Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Furniture Freshening

What a great way to avoid having tons of mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard bottles all over your outdoor table: a condiment caddy! I think I need one!


  • Time to do mid-week laundry?

  • How are your supplies of air fresheners doing, assuming you use such a thing? I'm more conscious of needing to use air fresheners right now while I have puppies and while the weather isn't nice enough to keep my windows open. Plus, I have several unscreened doors, so I can't leave doors wide open or my puppies will wander off! I'm checking my stock of air fresheners and probably buying more next time I go to the store.

  • It's still cold enough I'm using my fireplace frequently. Does yours need a quick cleaning out?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Furniture Freshening

Today I'm cleaning all the seating in my house. I'm vacuuming and Febreezing my two office chairs (they really take a beating in this house). I'll vacuum (using a special attachment) the embroidered chair and footstool that sit in my bedroom - the cats love to sleep on it and get it furry.

In the dining room, I'll be sponge cleaning the upholstered chair bottoms, and dusting the wood on the chairs. In the breakfast nook, where I sadly have only folding chairs, I'll be sponge mopping the seats too.

Downstairs, the harder work begins. I have two slipcovered couches and a slipcovered chaise longue. It's time to launder the slipcovers - we spill food on them, sit on them with dirty feet or sweaty bodies, and the cats and puppies get hair on them. While the couches are taken apart for laundry day, I'll be moving them to vacuum under them, and vacuuming the couch bases thoroughly to remove dust mites from the unupholstered cushions, etc. I'll Febreeze my couch cushions (while their covers are off in the laundry) and let them dry for a bit.

LOVELY BLOGS: The Martha Blog

I can't believe I haven't come across The Martha Blog before. I regularly read Martha Stewart Living magazine, so I'm not sure why I didn't stumble across her blog before. There are no housekeeping or homemaking or entertaining tips here (for those, read her website or her books and magazine). Instead, Martha shares things she's currently involved in or thinking about. Right now she's blogging about the terrible Nashville floods. It's a bit more personal look at Martha's life than you get from the magazine (which is mostly written by other people). See if you enjoy it as much as I do.


LOVELY PARTIES: Boutique Tents

I can't afford any of these beautiful custom tents, but I sure enjoy browsing them and daydreaming about the parties I'd throw under some of them. They remind me of the magical tents in "Glinda of Oz."


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