Deep Clean Your Home – Focus: Bedrooms

As much as we want to spend more time outdoors, we can’t give up on our 2015 resolution of making our home the cleanest ever. Next up is the bedrooms.

Bedrooms have their own sort of dirt and grime depending on the person or persons occupying them. I keep a habit of making my bed every morning. It helps to keep my mindset organized all day long. As well, I ritually launder my sheets, due to pets and my own bloodhound-like sense of smell – it keeps me sane. The message hasn’t sunk into my kids’ brains yet, but I’ll keep trying!

There are lots to discuss here as we clean down into every nook and cranny. Let’s start with finding a place for everything.. Once upon a time, I would use my bedroom as the catch-all for everything in the house that didn’t have place. How unfair for me (and my hubby)! Everything has a place (even if it’s the trash), so put it there now and again after each time you use it. Once everything is put away, we can really get a good feel for what needs to happen in here. I start with everything above the floor. (Floors are last for me.) Start at the top and work your way down… Lighting, window sills and baseboards are first. Doors (both side) and doorways are next.

My sister turned me on to baby wipes as a cleaning tool! They’re easier on my skin (I don’t like to wear gloves) and they shine up molding, interior doors and any painted surfaces inside pretty nicely. As well, they’re cheap, smell good and small enough to maneuver around intricate surfaces. Convinced yet? Try them!

Then I move on to the furniture – remove the stuff, dust and replace only necessary items! Be sure not to forget dusting or cleaning your headboard and footboard. Do the TV and any other miscellaneous items too. Now, on to the floors. I like to complete my cleaning with a good carpet vacuum and shampoo. I invested in a steam cleaner and have not looked back since! If you have hardwoods, consider a steam mop.. I have one now and wondered why it took me so long to get one. With that said, don’t forget about any area rugs – clean yourself or call in the professionals.

Fix anything broken or squeaky while you’re in there. …Did I leave anything out?

Okay, that’s your room.. Let’s repeat for each bedroom. Break it down throughout the month, maybe one bedroom per week until they’re done. Once you’re done, your reward is your very own clean, comfy bedroom to rest your head. Just remember to make it easier on yourself next time by picking up and putting away each time something is used.

Next month.. Carpet & floors. You’ve already done the bedrooms, so you’re that much further ahead!

“Deep Clean Your Home – One Month at a Time” is an on-going series of articles helping homeowners with the daunting task of cleaning and organizing for a happier, healthier home. Be sure to look back at the months you’ve missed and look forward to those yet to come!

Deep Clean Your Home – Month Two (feel the LOVE) ♥︎

February month gold 3D quality render on the wall background with soft shadow.When we think February, we think love! And how much do we love our homes? February isn’t (personally) my favorite month, but I do love to come home to a warm and inviting home, sip some hot cocoa by the fire and snuggle up in my warm cozy bed. And this month it’s about lovin’ on those window dressings of ours. Yes, BLINDS & CURTAINS are the focus of this month’s deep cleaning schedule.

Not many of us love to clean our blinds, but they have to be done! And, once done, they are simple to maintain for the rest of the year with a quick drive-by vacuuming. If you can stand it, replace any broken or discolored blinds in the house right away. Or, maybe it’s time to swap out a blind or two for some lovely sheer panels? (In either case, one less set to clean!.. for now.) I’ve read some advice on bathing them in the tub, but to me it just creates a bigger mess in another area of your home – No way. I’ll tell you what I do.. Put on a sock! Yep, I use an old tube sock over my hand and start cleaning each slat, one by one – all the way down, top and bottom. I use a mild solution of warm water and dish soap on my white wood blinds, but you can use whatever is recommended by the manufacturer, or an expert, according to the material your blinds are made of. It’s monotonous, but once done, it’s done (until next February) and you’ll love your fresh, clean blinds.

Curtains need some love too! Take them down, wash them and put them right back up. A lot of the ready-made curtains you buy at stores like Target and BB&B are washable – just read the labels! Others, such as custom made drapery or delicate fabrics, may have to be sent to the cleaners. You’ll want to check with the seamstress or the cleaners for the best course of action. In any case, you can certainly get away with a thorough vacuuming, on both side, with the hand tools to your machine. If you feel the need to spot clean, I would still check with an expert if you’re unsure. Once clean, you’ll love the way they smell!

You have all month, so let’s get busy! Next month, we’ll be looking up at those ceiling fans and light fixtures!

♥︎ XOXO ♥︎

“Deep Clean Your Home – One Month at a Time” is an on-going series of articles helping homeowners with the daunting task of cleaning and organizing for a happier, healthier home. Be sure to look back at the months you’ve missed and look forward to those yet to come!

Weekend fun at the Triangle Parade of Homes

Wow.. What a great way to spend my Saturday! My sister, niece and I spent the day in Wake Forest, NC touring some pretty spectacular homes on the Triangle Parade of Homes. Check out the pictures below..

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As a stager and designer, I live for the opportunities to immerse myself into beautiful homes.. one right after the other! On this particular afternoon, I paid close attention to the other visitors’ reactions and comments hoping to introduce myself at the right time. As well as prospecting, I was able to get a sense of style toward the builders and their stagers. One thing was clear, the well-staged homes were the definite stand-outs! The builders who took the cheap route and didn’t have their homes staged are probably scratching their heads as to what went wrong.. So sorry about that.. Everyone noticed the difference it made.

Staging sells!