As most of the country knows we are in the midst of a massive “Polar Vortex” . As scary as this sounds (and it does sound VERY SCARY) there are precautions we can take to keep ourselves safe and warm. Firstly do not spend any unnecessary time outside! I read somewhere you can get frost bite if you expose your skin to the cold for more than five minutes. To this Florida girl, well that sounds like a horror movie come to life. Second, please bring your animals inside!! Third, I hear lots of hot soup, tea, and hot cocoa are called for in freezing conditions, plus in all honesty that just sounds yummy.
This time of year seems to be when most people come down with a cold or the flu. That is why we are having a sale this week on all cleaning supplies. Kill those sickness causing germs with products like cleaning wipes, Purell, and bottled soap. We hope everyone is staying safe and warm and not leaving the house unless they have to! Restockit.com cleaning product sale
When it comes to preparing my house for the influx of relatives and friends that are coming over to feast for the holidays, I am totally meticulous in my cleaning ritual. I clean things that during the rest of the year might not get the attention it deserves, like the top of cabinets and the cabinets under the sink.
It’s not that I think people will stand on a step stool to check how my dust bunnies are faring on top of the cabinets, and I don’t envision the kitchen sink cabinet being opened up long enough for anyone to notice the ring of dish-washing liquid that *may* be there from when the bottle tipped over, but you just never know.
I use a lot of Kimberly-Clark wipes during this time. LOTS. I would probably be shot by an activist group that monitors such things as amount of disposable paper-towel type things, but in my defense, it’s only twice a year that I do this. And I support all efforts to sustain the environment, just sayin’. But I love me some WypAll’s.
I also used Kimwipes on all my electronics and even everyone’s eyeglasses and sunglasses. They are especially made for delicate jobs like that, and I don’t want anything messing up my TV and computer screens! They are also great for smartphones and tablets. In my kitchen, I use the X80 foodservice towels. Nothing really beats the absorbency when it comes to drying dishes and utensils and getting them seriously dry. Good luck with your own holiday cleaning!
Is your garage more of a storage unit than, well, a garage? Is it full of boxes and furniture instead of a car or two? Are your shelves bowing under the considerable weight of memories past? Do you ever wonder what’s buried in that dark corner under the canvas tarp? Do you WANT to know what’s under there?
If your garage is anything like mine, then no, you really don’t. I’ve talked on this blog about how organized I am (or have deluded myself into thinking I am), but my garage is scary with a capital S. The only part that makes any sense is my laundry area. Other than that, I could have a whole colony of gnomes living amongst the leaning boxes and humped piles of storage bags.
My big spring cleaning project is garage organization, and frankly I’m terrified of what I’m going to find. I’m trying to psych myself up to it by treating it as an archaeological dig and we’re looking for the Ark of the Covenant or a crystal skull, but I haven’t made progress with that. What I have made progress with is starting to purchase the tools we’ll need to get it organized and hopefully stay organized! After I talk myself into NOT saving everything.
I’ve taken the liberty of listing a few of the things that I’m picking up to get the garage in shape, so hopefully they’ll benefit you as well. Happy organizing!
Shelving – sturdy shelving, preferable with doors, is the first step in successful garage organization. It can take the weight, and instead of seeing paint cans strewn everywhere, you see nice, neat doors.
Organizers – Specifically wall mounted ones. They are perfect for hanging mops, brooms, rakes, etc. Most have latches AND hooks, so you can hang rope and extension cords as well.
Work spaces – We’re purchasing a mobile work station instead of building one. Its more convenient for us, as neither one of us plays with power tools to build things, and we can move it around the garage for more space.
Garbage Cans – Heavy duty and not prone to breaking. We bought two of the Rubbermaid Brute garbage cans and they contain all of our refuse until garbage pickup.
Storage – Bins and boxes. Perfect for everything from books and albums to nails and screws. You can’t go wrong with a hefty supply of both. Plus, you can use them up in your attic and turn that room into scary hoarding storage space.
Sometimes it’s unavoidable. You come into the house (or the office in the morning) and something, somewhere, stinks. Usually it’s something in the garbage or the refrigerator, and if you get it out of the building fast enough, the stench goes away on its own, but sometimes…it lingers. That’s when you go running for the air freshener.
There are a lot of ways and products on the market to remove bad smells out of the air. Candles, sprays, diffusers…they all mask scents in the air, which is okay if you just want a pleasant burst of smell before the vileness takes over again. I use things like that just to put a nice smell in the air before guests come over. When there is a miasma in the air that just won’t go away, you need something heavy duty. You need an air sanitizer.
My first choice is Ozium. The air sanitizer with the funny name is scent killer in a can. There is nothing that this spray won’t destroy. Teenagers of my generation were introduced to this wonder when we needed to spray away the lingering smoke from our contraband cigarettes (bad habit kids, don’t pick it up!) and I continue to use it to this day (especially in the closet that our hamper is in) and it never lets me down.
Another excellent choice is Lysol’s Neutra Air line of air sanitizer’s. They come in more of a scent variety, and of course, being Lysol it not only destroys odors, it sanitizes as well. I’ve used it in a pinch when my regular Lysol spray has run out, and I’ve sanitized the counters and toilets with it! With either one of these products, you can’t lose when you want to eliminate bad odors out of the air. Happy sanitizing!
When I first got my stainless steel appliances in my old house, I was ecstatic. They were sleek, looked beautiful, and let’s face it, I felt trendy. I preferred them over the white appliances that we had, and black appliances just wouldn’t look right in my small kitchen. Then I ran into the problem all stainless steel appliance owners ran into: they were hard to get clean.
Not that they would get dirty, but finger prints showed up like no one’s business, and cleaning them with an all-purpose cleaner didn’t cut it. Either the cleaner wouldn’t remove the fingerprints, or it left a cloudy haze on them. What to do? A friend of mine finally took pity on me and revealed a well-kept secret for cleaning my appliances: Sheila Shine!
No longer a secret, Sheila Shine has become a household name, and is in great demand here at ReStockIt. With the prevalence of stainless steel appliances and even stainless steel counter tops Sheila Shine proves again and again how indispensable it is! One spray or wipe, and it removes fingerprints and other substances from stainless steel, leaving behind the shiny surface that should be there, instead of a cloudy haze.
Not only is Sheila Shine great for appliances, but use it on your sinks, faucets, garbage cans…anything that is stainless steel. It can also be used on the stainless steel found on cars, boats, motorcycles…anything! Pick up some Sheila Shine today, you won’t be disappointed!