The Contents of the Checklist for the Forthcoming Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

People who are getting ready for the most important cleaning project in the year, spring cleaning, are not only happy that the weather is becoming warmer and friendlier, the trees are bursting out in green foliage, and the birds are chirping to welcome the balmy season. They are also getting ready for the spring cleaning, and they are at a loss where to start, in what order to approach the cleaning activities, and where to shop for cleaners. However, the most important thing is that good mood and spring cleaning go hand by hand because the regeneration spring energies flow to the blood with positive vibes.

Preparing a checklist for the forthcoming spring cleaning and decluttering can relieve all the above-mentioned difficulties. Planning always introduces order into activities, and a checklist is the result of planning. Making up a spring cleaning checklist will ensure that all the activities that need to be done will be really implemented, no important cleaning stage will be skipped for lack of time or lack of attention.

The checklist for the spring cleaning should be drawn up by room. That will ensure that no corner or nook is forgotten during that “mission impossible.” The tools and supplies which are needed for the cleaning of the different surfaces should also be included in the checklist. The greatest attention should be devoted to the seasonal chores that are typically carried out during that season, so these chores should be in the beginning of the checklist. The corners and surfaces that have recently been cleaned should be left out of the checklist, and that stage of planning can leave substantial time for other areas of the home where the efforts should be made.


Typically a spring cleaning checklist should include the following: the first area to be cleaned is the kitchen. The kitchen is the area where the most frequent cleaning takes place, and because it is a room where the food is stored and prepared, it should be the first room to enjoy the benefits of thorough spring cleaning. The pantries, drawers, cabinets should be emptied and cleaned carefully. Now is the perfect time to pitch all the useless appliances, utensils or expired food.

The bathroom is another place where the cleaning efforts should be devoted in the beginning of the cleaning. The accumulation of limescale is difficult to cope with, especially in areas where the water is especially hard, but the result of the efforts – a sparkling clean bathroom, is worth the hard work. Do not miss to organize the laundry room – you can buy a new basket for the dirty clothes that fit better the interior or just arrange the detergents and take care of the washing machine and dryer.

Spring is a great time for a new beginning. So why don’t you arrange a cozy, trendy drop zone in the hall? Think of a colourful, functional solution that will change the look of the house.

The next rooms to be cleaned as part of the spring renovation of the home are the living areas. The living room is the third biggest culprit for the accumulation of dust and dirt in the home as it is there that people spend a lot of time, communicating with the other family members, watching TV, reading magazines, etc. If you have an office area, pay special attention to it; as it’s the ideal time to put an end to the chaos and to organize your desk. Why don’t you add another drop zone for all the papers and fresh flowers that will inspire you.

The bedroom is the next item on the spring cleaning checklist, and although the efforts on cleaning will be typically smaller, it should find its right place on the list. That is mainly because typically the closets are located there. Spring is an ideal time to do away with all the unnecessary clothes, books and all the rest you have stored. You can organize a small backyard sale or surprise your friend with little presents. In the kid’s room pay also attention to all the toys- you can throw some of them away or donate them to kids in need.

The cellar and the garage are the next, most often the last, items to be included in the spring cleaning checklist. Not only cleaning these rooms, but also getting rid of clutter and organizing the contents there, should be planned by including these areas in the spring cleaning activities.

The plan is ready, so it is time for action. Try to enjoy that process and to engage the whole family in it – that way you will have fun and soon enough will enjoy a brand new clutter-free and fresh house.

About The Author

Nicole is an expert in the field of house cleaning, she writes on behalf of Bow Cleaning Company.

6 Fun Spring Activities For Kids and Grandparents to Enjoy Together

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I don’t know about you, but I’m keen on welcoming spring and summer for that matter! However, spring really IS just around the corner, no matter how you look at it. Most families and their loved ones look forward to getting outside and enjoying their gardens, barbeques and various outside parties. For kids, it’s crucial to their health, spirit and development to get out and enjoy the outdoors instead of sitting around playing video games or watching television.

