It must be serendipity that I am in presently in the janitorial industry and that I receive pleasure from cleaning. I use my accomplishments as a sales and marketing conductor to trade my ritual of welcoming spring.
While a good deal of people get enjoyment from lounging, daydreaming or reading when the days are still cool but sunny I take pleasure in tying up loose ends and starting with a “clean” slate. So what if others do not portion my enthusiastic spring dance in honor of mother-nature! Why do they insist on their own dance and will not applaud my magnificent performance? Here are my favored things to do in spring:
1. Spring clean & de-clutter home & office:
Make a caddy of your basic tools. I use multi-purpose cleaner, microfiber cloths, lamb’s wool extension duster, furniture polish, disinfectant spray, trash bag and a laundry basket to put items I am removing from the room. If your ceilings are high you may need a little step ladder. I also have a broom to get behind furniture I can’t move and for carpet edges and corners. A vacuum with affixations is likewise very handy. Place your instrumentation outside the entrance of the room you are cleaning. Give each room a thorough, top to bottom cleaning. This is the perfective time to launder the curtains and bedding. If you are up to the challenge you may likewise flip furniture cushions, mattresses and rearrange the furniture. The best approach I have found is to begin each room at the entrance door and circle the room. Start your high dusting, touching all surfaces on the walls such as picture frames, shelves, etc. If the curtains are not going to be taken down, remove the dust on the tops & fabric folds. Cobwebs may get anywhere, including the flat walls. Get underneath and behind the furniture with the duster and/or broom. Dust inside the window frame. Wash the windows. Use a microfiber with just a mist of all-purpose cleaner and dust the surfaces you may reach. The last thing I do is use my disinfectant spray and vacuum.
2. Get rid of clothes not worn:
I fetch storage containers or boxes and kitchen trash bags and a black marker. First go through the shelved clothing, second the clothes that are hanging and third clothes that are in drawers. Make a pile on the floor of clothes that must be place in the garbage. Box up the seasonal things you are going to keep. Things you are giving away put into the trash bags. Use the marker and put your name and season of clothes on the boxes. Label the bags with the person’s name you are giving them to, yard sale or Goodwill. Store away the seasonal boxed clothes, put the give-away clothes in your garage or automati so you will not forget to take them away.
3. Clean yard, porches & garage:
All of these are good for family team work, but this one particularly is. The garage needs and occasional de-clutter and cleaning. You will need a broom, a great deal of boxes or plastic containers, a black marker and perhaps a heap of white mailing labels to write on. If you have a big major crisis in there you may want to copy the show “Clean Sweep” and get out three tarps on the drive or yard. Tarp number one is for things to keep, tarp number two is for giving away or yard sale, tarp three is trash. When you have everything out that you can, you may now dust, sweep and/or pressure wash. Organize tools by their use and season. Keep the yard tools together, garden tools and the basic fix tools together, etc. The sports instrumentation and toys are also coordinated and the off season sports instrumentation and toys ought to be boxed and put up. Tarp number one “things to keep” will be boxed up and labeled and neatly put back into the garage. Tarp number two “things to give away or yard sale” will have to be boxed, bagged or price tagged for yard sale. Label the give-away or yard sale items and neatly put back into the garage. Tarp number three “trash” items need to be bagged if they may fit into rubbish receptacle or hauled to the dump if necessary. Now the garage is neat and clean!
4. Thoroughly detail autos:
Have a contest with somebody if you are detailing two autos! Guard yourself from the sun. Tools necessitated are a vacuum with attachments, trash bag, towels, paper towels, 2 microfiber cloths and a huge terry cloth, two old huge beach towels, a long handled car wash broom if you have one, and a stiff brush for the wheels & tires and bucket & sponge. I also repair a little caddy with window cleaner, Mr. Clean, a heap of Q-Tips, Armor-all, Febreze, car wash, wax with an applicator or soft cloth and tire “black” spray. Start on the inside and fill up your trash bag with any rubbish in the auto. Look underneath seats and in the cracks of the seats. Pick up items that will hurt your vacuum. Take out all the carpets and lay them down to vacuum. Then fill a bucket with in regards to a gallon of water and an ounce of Mr. Clean. Use this water introductory to scrub the seats with a very damp cloth, it may remove numerous stains and it smells good. Then wash the dash, wheel, seat dividers and inside the doors. Constantly clean your cloth in the bucket. Dip Q-tips in the water and use to get the dash cracks, corners and areas the cloth couldn’t get into. Spray Armor-All on a microfiber cloth and wipe down the dash and hard smooth surfaces made from similar material to shine up and make like new. When finished put that cloth away from the others so you will not use it again. Time for the inside windows! I use a window cleaner and paper towels to wash all the inside windows, then I go back over them with a microfiber cloth and it in truth polishes good. The last thing I do is vacuum the carpet. Be sure to adjust the seats forward and backward to get all areas. Last I give the fabric and carpet a spray of Febreze, conservatively avoiding my windows. Vacuum the carpets that you took out. If you want to coordinate the trunk and vacuum, this is a good time. Now get the windows up and shut the doors. Empty your bucket and refill with a great deal of water and a little carwash. Hose down the entire automati and wash by sections. Immediately rinse off each section as you go around the auto. When you think you are done walk around the automati for any touch-ups. Now use your stiff brush and scrub the wheels and tires a few times, then rinse. Hose off the carpets you got rid of and let air dry. Use a beach towel to arid off all areas of the auto. After drying and no water spots it is time to wax. My favored automati wax is the new spray on wipe off type, but if you are using the paste wax it is done the same way. Put wax on a division at a time, and then remove it with the second beach towel. Let the paste wax arid before buffing off. Again check all around the automati for any areas that need touched up. After waxing I wash the windows with paper towels and then polish with the microfiber cloth. Your wheels and tires ought to be arid by now so you may spray your “black” spray on them. Now that is a sparkling beauty!
