Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Cleaning: Carpets


Spring Daisy Flower Kit, from Paper Source

Today I'm getting my carpets cleaned. Now that my family room has been redone in laminate flooring, I only have carpets in the living room, hallway and bedrooms.

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Do something today to bring spring into your home. Switch out your tablecloth or towels, get out your spring bedding or curtains, spritz a spring-scented room spray, or put out a vase of colorful fresh flowers.

  • Take two quick minutes to peek at your vitamins. Check the expiration dates, see if there are any vitamins you should add to your shopping list, throw out any expired vitamins, and make sure your vitamins are accessible so you'll remember to take them every day. Same goes for baby aspirin if you're a daily aspirin taker.

  • Check your family's supplies of deodorant, shaving cream, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner. Do you need to add anything to your shopping list? Or do you need to throw out and recycle several containers that only have half an inch left and obviously nobody is going to use the last bit?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Carpet Cleaning

Today the carpet cleaners are coming to do my living room, bedroom, office and hallway. With two large, muddy-footed dogs running around the house all winter, I've had to budget for more frequent carpet cleaning. We're now having it done every 4 months instead of every 6. It helps that I've put laminate flooring in downstairs so there's one less carpeted room to have cleaned!

Though the carpet people will move light furniture for you, I prefer to just move everything myself, so half an hour this morning was spent getting everything possible off the floor. My bedroom lamps are now standing in the bathroom, my nightstands are piled on beds, stacks of stuff from my office have been relocated to other areas, and the coffee table is perched precariously on the kitchen counter. It's funny how one's household turns into utter chaos in the process of getting everything to look better.

My project tonight is getting everything back in place after the carpet dries. With my carpets clean and lovely again, my house will be restful and pleasant and I'll feel I can throw a dinner party again!

Do you need to schedule a carpet cleaning appointment, or rent a carpet cleaner at your grocery store and do it yourself? Any spots on your carpet you need to work on with a carpet stain remover?

LOVELY BLOGS: This is Glamorous


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LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

How to Cook Asparagus (Local Foods/About.com)

Rye Crumble Bars with Jam (Orangette)

Spring Clean your Garden (Gardening/About.com)

Ten Spring Wardrobe Must-Haves (Chatelaine)

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