Tuesday, March 01, 2011

March Begins - Time for Spring Cleaning


Mrs. Meyers' Spring Clean Kit, on Amazon

It's still winter here - it might even snow in Seattle today.

But I'm ready to start my Spring Cleaning. I'd rather do all my heavy cleaning and organizing now while the weather is bad. That will free me up for sunny spring walks with my dogs in April (in between our rain showers) and lolling with a book on a sunny patch of carpet instead of washing windows and working hard on the house a few weeks from today.

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Pay bills, rent or mortgage. Try to put something into your savings account if you can.


  • Look over your list of upcoming birthdays this month. Write cards tonight and mail them in the morning for anybody with a birthday this week. For further-out birthdays, order flowers, and prepare to send gifts if you're planning to.


  • Do you need to make any doctor, dentist, vet, haircut or salon appointments for yourself or family members?


  • Is it time to lube and oil your car or take it in for other maintenance tasks?


  • Are you attending any plays, musicals, concerts or symphonies this spring? Buy tickets now if you haven't yet.


  • Taking your kids somewhere for Spring Break? If so, do you have your travel planned, tickets purchased, arrangements made? If not, how are you going to entertain your for that week or two? Time to make some plans!


  • Take some time to look over your budget for the next month. Need to budget for any birthday parties, a Mardi Gras party, St. Patrick's Day festivities? Don't just do your financial budget (which is very important too) but make your time budget. Do you have time for gardening, homemaking, work, projects - but also time for family, friends, pets, and very importantly, yourself?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Beds

My first Spring Cleaning project involves all the beds in my house. I'm going to strip all the sheets and comforters to wash. I'll even take off the dust ruffles and mattress pads to launder, too. I'll flip and vacuum the mattresses, then vacuum under them. I'll remove any items that shouldn't be under there. (I keep a flashlight and a telephone under my bed, and that's about it nowadays).

Tonight my household members will go to sleep on freshly cleaned beds with nothing scary lurking under them!

LOVELY BATH & BODY: Method Body Wash

If you're a longtime Lovely Living reader, you know my favorite home care products are from Method. So you can imagine how excited I was yesterday at Target to see their new Method body washes. One of the scents was too masculine clean-and-fresh for me, but I picked up the floral water one. I can't wait to try it in my shower tonight!

Method Body Wash, at Target

LOVELY BLOGS: The Party Dress

This lovely blog features party planning ideas for baby showers, kids' parties, bridal showers, and weddings. Soon the blog will expand into an e-magazine you can read online, too. See if you enjoy browsing the colorful party idea photo spreads as much as I do!

http://www.thepartydress.net/

LOVELY HOLIDAYS:

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

Easy Irish Brown Bread (CHOW)

How to Make a DIY Bloody Mary Bar (Worth the Whisk)

Queen of the Mommy Bloggers (NY Times)

Winter Vegetable and Tofu Korma (101 Cookbooks)

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