It’s national Scribble Day! Oh the mess that can be made while having fun scribbling. Go ahead and try it, scribbling on a piece of paper can release some built up frustration. Allow your little ones to scribble too. We try to focus on them staying in the lines when coloring or painting, and writing nicely all the time. Make that exception today and allow them to be silly and have some fun. Don’t stress if they make a mess there are ways to get crayon off practically anything by just scratching it away, ink can sometimes be a little more tricky to remove so here is a helpful cleaning hint to remove ink from almost anything. Works wonders on wooden tables.
You Will Need:
Rubbing alcohol (optional)
Steps to Remove the Stain:
Begin by mixing water and baking soda to form a paste.
Spread the paste over the ink stain and rub it in with your fingers. Baking soda can be slightly abrasive, so avoid scrubbing too hard or it may damage the finish.
Moisten a soft cloth with plain water and scrub the area as you remove the paste.
For larger stains, repeat the steps above until all of the ink is removed.
If a haze is left on the surface from the baking soda, wipe the area with a cotton ball moistened with a small amount of rubbing alcohol to remove.
Yup you guessed it! There’s more things to clean! Some of these things aren’t thought of as part of your regular spring cleaning. It’s always nice to look at things in someone else’s view because it will open up your eyes to new things. As a cleaning person myself I can visit different places and find things that people have over looked for some time. My parents are good ones for the computer won’t work. By not working they mean it’s running slow and or it keeps freezing, which brings me to more cleaning possibilities.
What about technology? Do you have a smart phone that keeps freezing, a computer that won’t load, or a tablet that it seems like every time you want to download something new it tells you there’s not enough space? Well whens the last time you have cleaned up these items? While we all tend to take really good care of our electronics for the most part we really need to DE-junk them. Maybe you have thousands of pictures stored in your phone, screen shots even that you took of a new recipe you wanted to try or a new craft idea. You can back most of these items up to your cloud or google accounts and then delete them off your phone. I normally do this and then go through my storage once it’s on my google account and then delete items I don’t need. Maybe it was I took 20 pictures of my 3 year old just to get the perfect photo for that moment, but I really don’t need those 19 other photos. You may have games you downloaded to pass time but you haven’t played them much in the last month, go ahead and delete those to clear up space as well. What about files you may have saved on your computer for what ever reason? Delete them if you no longer need them. Once you have gone through and deleted everything you can think of run a system cleaner such as Clean Master and it will find more items that are hidden, or that you didn’t think about and will give you the option to delete those as well. I try to run this program on my systems every three months. Freeing up this space will help your device run faster, you may even feel like it’s brand new again.
Other things that you may not think about for your normal spring cleaning include your yard, your car, how about that garage! We all have those leaves that either waited until it was too cold to get or something came up and we just didn’t have the time. Now is the perfect time to go ahead and take care of those as well. You may have debris laying around your yard because that pesky raccoon decided to get into your trash or it may have blown there with all that 40 mph plus wind we’ve had recently. This also is the perfect time to inspect that patio furniture, It may be time for new, or you may need to make a couple simple repairs. now how about your car? I’m sure it could use a good cleaning both inside and out. Take advantage of these nice sunny days and detail the inside of your car. When it’s warm enough run it through a car wash to get all that rock salt and dirt off it. Speaking of cars, what’s that garage look like? Can you even park your car in it? Start in an area of the garage and eliminate items you may no longer need. If you are unsure leave it this time, when you do your next big clean if it still sits there untouched get rid of it. This is a perfect time to get all items together that may require you to call for a large trash pick up for your residence.
Once you have completed your new spring cleaning list you will feel better not only about yourself but also about everything around you. Just remember if you get to in over your head there are always services out there that will help you with all your needs.
Spring cleaning comes around each year. And during that time everyone scatters throughout their homes to find things they can throw away, and to deep clean other areas of the home that may have been over looked. Bathrooms, ovens, inside the refrigerator as well as those closets. All of these are good items to touch up on during your spring cleaning but I also want you to think about cleaning up things such as your Finances and your body.
While your finances may have taken a recent hit due to shopping for the holidays, the New Year or you just had to have the latest trend. Now is a good time to sit down and go over your finances and get things back in order. Have credit card debt? Call and set up a payment plan that will allow you to get back on track. Bills that have gone unpaid for whatever reason? Give them a call too, and get those in order as well. Maybe you were setting money aside for a savings account and you fell on hard times so you haven’t done that either. Do you constantly find yourself in a crunch when it comes to getting your finances in order? Reach out to someone and ask for help. This could be a family member, a co-worker, or maybe even speaking to an account. Don’t be afraid to see help to get your finances back in order. Everyone runs into a problem sooner or later.
Now lets’ talk about your body! We all know setting those New Year resolutions never stick. So let’s focus on that now. It is a perfect time to start treating your body better rather it’s a change in your diet, or getting some exercise (as easy as just going for a walk). Again this isn’t something that comes easy to a lot of people and if you don’t have the right support it can be hard. Try setting small goals for yourself such as today I’m going to pick an apple for a snack over this bag of chips, or instead of watching TV get up and go for a walk just a few blocks through your neighborhood will do. Soon your body will start to feel better because you have made that better choice and things will become a little simpler over time. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor if you are struggling with something within yourself. Take time for yourself to decompress. This could be sitting in a quiet room, or even outside (warmer weather is coming I promise). No one will take care of you the way you should be taking care of yourself. Sometimes you have to put yourself before others so you can accomplish self-care.