Have you uttered the words yet? SPRING CLEANING! Yes, the time is here to get out your scrubbing gloves and a little elbow grease to get your home shipshape. The task doesn't have to be overwhelming if you pace yourself and break the jobs into manageable-size pieces. I think you'll find many useful tips in this newsletter to help you accomplish the task. Happy cleaning!
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|From the Blog
Have you visited us lately over at Econobusters? See what we've been discussing:
- Does organizing come easy to you? See what I have to say about my top organizing tips.
- Midge made a new resolution--can you guess what it is? Check this out and see how she challenged me!
- Did you hear about our giveaway? Three lucky winners each won a 3-month membership to Molly Green Magazine. Don't be left out, if you're not already a member come on over and see what all the fun is about!
Spring Cleaning Support
Getting overwhelmed by big tasks is easy to do. See what the folks over at How To Clean Anything have to say about breaking down spring cleaning jobs.
Opening windows for that fresh spring air brings more dust into our homes and the increased sunshine shows us exactly where it lands. DIY life
breaks it down in this room-by-room guide on how to dust.
A long, harsh winter can really take a toll on the exterior of your home or other outbuildings. Familyhandyman.com will tell you everything there is to know about exterior painting techniques.
Has your bathroom seen better days? About.com will help get your bathroom back into shape with a spring cleaning how-to guide.
After all your spring cleaning chores are done, why not treat yourself to a sweet treat? This easy-to-make lemony cheesecake recipe is sure to brighten your day!
1 package cream cheese
1 can sweetened, condensed milk
⅓ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Small graham cracker crust
Soften cream cheese and beat until fluffy. Beat in condensed milk. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract. Pour into pie crust and chill for four hours.
Note: Top with your favorite fruit if desired.
This recipe comes from my cookbook Molly Makes $5 Dinners and $3 Desserts. Get your copy today and enjoy over 80 delicious (yet frugal) recipes. Happy cooking!
|Molly Green Magazine
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A Light Heart in Dark Times
In this month's issue you'll read about ways to stay encouraged even in the midst of difficulty. You'll be able to find this issue in our store (or in your member pages, if you're a member). Take a peek to read more about:
- The basics of making tea sandwiches
- Coping with job loss
- Using coupons to prepare for emergencies
- T-shirt transformations
- Bulk cooking for beginners
And much, much more!
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|The Cleanest Windows Around|
Nothing says spring cleaning like windows. We want to get them open and enjoy the fresh, spring air, but seeing out of them is even better! Check out this tutorial on DIY tips for cleaning windows. Everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about cleaning windows is right at your fingertips. Now all you need is a little elbow grease to make your windows shine!
Empty the diaper pail, put a new bag in, make breakfast, clean the dishes, sweep up underneath the high chair, wish for a high power sprayer as I wash the high chair with a dish rag, wash the table, pick up toys, fold the laundry . . . my daily list of chores is never ending! And that was only a small part of what I had to do before lunch. My co-workers actually had the audacity to wonder out loud to me about what I would be doing all day with my free time!
I try to keep my chore grumbling down to a bare minimum. I am grateful for my daughter and the rare opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. Her sweet smile on a busy day is usually all I need to get out of my grumble funk. But sometimes I am overwhelmed by the never-ending laundry and cleaning tasks. I wish I could call out like the well dressed actress did in those old TV commercials, "Calgon, take me away!"
With all of this complaining, one would think that the mere mention of spring cleaning would send my head spinning. But, in all actuality, I look forward to it. My "chore grumbling" attitude takes a break for spring. I plan for it during the winter and love the chance to really start those long put off projects. Marathon cleaning is the only kind of cleaning that floats my boat.
This year our plans include a good washing on the inside and outside of our windows, scrubbing baseboards, cleaning under the guest bedroom bed (aka storage central), a possible bathroom remodel, and much more! I have so many plans that I am having a hard time knowing how to prioritize.
Molly, do you have any clever ideas to help my husband and I organize our spring cleaning list this year? Thanks again for your wisdom!
Midge--the Grumble Girl
Head on over to Econobusters to read Molly's reply. To hear more from Midge, check back, especially on Thursdays!