I have gathered 6 spring activities that I know you and your grandkids will indeed enjoy


Visit the animals at the zoo: My grandchild LOVES animals, and I’m looking forward to visiting the zoo with him this coming spring and summer. You can make a trip to the zoo as educational as you like. It’s fun to share animal-farming tips with your grandkids and teach them how to raise chickens, horses and goats, just to name a few. Grandma personally loves the baby monkeys, however, she don’t know anything about raising them! lol

You get the idea, if your grandchild likes animals, then the zoo would be a fun and delightful trip. Make a whole day out of it and pack lunches and snacks. And you know, ice cream would be a great idea to end the day with on the way home. 🙂

Garden hunt for treasures and rewards: This can be super fun and educational as well. Just like an Easter egg hunt, you hide things, however, not eggs in a garden treasure hunt. The items can be anything your grandchildren like. A package of stickers, plastic shovels and rakes, candy, and even coins. However, don’t make a big issue out of hiding money. It’s far more fun to hide the grand’s favorite toys and things. Grandparents will have a blast with this activity as well!

Fishing day: My father loved fishing! This grandma really likes watching people fish. She was never fond of messing around with fish or the bait. lol For most people, fishing is something grandfathers and grandkids do together. However, there are many grandmothers who take a liking to fishing; just not this grandma. 😉 This also teaches your grandchildren one aspect of survival skills, and learning how people obtained their food years ago.

Cleaning out the garage: While this one may not be all that fun, it does have to be done. This is something that the whole family can participate in. Your grandchildren would enjoy this especially if you have a large sized garage and have lots of junk to go through. Maybe Grandpa has a few trinkets and tools he wishes to pass down and give up? Chances are, the garage is filled with all kinds of goodies.

Dig in the dirt and plant: All kids love playing in the dirt, well most of them, especially the boys! However, girls will love playing in the dirt to plant Grandma’s flowers. 🙂 Spring is certainly the right time for improved growth. How about sharing this with your grandkids with the beautiful colors of flowers? You can plant vegetables as well. My mother-in-law always had a nice veggie garden and my son just loved helping out. This also teaches your kids where vegetables come from. The ground of course. Don’t be afraid to get your nails all messed up Grandma!

Grandparenting camping trip: A fun camping trip will sure to be a hit with the grandkids! However, it may be a challenge for some grandparents to keep up with them. lol Ask your grands which they’d rather do, go camping or play video games? I’ll bet you 10 to 1, you will get the camping response. Camping has always been the classic summer activity. It’s also a family bonding activity with everything there is to be enjoyed. This of course, includes a huge camp fire. And yes, you HAVE to roast hot dogs and marshmallows! Camping is not camping without it.

The important thing to remember with all the outdoor activities this spring and summer has to offer is taking all the safety measures seriously. You can never be too safe or cautious. Also, have fun with your grandchildren, they won’t be young forever, nor will YOU be!

About The Author:

You can also find Tammy at her freelance writing blog. She offers writing tips, articles and much more. Tammy also offers freelance writing services.

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How to Make Great Summer Beverages

By Dennis Weaver

In the heat of the summer, it’s important to drink plenty of liquids. That’s especially so for children as they play in the sun. But water quickly gets boring and kids don’t usually like it anyway. So what can you do to help them, and yourself, stay hydrated this summer? Here are some ideas:

• If you don’t want to go to the work of pureeing and straining fruit, use a fruit pancake syrup. We made ice cubes from blueberry syrup and used them in lemonade, as shown in the picture above. Dilute the syrup with two parts water for one part syrup before freezing the ice cubes.

Other syrup choices include boysenberry, cherry, raspberry, peach, and strawberry.
• Add pancake syrup to your lemonade to make cherry lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and so forth.
• Add fruit juices or fruit syrup to soda water.
• Add fruit juices or fruit syrup to lemonade.
Still need help? How about trying some of these beverage recipes:

Strawberry Lemonade Slush

Fresh is always better. If you have a food processor or blender, here is a great way to convert a couple lemons and a tub of strawberries into a wonderful, fresh beverage.

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (juice from approximately two lemons)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups strawberries
A few drops red food coloring
ice

Directions

Puree the lemon juice, sugar, and, strawberries together in a blender or food processor. Add the food coloring.

Add the ice cubes one at a time and process until smooth. (If you are using a blender, you can remove the round handle from the lid and drop the ice cubes in the blender one at a time.)

