Category Archives: Spring

Our Hoover Powerscrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

We previously purchased a Bissel deep cleaning unit, and although it did the job, we needed something better that got deeper into the carpet. We have the original carpets still in our home from moving in, and they needed some TLC until we replace them. We are replacing some carpet with flooring, but we are planning to keep the upstairs carpeted, so we thought it was smart to keep one on hand.

 

Besides having the original carpet in our home, we not only love hosting people in our home, but we have 2 adorable shihtzus. So everything combined makes for daily wear & tear on our carpets. Once our Bissel took a dump, we kinda just brushed it off and didn’t do anything about it. Well it was time to get another, we did some research and so Peter and I went with the Hoover! Although we have not used it more than just a few times (so we can’t give a full review on it), the few times we have used it we have been very pleased.

Here are some highlights:

  • Lightweight
  • Automatic Detergent Mixing system- Provides the correct mixture of cleaning product and water to ensure better outcome
  • Wash/Rinse selector
  • Dual Tank system – This separates clean and dirty water so you can easily fill, empty and rinse
  • Carpets dry fast
  • Exclusive spin scrub technology
  • Cleans more than just your floor!

Tools included:

  • Spin scrub hand tool – Having rotating brushes it helps to provide the scrubbing action that some spots may need to remove those hard stains.
  • Accessory Hose – Attaches to the cleaner to allow more extension for cleaning.
  • Stair tool – 2 built in rows of brushes to help provide getting in those creases and small areas on your stairs.
  • Upholstery tool – Made specifically for your furniture, brushes are soft and piece is plastic to ensure no damage to the material.
  • Crevice tool – Great for around those baseboards and hard reaching areas.
  • Mesh Tool Storage Bag

Please see this link which will not only show you the product, but also look at the manufacture’s instruction booklet.

So you ask, why did you go specifically go with this product? Let me share.

Before purchasing another carpet cleaner there were specific things we were looking for. Such as: price point, lightweight, tools that come with it, a deep cleaning focus, something that will not leave our carpets soaking wet (like the previous product we had) and the durability of the cleaner. And so far this deep cleaning carpet cleaner has met those needs!

 

Thank you for reading!

 

A look at my weekly cleaning routine vs my deep spring cleaning fling

I’m going to share with you a simple weekly cleaning routine that will help you say on top of housework. My simple cleaning routine consists of setting one day a week aside that I tackle the more involved cleaning, then I tackle the rest within 30 minutes each day with no problem!

AND… then my deep spring cleaning routine that jump starts my Spring and Summer! Who doesn’t want to start out their spring and summer with a squeaky clean house?! Cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated, and can even be enjoyed.


Here’s what I do on a day to day basis:

Morning Routine:

  • Make the bed
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Wipe the counters
  • Clean out the coffee maker after each use

Evening Routine:

  • Laundry when needed
  • Clean up after dinner
  • Load and run the dishwasher
  • Vacuum/sweep if needed
  • Sort mail received that day

More involved cleaning I tackle in one day during the week:

  • Sweep, vacuum and mop floors
  • Dust
  • Windexing (windows, mirrors, and appliances)
  • Bathrooms
  • Gathering hand towels, dishcloths, towels, bedding and put through the laundry

DEEP CLEANING checklist:

  1. Wash baseboards, door ceilings, window sills, doors and walls
  2. Vacuum and wash vents
  3. Wash window treatments (drapes etc.)
  4. Dust blinds
  5. Wash windows inside and out
  6. Dust overhead lights- replace burnt out light bulbs
  7. Dust and/or vacuum light fixtures and lamp shades
  8. Pull out your appliances and clean behind
  9. Clean refrigerator (I clean way more than once a year)
  10. Cleaning and reorganizing Kitchen cabinets
  11. Wash all throw pillows and blankets
  12. Wash/replace shower liners (these get nasty quick)
  13. Flip mattress
  14. Purge anything you haven’t used in so long, or no longer need
  15. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  16. Moving furniture and cleaning behind, and under cushions

 

Remember your routine needs to work for you, don’t let it not work because of an excuse! Keeping a clean home is important for your health, family’s health, and it pleases the Lord when you are a good steward of the things God has given to you.

