Tips for Cleaning Your Home’s Windows
In the old days, washing windows simply involved taking some soap and water and cleaning the windows, frames and sills; the top and bottom of the casing, and you were done. With the advent of glass cleaners, it certainly made cleaning windows much easier. Now that we have become environmentally aware of toxins and chemicals; we are returning back to the old days but with a slight twist.
Using vinegar and water is one way in which you can clean your windows. The process begins with removing window shades, blinds and curtains. Use a clean rag to wipe away any dirt or grime from the frame and sills. Use a wet rag to rid your windows of dirt and grime as well. Then using water and vinegar; clean your windows from top to bottom. Go over the glass with a clean cloth; then proceed to wash the frames and sills with a damp cloth. Dry and you’re done!
Some people who have used this method claim that using vinegar left streaks on their windows. The remedy is to add a minute bit of dish soap to the vinegar and water. Voila! No more streaks! Read more
Tips for Keeping Your Carpet Looking Great
When you buy new carpet for your living room, or any room in your house, you probably are extra anxious about keeping it clean. Some people love that “new carpet” smell. But, just like in a new car, that smell can quickly turn to “ewww” if you don’t take care of your new carpet. A home is meant to be lived in; just because a new carpet has been installed doesn’t mean rooms should be roped off and only used on certain occasions. There will be the occasional spills. Families with pets will have even more mess. It’s inevitable.
So, to help you avoid accumulation of dust or other crud that gets packed into the house, here are tips for cleaning your carpet:
* Vacuum often
* If you spill anything on the carpet; take a paper towel and pat down on the spill until it is absorbed onto the paper towel.
* Whenever possible, use door mats to have your family wipe their shoes so nothing is tracked onto the carpet.
* Be careful when using certain cleaning supplies*
* If you choose to have your carpet shampooed; be sure to ask if the scotch guard will be removed in the process.
* Do not allow anyone to eat in the living room.
While these are just a few tips for cleaning your carpets, you may certainly have your own tried and tested methods to keep your carpet clean. Preventative measures are the best way to avoid soiling your new carpet. Read more
Organizing Kid’s Toys
Organizing kid’s toys is an ongoing struggle that every parent understands. It’s the same at my house. My youngest is 14 now, so he doesn’t have the mounds of Legos and action figures like he did when he was 7. But, my grandson is 7 and he brings over toys and has to be reminded regularly to put them away. That’s usually after I’ve stepped on a Matchbox car. There is hope, and you can get on top of this battle before you lose your mind.
Keeping the toys from overtaking the house is a simple process. Let’s review some tips to help you bring your house back to order.
- There are wonderful Lil Tykes and Rubbermaid chests you can purchase to store all of the toys skewed about the house. In addition, most of them come on wheels, which make the picking up of toys easier. They also come in colors and sizes, which can compliment any child’s room. Also available are hanging chests which would really make life easier for you. They can be hung on the wall of your child’s room, which is ideal especially if the bedroom is small.
Fun Family Night Activities
Family time is becoming less and less of an activity these days with both parents working, and not enough time to spend with the kids. Well, it’s time to change that. Certainly, you can take time out for one night a week to spend with your family. Do you want to start a new tradition? Perhaps you already have family game night. If not, here are some ideas for family night activities.
Family Game Night
Play a board game. Scrabble or Monopoly would be a fun family game night for everyone. Kids love to beat their parents at these games! If it’s a Saturday evening, why not go to your local park and fly kites. Even adults love this activity! If it’s raining, use the old standby and build a fort in the living room. Prepare hot dogs on a stick; then toast the old marshmallows (adults only can do this); tell stories, and have a great time. If the family is into sports, get out the basketball and play a few games of HORSE. Or for exercise; why don’t you and your family go out for a bike ride in the neighborhood. Read more
Kids Love These Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Games
What’s a children’s party without fun and games? If you’re planning a party, you may want to incorporate these favorite kids’ St. Patrick’s Day games to keep all of the little leprechauns happy.
Hot potato is a game you may have played as a child. Explain that the object of the game is to get rid of the ‘hot’ potato by passing it from one person to the next while the Irish music plays. When the music stops the person holding the potato is out. This continues until all but one are out and the one remaining wins a small prize.
Create an Irish variation for Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Instead of a picture of a donkey you’ll have a large picture of a leprechaun hung on the wall. The place the shamrock should go should be easily recognizable. Each child will be given a paper shamrock with their name on it. Put tape on the back. Blindfold each child during their turn. Spin them around and see if they can put the shamrock in the right place. The child who gets closest to the right place is given a small prize. Read more