how do you make your spring cleaning checklist?

Well the first thing you need to do is to walk around each room and look at what you have not cleaned in a while. This includes fans, under couches, walls, etc. Don’t forget the corners at the ceilings.

A great way to get cobwebs is simply with a broom. A broom will reach up to the top of the wall with no problem so that means no climbing for you.

Go through each room and make a checklist of what you need to accomplish that way you can systematically go through each room and get it done.

When you try to do spring cleaning without a checklist you will end up going from thing to thing without ever really finishing your first job.

2. Another tip for spring cleaning is to make sure you use the right cleaners for the job.

A common mistake made when cleaning (and I used to be guilty of this too) is that we use one or two multipurpose cleaners to clean everything in the house. As far as spring cleaning tips goes this is important because using a multi cleaner for everything means that you will be spending way to much time scrubbing when you do not need to.

So what kind of cleaners should you be using for your spring cleaning?

You want to make sure that the cleaners you are using are the appropriate ones for the job. For example, if you are cleaning the bathroom you should be using a bathroom cleaner that is made for soap scum. If you are not then you are going to be spending way to much time getting your shower clean.

If you are trying to get your floor back to it’s original color make sure you use a floor cleaner and actually use a scrub brush instead of just a mop. You will spend less time spring cleaning your kitchen floor with a scrub brush then you would trying to get it sparkling clean with a mop and it will come out nicer.

3. In the list of spring cleaning tips is painting your walls.

Technically this is not cleaning but painting your walls is an easy, inexpensive way to really make your house shine and it is perfect to do in the spring because you need to be able to have your windows open to paint.

If you would like your house to have a light airy feel to it choose a light color. If you have found a darker color that you absolutely love then paint one of your four walls with the darker color and the rest a lighter color. The contrast will be stunning.

4. The best of the spring cleaning tips is to learn how to clean your house fast.

When you have mastered how to speed clean your house then your spring cleaning chores will be done lickity split and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the spring weather instead of getting your house back up to par.

I learned how to my house fast from a great book on speed cleaning [http://speedcleaninginfo.com] so my spring cleaning chores are finished in a fraction of the time it used to take me to do them, so now I have more time to enjoy the things I love doing, not dread doing.

Not only that but since I learned the art of speed cleaning my home, I no longer have to dread unexpected guest arriving or spend all day everyday cleaning my house the rest of the year either.

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Looking Back at Summer: A Very Quick Yooper Video Clip of the 2013 Trenary, MI. Fourth of July Parade

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Yooper Pictures!! Ms. Yooper shares some pictures from the 2013 Hiawatha Music Fest!!

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How to Grow Amazing Yooper Hair

Danielle and Samantha know how to grow long Yooper hair!!

Danielle and Samantha know how to grow long Yooper hair!!

Hey Yooper ladies, have you ever wondered how some people boast long, strong, shiny hair in our Upper Peninsula environment? While on a quick shopping trip in Marquette I ran into two ladies that were kind enough to share their amazing hair regiment with all of our Yooper fans. Danielle and Samantha of Gwinn have been doing a 5 year hair routine that seems to be working quite well.
A few times a week the girls put all natural coconut oil (the kind you cook with) on the ends of their hair. They leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing and conditioning. Once towel dried they use a leave in hair lotion called Palmers Coconut Oil Hair Milk.
Danielle and Samantha also recommend not washing your hair every day. Instead you will have to figure out what is best for own personal hair care. Everyone is a little different. Washing too much can tend to strip natural oils from your hair. These oils are essential to maintain a headful of gorgeous locks. Another trick the girls use is to apply Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioneron their ends after washing as a leave in treatment. This is done on an alternating basis with the coconut oil.photo (1)

All of these treatments definitely help, but Danielle and Samantha know that creating the healthy hair that you have always dreamed of cannot just be worked on from the outside. They know that shiny, vibrant hair needs to be fed from within. These hair gurus eat 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed and ¼ cup of Chia seeds every day. They buy the flax seeds in bulk from one of their favorite stores, the Marquette Food Co-op. Danielle recommends that you grind up the flax seeds and store them pre-measured in air tight containers in the freezer. As for the Chia seeds, Danielle puts the ¼ cup of seeds in a 16 oz. bottle, fills with water shakes well and stores in the fridge for up to a week. She then takes ¼ cup of this mixture and drinks it with some tea or juice. Chia and Flax seeds are high in vitamins and omega-3 which are great for hair growth.
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Some researchers claim that hair treatment techniques such as the ones used by Danielle and Samantha have no real value. I would beg to differ with this assessment. Judging from the amazing results that this stunning mother/daughter duo has experienced I would not hesitate to give this regiment a try. The pictures speak for themselves. Yooper Rummage Sales would like to thank Danielle and Samantha for sharing their incredible secrets. If you have any questions, Danielle can answer questions through email. She can be contacted at dbammert28@gmail.com.

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Cooking Yooper Lake Trout on the Grill

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Ms. Yooper Goes Picking!

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Early Yooper Tomatoes

The month of May can be especially frustrating for the Yooper gardener. Days can be warm and the dirt is easily moved in the garden, but we all know that the weather can change on a dime and a cold frost can quietly blanket the ground. Experienced Yooper gardeners know that it is still a little early to transplant certain types of  plants such as tomatoes in our Upper Peninsula gardens. There are however many different ways to work around nature and get your plants in the ground early.

Last year while in the Menards garden section I found a product called Aqua-Shield. There are many different trade names for this product, but the concept is the same. It basically acts as small greenhouse filled with water to protect plants during cold nights. It also tends to hold in moisture and keeps the destructive wind from ruining your plants. When I first bought this product I was a little skeptical and decided to test with only a few plants. I transplanted my first plants during the second week of May and decided to sit back and wait. To my surprise these tomatoes not only survived, they thrived!

This year I bought 9 more shields from Menards. I decided to use some heirloom Pink Brandywine tomatoes that I grew from seed that I had saved from last year. My seeds were planted the last week of March so they were more than ready to set roots in freshly tilled garden soil. This variety tends to take a little longer to produce fruit, so any extra ground time in our short growing season is a plus.

Heirloom Pink Brandywine Tomato Plant

Heirloom Pink Brandywine Tomato Plant

Start off with healthy plants. I clip off many of the lower leaves and try to plant as deep as possible. Tomatoes can grow extra roots from the tiny hairs on the stem. I also soak each plant’s roots with water before back filling. My experience has shown that this helps with transplant shock. The next step is to carefully place a 5 gallon bucket over your newly planted tomato plant. Put the Aqua-Shield product over the bucket and fill each cavity ¾ of the way with water. Once each of the Shield’s cavities is filled, remove the bucket from the center. Be sure to pay attention to the bucket handle as sometimes it can get slightly stuck. Pull it gently and it should come out. The walls will collapse in on themselves creating a tee-pee like structure thus protecting your plants from the harsh spring environment. As your plants advance you can move the base of the walls to open up the tee-pee structure. I usually pull my walls out of the garden when my plants grow a few inches over the top of the structure. To remove, carefully lift the walls off of the ground, over the plant and pour out the water. Stake your tomatoes and follow your normal growing methods for the rest of the season.Protected tomato plant

These types of products are sure handy and can give the northern gardener a leg up on mother nature. The heat retention and wind block gave my tomatoes a protected environment that allowed the plants to become strong and healthy. Last year this all culminated in sweet delicious tomatoes later in the season. With cooler weather in the forecast for the next 10 days of May why not give this type of product a try? Hopefully 2013′s experience will be as good as 2012. When we garden here in the Upper Peninsula we need all the breaks we can get!!

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