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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spring Cleaning?

For many years I have followed the Fly Lady's method of spring cleaning or basically breaking down deep cleaning of your home into zones. You basically focus on a zone every week and I just do this a few times throughout the year. The first zone is the entry way. I spent one morning scrubbing the entry way top to bottom. This is a good place to start because it is often smaller than the rest of your rooms and it is the first thing you see when you walk in so you enjoy your work right away.

A little gloomy today so the pics are sort of dark but here is my entry way.

I cleaned the glass doors with my mixture of water and rubbing alcohol. It works better than any other glass cleaner than I have ever used. Cheap, less toxic and just smells clean too. I also use it for other uses here.
I also needed to polish up the brass light fixture. I Googled it and found that taking a rag dipped in vinegar and then salt works great as a brass polish. The fixture is old but we are not changing it out. All clean and shiny it looked so much better. Just spiff up your home and enjoy and appreciate what you already have and leave the money in your bank account.

One thing we did when we first moved in here was to hang this peg rack right by the door. It helps keep purses and jackets from being dumped on the floor as everyone walk in and is a great place to hang our keys.

This photo of my husband's grandparents hangs in our entry way. This was their home before we bought after they had both passed. This is them on their wedding day during the depression.


camp and cottage living said...

what a priveledge to live in your DH's grandparents home. they are a handsome couple.
thanks for the cleaning tips. I was just telling my husband |I want to start making my own cleaning products, so this is timely!

Barb said...

Hi Elaine!

Thank you for your kind thoughts on my blog. I can't imagine losing both parents in such a short time. Your kindness was so appreciated.

Your home looks so warm and inviting - I love your big clock, and the picture is just beautiful! I'm going to try your window cleaning solution - I have a dog, who loves to make cute little nose marks on my glass doors! I also love Fly Lady, she keeps me on track!


Kris said...

Great way to do those huge jobs!! I do it much the same way as you. I also have a mirrored piece with hooks for jackets and all. Very handy!! Hope your daughter is better today!
XO Kris

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Elaine -- what a gorgeous photo and how neat that you live in grandparents home. Your entry is very welcoming.

Fly Lady and I parted ways when she kept insisting I put on my shoes, lol. I should give her another try :)


Mecky said...

It is so neat that you are living in your DH's family home!I love the french doors!

I kind of do Flylady but not like I should. Years ago before Flylady, I read a book that talked about cleaning the Mt Vernon Method. You were to start at the front door and work your way around the room. That included cleaning out drawers and such. It was called the Mt Vernon Method because the lady was told that was the way they clean at Mt Vernon.

I need to get back on track with Flylady and stop being so rebellious toward her system. I think her system is the best out there!

BTW, the clock is really nice!

Happy Tuesday!

Beth said...

what a great picture. such a lovely couple. i have check in with the Fly Lady several times... but i guess i need to do it again soon. she always had such great tips. i've always wanted a "so called mudroom" but our house does not really have that much room there. but we love what we have. small or not. it works. (:

Holly said...

So inviting. I used to follow the Fly Lady too. Now I just fly by the seat of my pants.

Michelle said...

I like the idea of breaking down cleaning into zones. I will have to check out the fly lady's site.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love your little entry. I like the colors and that is such a sweet picture of your husbands grandparents.
I liked this post--it shows you have so much contentment in your home and with that comes Peace.
My favorite part of this simple little post?
"The fixture is old but we are not changing it out."

We should all take a note from your example. Pat

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Gail you are a rebel. I don't do the shoe thing and like to do my deep cleaning in my jammies before I get cleaned up for the day. I just like her system to keep me on track.

Elizabeth said...

I like that idea of cleaning in zones! I do make most of my cleaning products, makes me feel good!

Cindy said...

Your entry way is very pretty, I love the painted trim, it's lovely.
The Fly Lady is so smart, isn't she, she has helped so many people get their house cleaning under control. Alcohol and water? I have never heard of that, I have always heard that vinegar and water is best, so it's better than vinegar and water, eh. Well, I shall have to get some rubbing alcohol.
Hugs, Cindy

Ginger Zuck said...

I love that photo. They looked so happy. I love the cleaning mixture of alcohol & water. I'm going to try that for sure.

Julie Harward said...

It is an amazing time we live in isn't it, that we can Google anything and find an answer! I love your entry and the picture, so nice! :D

Bonnie said...

Your entry is lovely. And, everything does look clean (I suspect it always does) and fresh. Hugs! Bonnie

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Bonnie it isn't always clean. We have a dog that sheds like mad and we have to vacuum every other day or more. When you see the big tufts of hair under the table you know it is time to drag the vacuum out. I do try to keep the main family rooms picked up though with a three year old she is always working behind me to make sure it isn't.

Tracy said...

I enjoy seeing pictures of your home, Elaine! Love the clock and the photo of your husband's grandparents. How lovely to live in an older home with charm! Oh, I am a FlyBaby, too, though I don't do the lace up shoe thing. :)

Leslie said...

What a pretty entryway you have! By the look of those french doors and hardwood floors, I see that you're home has lovely character. :) I'm really glad you shared with us some of your cleaning tips. I'll have to try that alcohol and water idea for windows, because what I use is non-toxic, "green", and expensive!!
I just wanted to say thanks so much for stopping by my cozy kitchen and leaving me a nice comment! You're so right--the bars would be a perfect alternative to brownies--you won't miss a thing! Hope you enjoy them, Elaine!
Have a blessed night,

Nicole said...

I was recently reading somewhere that a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water was the perfect thing for cleaning mirrors--no more of that annoying haze. Can you recommend the ratio of alcohol to water that you use? I am so anxious to try this!

Olive Cooper said...

I once upon a time followed Flylady now I follow me which is maybe not so good.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your entry way looks so inviting! I have been cleaning like crazy....but in the cupboards and closets!! I am being ruthless!

Pamela said...

So fresh and inviting! Still working on mine!

Susan B said...

You entry way looks lovely! I love your grandfather clock. I've just started back on Flylady's system to get my home in order... I've used rubbing alcohol and water as a cleaner for my windows, mirrors, glass, etc for years. It does work very well.

The photo of your husband's grandparents is sweet. I have wedding photos of my mother's parents, and my father's parents in our hallway. Those photos are very special to me. That's wonderful that you live in a home that belonged in your husband's family. I wish my husband and I could have bought the home I grew up in when my parents sold it. I always loved that house, and still miss it sometimes.

Enjoy a wonderful week! :)

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your entry is so pretty and large! I love all the French doors leading from it. I also love that you have a photo of Mr. SSL's grandparents hanging in there. How special!

Great cleaning tips. I need to deep clean this house, and I usually like to deep clean everything like you quarterly.

I won't be deep cleaning today, though. I have too many errands I have been avoiding!

Have a great day, Elaine!

Ricki Jill

deb said...

YOU entry way is gorgeous!!!!! LOVE the wood floors and french doors! HEY that rhymes!!!! I subscribe to flylady really works when you stick to it!!!!

Carey's Farmhouse Kitchen said...

I wish I had the energy, and discipline for FlyLady. I have used some of her ideas though! I do have certain days I clean each room.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Next week I am going to try and take one room at a time and thoroughly scrub everything from top to bottom. I just feel like it is all soooooooo dirty. Needs a good cleaning. Your entry looks amazing. I will try your window clearner idea. Sounds good. Hugs, Marty

Amy said...

I'm a big fan of the Flylady system as well. Zone cleaning has really made it so much easier to stay organized at home!

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