Posts Tagged ‘spring cleaning’

Monday Must-Haves: Spring Cleaning Solutions

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Dusting/Cleaning E-Cloth® Glove | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopRange/Stovetop E-Cloth® | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopWith spring comes the infamous Spring Cleaning ritual. With winter receding and the freshness of spring upon us, this is a great time of year to refresh and rejuvenate our homes. To help you get started on your spring cleaning, or finish it up, today we’re featuring five must-have spring cleaning solutions and home fresheners that you can find at sturbridgeyankee.com.

Microwave Splatter Guard | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

E-Cloths® have become popular for their eco-friendliness and effectiveness. We offer two types of E-Cloths® here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. The first is one designed specifically for range/stovetop cleaning. Using just water and either the scrubbing side or finishing side, your stove will sparkle. The second is actually a glove made for dusting. The non-scratch material allows almost any surface in your home to be dusted quickly, effectively and without damage.

Filthy Mutt Dog Soap | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Often our microwave gets left behind in everyday or weekly cleaning, so here is your reminder to give your microwave a good scrub this spring (you could use the E-Cloth® above!).

After you’re finished, use a Microwave Splatter Guard on your food dishes to prevent splatter and spills from sticking to the inside of your microwave. These guards are dishwasher safe, so you will end up not having to clean anything by hand.

White Floral Shrub Linen Mist | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Something else on your list of spring cleaning to-dos is likely to get your four-legged family member clean. The Filthy Mutt Dog Soap is made right here in Maine out of natural ingredients and will get your pup clean without the use of harsh chemicals. Since it’s biodegradable, you can even wash your dog outside with this soap (although here in New England we would wait until the spontaneous snow storm and mud seasons are over).

Finish off your spring cleaning with a soothing floral scent spritzed around your home. This linen mist is made in the USA and features imagery by artist Mary Lake Thompson. It can be sprayed on linens, upholstery, pillows and other home accents to create an appealing springtime freshness – especially when your windows are open and the scent can mix with a cool, refreshing spring breeze.

Do you have any spring cleaning tips or tricks that work year after year? Share them in the comments, and happy spring cleaning!

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Thursday’s Theme: Kitchen Decor

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

CC Image Courtesy of Chalon Handmade on FlickrSo you’ve made it through a renovation or have spring cleaned almost your entire house. What’s left? Your kitchen. For many, this is a gathering place and most obviously a place to make delicious meals. For others, the kitchen may not be used quite as often, but still needs to look its best. In order to achieve this, we have put together some accessory suggestions – both functional and decorative – for you to add to your kitchen decor.

StorageStar Mug Rack
Probably on the top of your kitchen needs list, storage can come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. You don’t need a large kitchen to have enough storage space; you just need to understand how to use the space you have (and even if you do have a large kitchen, sometimes it still doesn’t feel like you have enough storage anyway). So look to your walls and counter tops: store your pots and pans on a hanging rack rather than in a cupboard. Hang and display some of your favorite mugs on a mug rack, which will in turn give you a little more cupboard space. Use a personalized cookie jar, or one that matches your personality or kitchen design, and this will cut back on your use of plastic containers which, let’s be honest, you hate digging through to find a matching dish and cover anyway.

Personalized Cookie JarAnother way to maximize storage is to go through your things and get rid of utensils, dishes, or other kitchenware that you really don’t use, and either donating them or storing them in your garage for when your child or grandchild moves into his or her first apartment.

Glass Rooster Canisters

Glassware
Vases and glass dishes not only look great with almost anything inside, they are also very functional! Use decorative glass canisters to store oatmeal, cereal, or other foods that can be easily scooped out. Take this as an opportunity to get acquainted with glass jars – like classic Mason jarsin your decorating, and to find ways to incorporate them into your personal storage and meal times. And, for a little more style, think about updating smaller items in your kitchen, like salt and pepper shakers or a utensil holder, to better fit your kitchen’s design in a simple way (goodbye, plastic salt and pepper shakers!)

Accessories
And for one of our favorite decor categories: functional accessories! If you already use glassware to store your sugar, flour, and other items, think about creatively labeling those containers. You can create your own design, or find printable decals like these ones on The Painted Hive. You won’t have to look twice at the container to decipher its contents, and you’ll be bringing a little more style to your pantry.

Recipe Book Tablet HolderFor cooking, you have probably already picked out your favorite bakeware and appliances, but to help you during the cooking or baking process, we recommend using something that will hold your recipe in place and in view. Whether you choose to use something simple like a decorated clothespin to keep your page in a cookbook, or would rather stand up a tablet holder to read your recipe digitally, a recipe holder is definitely a good investment.Bird Mugs

Finally, have a little fun with your cups, plates, or utensils. Purchase some decorative mugs and display them on a mug rack, or in that space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling. Keep a decorative bowl on your kitchen island to draw attention, and to keep fruit inside. Or, play around with specialty eating utensils, whether you display them on a counter or arrange them in a drawer. You’ll add instant style, and you’ll always have extra mugs, dishes, and utensils to use if necessary.

How have you decorated, your kitchen? Did you find our tips helpful? Let us know, and share other tips you’ve found helpful; we would love to hear from you!

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April Gardening: Where to Start

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

English Garden PotWith spring in the air, the garden calls. For some people, pre-spring gardening started in February when they planted trays of seeds indoors. For those of us who had to get to the pollen allergy stage of spring to decide to do something, it’s overwhelming when we finally get out there. It can be hard to know where to start.

Luckily, the vegetable patch can still wait a week or two, provided we go with nursery stock instead of seeds. First priority is to clean up the winter debris from our yards and nip those early weeds in the roots. Weeding and cleaning may sound like a chore, but consider that the results are immediately visible and satisfying. Research has found that certain bacteria in the soil actually act as a mood enhancer. Gardening lifts your spirits and boosts your immune system.

While you’re in high-spirits and spring-cleaning mode, now’s a good time to sharpen your tools. Once that’s accomplished, take some time to amend the soil in your vegetable patch and get it ready for those seedlings.

April’s a good time to divide any perennials. While it’s all right to cut back any dead stalks we might have missed last fall, resist the temptation to prune hedges and bushes until the leaves have started to come in. That way you don’t get several months of dead patches. Remember not to prune flowering bushes until after they’re finished with their display for the year.

Finally, take a few minutes to clean up your deck or patio. Paint or seal any wood and then bring out the patio furniture. After all what’s having a garden if you can’t sit out and enjoy it after a day’s work?

Garden ToteFrog Hose Holder

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