5. Get planting beds & flower containers ready:
You may get started seedlings indoors or wait for the nursery centers to stock your favored plants. Guard yourself from the sun. Tools you may want for the big planting beds are a tiller (if huge area) rake, shovel, garden claw, landscape fabric or plastic, gloves, trash bag potting soil (my favored is Miracle Grow with the water keeping material). First pull all weeds and place in trash bag. Rake the surface of leaves, old mulch and debris, put in trash bag or compost bin. Use shovel or garden claw to turn the soil (till if big area) and mix in your potting soil. After the area is complete, cover with the landscape fabric or plastic. When you are ready to plant, cut holes in the landscape fabric or plastic and place plant where you want. To finalize your flower gardens, cover the fabric or plastic with mulch or rocks. For the flower containers, if they have antecedently been used they must be washed and let air dry. When the weather is warm sufficient you may plant. Place some huge stones or broken pottery pieces in the bottom for drainage. Fill pots ¾ of the way full. Decide where to place your plants and surround them with potting soil and with resolute determination press down. Give a good drink of water. Check on weekly to remove dead material and water if needed.
6. Start seedlings indoors:
Pick a few seeds you want to start, veggies, herbs, flowers (Burpee is my bestloved brand). You may use a sun lamp, though I never have. Just don’t begin too early or they will grow too big before you may transplant. The easiest way is to get the jiffy pots ready for water and seeds. You may likewise use a rectangle receptacle like a cake pan and fill with potting soil and sprinkle on the seeds and water. Pour off excess water. Save your seed envelopes to mark your plants or you won’t do not forget what you are growing and where. When the weather is warm sufficient and all prospects of freezing are over they may be transplanted either in a prepared bed or container.
7. Write down new things to do in the summer and fall:
I like to write down things I haven’t done in a while, new things or things to do with peculiar friends and family; go to museum with mother; watch movie with Linda. Learn how to rollerblade, take a painting class, run a marathon, go boating and so forth. I have things to do indoors for rain and outdoors for sunshine. Keep your list next to your calendar and when you want something to do check one off. Make arrangements a week or so in front so you will have a full social calendar.
8. Begin a customized fitness plan:
First schedule a check up with your family doctor and make sure you are okay to become more active. Define what you want to accomplish and a date to accomplish this by. If you have more than one goal, do this for each goal. Example: I want to lose 30 pounds by August. Next step is to plan out how you will accomplish this. Example: I will clean out my kitchen and replace with healthful low calorie foods. I will walk one mile each day. I will lift weights thirty minutes each other day and so on. Keep positive affirmations and motivational post-its on your bathroom mirror and refrigerator.
9. Get a new hair cut, hair style or color:
Be browsing the magazine for cuts and color you like to get an idea or two. Visit your bestloved hair salon or one that a friend refers. Ask the stylist to commend a cut and or color for your complexion, life style and budget. Ask questions with regards to maintenance before you decide. Your cut ought to be quick and easy to maintain if you life style is very busy. If you are young you may without apparent effort go more dramatic and bold. If you are more mature or have a career you may want to stick with galore classic styles and color, but dissimilar than you ordinarily get. This is a great ego boost and when you are convinced and happy, it will rub off on everyone around you.
10. Take a long walk, hike or bike ride in a scenic area:
This is a great family outing, or couples and friends outing. Bring your dog if you can. If you have a bestloved park or recreation area, plan a day and a picnic for this event. This could ba a great way to scout out a camping area. Take the basics, sandwiches, fruit and water. Dress for the occasion and don’t forget sun protection. Bring a rain jacket or wind breaker in case the weather of a sudden changes. Let an individual recognise where you are going and fetch a cell phone. Bring a Frisbee or football to mix things up. Just take pleasure in the time to spend with good company and be grateful for the beauteous earth.
With a “clean” slate finished there is still ample time to soak up all the crisp air and sunshine. I feel I have accomplished something outstanding and it makes me feel terrific with regards to the next outstanding season!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
GREAT cookies, but were quite stale on arrival
By Scott Turner
We love Fig Newmans, but our local grocery store stopped carrying them so we thought we’d try getting them from Amazon. Unfortunately, the pack of 6 arrived already stale. They are still edible, but are noticeably dry and stale. Not bad enough to return, but not fresh enough to try buying them again, either.
Note that we got these delivered Prime overnight, so it was not an issue with delays in transit, or anything. Disappointing.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
By M. Thompson
I ordered these assuming they were organic (because organic is in the title) but upon reading the ingredients list I was very disappointed. Here is the list for those of you interested:
Organic unbleached wheat flour
Organic palm fruit oil
Leavening (sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate)
Non-fat dry milk
Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier)
Among other shady ingredients (like soy lecithin) is CORN SYRUP. How can something with corn syrup be organic when corn and soy are the two most genetically modified foods in the United States?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
These are so tasty I could devour an entire package.
– BUT –
Sadly, they are not organic. They contain corn syrup, non-fat dry milk, and soy lecithin.
Looks like a GMO product that is being falsely advertised.
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