Fall Cleaning is Important Too!

Fall is officially here! The most colorful season of the year. Also, my personal favorite! However, it can be one of the most daunting times of year for bi-annual heavy clean-up. Not only are you dealing with remnants from summer sand beach days, but you now must deal with falling leaves. An important part of being a responsible adult is recognizing that when the leaves start to fall off trees, it’s time for a fall cleaning. Contrary to popular belief, fall cleaning is just as important as spring cleaning. Even as a respectable adult you are probably forgetting a few key places that have created colonies out of your neglect. You know how birds and bees will turn practically anything into nests and hives if they are certain to not be disturbed? Mold plays by those rules too, so you should probably start cleaning with a little more discipline. Let us start with some basics…. Embarrassing facts about refrigerators. For many, not only is the refrigerator a place to store weekly groceries, but it doubles as a shelf in times of need for non-discarded junk and mail. There is zero logic behind it other than not being able to throw away the no expiring 100th Bed Bath and Beyond coupon. I dare you to try not to cough when cleaning that dust pile up. Now let us talk about air movement in the home. Whether it’s a ceiling fan, window a/c or a stationary fan, eventually that dust will take a jolt of unfortunate physics and spread like a cloud of fresh snow across all your belongings. Think about...

5 Tips for Surviving the ‘Allergy Superburst’

Stuffy nose? Itchy, watery eyes? Sneezing? Itchy ears? Do these symptoms sound familiar?  It’s outdoor allergy season! Allergy season is a great time mostly for plants and nectar-producing insects. It is a time where pollen grains are abundant in the environment. It is also a season of vulnerability to human health; as a catalyst for some respiratory issues like asthma or other respiratory-related allergies. Well, what can you do besides avoid the great outdoors? Here are some steps to alleviate common spring woes: Studies show that pollen counts are highest in the early morning, from about 5:00 am until about 10:00 am – so try and plan outdoor activities later in the day.You can also be sure to keep your car windows closed while you drive. At home, try to keep your house windows closed. This is easiest if you have air conditioning. If it gets too hot, now is the time to enjoy your basement! It’s also a good rule to let someone else mow your lawn! See, seasonal allergies have some positives.Frequently get car washes – when your vehicle is covered with pollen, rain is what will activate the acidic properties which, over time, will damage your vehicle’s paint.  Plus, it saves you from unnecessary exposure. Outside of improving your homes aesthetics, removing pollen from siding is also important.  Pollen serves as a great contributor to the growth of weeds and other plants which attracts pests (rodents, birds, and insects) that damage your siding.You can also consult your doctor to see if antihistamines and/or nasal sprays would be appropriate for allergy season. This article is for informational purposes...

Spring is here, and so is Spring Cleaning

Spring is here, and so is Spring Cleaning. A year’s worth of food, bad Christmas gifts, clearance rack clothing, and junk items are no match for a motivated individual who wants to de-clutter. What will getting rid of junk and wiping down my tables and counters do?  Researchers have found that a cluttered, dirty home contributes to stress and anxiety. Aside from the mental benefits that come with a clean and tidy home, you are also reducing your risk of coming in contact with a surface that has been contaminated with infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.  Ok, that sounds great. Where do I start?  When it comes to decluttering your home, you are going to want to follow a few simple steps:  Set Goals – create a plan that will help you reduce frustrations as you go.Create a Sorting System – create three separate piles: Keeping, Tossing, and Storing.Disposal – properly dispose of the clutter from your “Tossing” pile. I am ready to do this! Any other tips that I should know? Here are a few good tips to follow when Spring Cleaning: We generally only use 20 percent of the items we own 80 percent of the time. Try to focus on getting rid of anything that you don’t use 80 percent of the time.Don’t spend time worrying about the cost of something when you purchased it. The money has already been spent and is non-recoverable. Instead, think of the value you will add to your daily life while living in a clutter-free home.Ask yourself if you truly love it. If you don’t, chances are you don’t need...