Taking care of your home is taking care of yourself also!

Happy Cleaning!

 

A couple simple ways to freshen your home for spring!

Getting you home ready for springtime should not have to feel like a chore, and definitely should not break the bank either. Here I have a couple simple ways to freshen up for home for spring. Just take away an idea or two to use yourself to help fill that craving for Spring we are all having right now!

These simple ideas for freshening up your house for Spring are meant to help make your space brighter, leave you with a big smile, and help to reduce any stress you are currently feeling. The tips I am sharing here are super easy to implement and quick, because no one wants to spend a ton of time, stuck, focusing on one small space.

1.   Start with a clean slate

Clean everything! Clean out all the dirt that winter left behind. Scrub the floors, dust and wash the windows and shades/blinds to let the sun shine through. Don’t forget behind the appliances and your furniture! Unclutter shelving, cabinets, tables and counter tops. Instantly you will feel so much better!

2.   Organize before you decorate

Get winter out of the way! Organize your closet to spring and summer clothing and shoes, and gather your gardening things too! Reorganizing will give you a whole new outlook for spring.

3. Fill a vase with some fresh blooms.

4. Hang a spring wreath on your front door.

5. Toss a spring pillow onto your couch and/or bed.

6. Change out an art piece/picture.

7. Use fresh or faux greens throughout your home.

8. Replace your hand towels.

9.   Lighten up your outdoor space.

10.   Switch out your doormat.

 

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As stated before, these are simple things, but can really add color and life to your home. It’s not all about needing something new and better, but choosing to re-purpose and re-organize what  you already have. The great thing about Spring is the growth and life waking from the dead of winter, so enjoy and celebrate that! Bring that beautiful green into your home, making it as gorgeous as your outdoor space!

Happy Spring!!

A $10 yardsale find!

I am so excited to share with you my $10 yard sale find! Spontaneously, I woke up, nudged my hubby and said “let’s go yard sailing!”, and so we did! I feel like when we go at unplanned times, is when we always find the goodies, and that’s totally ok!  

As soon as I spotted this cabinet, I knew it had to come home with us! It’s the perfect size, it’s MINT (mint is my all time FAV color!!!), and I love the rustic feel of this cabinet! Right before we purchased it, my husband turns and says, “Britt, do you know where you’re even putting this?”

“NOPE! But I will find a spot” (with a big smile on my face). AND, sure enough, after we got home, while I was putting some things away, I instantly thought of the perfect spot! After the cabinet was cleaned thoroughly, I placed it up in the hallway and it was meant to be! Not too big, and not too small for the space. I love the pop it gives against our “agreeable gray” wall color, and how the frames (that were already there) above add to the feel of the cabinet, it just all flows so well together! 🙂

Before/After

We did have to move the frames a tad bit higher so that the basket wouldn’t get in the way of the lower picture…. But that was an easy fix!

Not the biggest deal, but I am trying to decide if I should paint the inside or get creative with some wallpaper?? I honestly am leaning towards not painting it, and I say that because how it is now, it just gives it so much character and so such feeling. I think painting it will take away the rustic/chippy from it, I for sure don’t want that! BUT I may wallpaper it, I will update you on that in the near future! There’s something about keeping at least one piece of furniture original and being ok with a lot of marking/wear&tear to add to the farmhouse style.  That being said……..

You know how after you place something in it’s spot and you just absolutely love it right away… and have such a good feeling about the space??? That’s what I am trying to explain, and I hope you can kinda feel that as you read this post.

On a side note…. I encourage you to go check out some nearby yard sales, and find something fun to add in your home! If you do find something cool, please share with me! I plan to do more yard sailing this year:)