Continue adding ice cubes until the mixture is diluted to the desired taste. Add more sugar for a sweeter drink.

Baker’s notes: If you add enough ice you will have a slush. If you desire a more frozen beverage, place the blender jar in the freezer and in a half hour, scrape the forming crystals from the sides. Repeat if desired.

Tropical Breeze Smoothie

As with all smoothies, this is quick and easy to make. And as with all smoothies, you can vary the quantities of ingredients to fit your taste.

Ingredients

1 ripe banana
1 cup pina colada flavored yogurt
1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
10-12 ice cubes
1 tablespoon honey or to taste

Directions

Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Add more honey if desired. You can buy pina colada flavored yogurt in individual serving-sized cups at the grocery.

The Best Strawberry Shake

What could be better than a tall strawberry shake? You’ll find that you can deliver a better shake than the local car hop. This is a thick strawberry shake made with plump, ripe berries and premium ice cream. It’s topped with sweetened, flavored whipped cream.

The following recipe makes two shakes. So as to not overfill the blender, make a half at a time.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups of ripe, fresh strawberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
about 3 cups premium vanilla ice cream
2/3 cup half and half (or a 50:50 mixture of milk and whipping cream)
sweetened whipped cream for topping

Directions

Wash, trim, and slice the berries. Sprinkle the sugar on the berries and let them soak at room temperate for two hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

Place half the strawberries and half the ice cream in a blender plus half the juice from the berries. Puree until smooth and combined. Add half of the half and half and mix.

Put the shake in a tall, chilled glass while you make the second shake.
Top the shakes with whipped cream and an optional strawberry and serve.

There are some tricks to making a very good strawberry shake. Start with the very best berries. If they are not fully ripe, they won’t be flavorful but if they are starting to get mushy, they may have an off-taste. And put the right amount of berries in the shake. Judge the amount by the color of the shake; it should be a rich but pastel pink. If it’s too light, add more berries.

Taste the shake before you serve it. If it does not have enough strawberry taste, add some strawberry flavor.

Before making the shakes, chill the blender and glasses in the freezer. It’s hard to make a thick shake in a warm blender; it melts the ice cream. Your ice cream should be rock hard.

(Use an ice cream spade, not scoop, to pry out hard frozen ice cream.) Don’t mix the shake any longer than necessary; the friction from the motor causes heat that will melt the ice cream.

For the whipped cream topping

1 cup heavy whipping cream (the fat content should be 35% or more)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or other flavor

Directions

Chill the cream, the utensils, and bowl that you will be using.
Beat the cream at medium speed until soft peaks form.
Add the powdered sugar and flavor and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Do not over whip.

Instead of vanilla, try a different flavor. Strawberry of course works but any of the “warm” flavors will do.

French vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel flavors are all good choices.

Italian Sodas

Summer Sunrise Soda

1 tbsp (1/2 oz) Torani Peach Syrup
1/2 tbsp (1/4 oz) Torani Mango Syrup
1 cup sparkling water or club soda
Ice

Directions

Pour sparkling water into tall glass filled with ice. Add Torani syrup and stir well.

Berry Blast Soda

1 tbsp (1/2 oz) Torani Blackberry Syrup
1 tbsp (1/2 oz) Torani Raspberry Syrup
1 cup (8oz) sparkling water or club soda
Ice

Directions

Pour sparkling water into tall glass filled with ice. Add Torani syrup and stir well.

Raspberry Cream Soda

2 tbsp (1 oz) Torani Red Raspberry Syrup
1/2 tbsp (1/4 oz) Torani Vanilla Syrup
1 cup (8oz) sparkling water or club soda
2 tbsp (1 oz) cold milk or half &half
Ice

Directions

Pour sparkling water into tall glass filled with ice. Add Torani and stir well. Slowly top with milk

Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry. He is the author of How to Bake, a 318 page book about the art and science of baking. You can download a free copy of How to Bake here. Kindle, Nook and iPad versions available.

Copyright © Dennis Weaver :: The Prepared Pantry :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

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I just wanted to wish all my readers a wonderful Valentine’s day!

Hope you do something special for your spouse and your grandchildren.

 

Whoso loves, believes the impossible.

~~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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