Everyone is running, riding bikes, and enjoying the nice weather! The good news is that it's only going to get better. The months ahead will bring pool time, barbecues, and more hours spent outside than any other time of the year. Why not add a few things to your life that will help make your summer even better!
These projects aren't too difficult or expensive, and usually don't take too much time. One day or less should do it.
1. Firepit Surround- make your evenings even more fun with s'mores and great conversation around a natural heater. This can even last into fall and keep you warm when nights get cooler. It doesn't take up a lot of room, and it's up to you where you want to put it! Lowe's has great instructions to make this. Click here to get them.
2. Tire Swing- If you have kids, they will thank you for this one, and stay out of your hair for some time! If you don't this can be fun for all ages, as long as you have a strong enough tree branch!!! Forget the normal boring chair, swinging can be relaxing, so give this a try! This doesn't take too much effort or supplies. The directions are here.
3. Outdoor Bed / Sofa - You can relax outside this summer with an easy tutorial to create a nice place to take a break after mowing the lawn, running, or playing with the kids! Curl up with a good book, or meditate. Sounds amazing! All you'll need to make this a reality is 12 cinderblocks, 4 pieces of lumber, concrete adhesive and cushions. If you're on a budget you can probably save $ by making your own cushion. Go to the craft store for some fabric, stuffing and weather proofing product for fabric and there you go! Here's the directions.
4. Herb Garden Ideas - My favorite out of these is the flower boxes on the stair risers. So easy to do, and a nice way to plant! Here's the picture of it. There are other options if this one doesn't fit with your home outside. It's such a great resource to have herbs fresh in your backyard! Here's the other ideas.
Whatever you decide to do this summer, have fun with it!
Seasons are changing and I'm happy to announce that spring is here! It actually came a few weeks ago, but you might not have realized it depending on where you live. The time has come for tulips and easter egg hunts!
Spring reminds us of renewal, and for our home, that means it's time for spring cleaning! Oh joy!
This can become very overwhelming, because everything is a lot to clean! Here's the essentials that you might not think of in order to spruce up your home for a healthy environment in the coming months. Some of them seem too easy to be true!
1. Handles- We have a lot of germs on our hands, which means that everything we touch is filled with them. Any handles in your home (doorknobs, cabinet handles, even light switches) can be easily wiped down with antibacterial solution. That's probably the easiest cleaning for one of the dirtiest things!
2. Dusting- Use a damp rag, or some pledge if you're wiping down wood to get rid of all the dust that builds up so quickly! Light fixtures and ceiling fans are some places you might not consider cleaning, but it gets there too. Fans especially because when you turn them on it's like spreading fertilizer on your lawn- not good!
3. Window treatments- Things like blinds and curtains need to be cleaned. Luckily this is one that you can get away with doing only once or twice a year. It's not something I would think about doing at all, unless I saw dirt on the white blinds! Often if we don't see it we don't think to clean it. You can throw the curtains in the wash in most cases. Dirty blinds? Just wipe them down.
4. Walls- This one kind of makes me cringe because it seems like a lot of work. The only time I can really tell the walls are dirty is in the bathroom, all the moisture makes it obvious I guess. How do you clean walls you might ask? Use a soft brush attachment to vacuum them. Then wipe them down with a cloth-covered mop (spray with a dusting agent). Don't use too much water.
5. Vacuum- Hopefully this one you already do more than a couple times a year. If not then it's really time to do it, and probably get your carpets cleaned! This one is last because you should do it last. Any dust that fell on the floor, or crumbs from wiping off the counters can get sucked up this way. If you have molding vacuum that, and also your furniture (sofa, etc.). Especially if you have pets that you allow on there.
Prevent allergies by doing these spring cleaning jobs. If you have someone else clean, make sure they do these things that wouldn't normally be considered for every week or month.
Make sure to check back to the post about what cleaning supplies to keep on hand for what to use when cleaning this spring! Happy Easter!
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.