Monday, March 28, 2011

Sponsor Giveaway Day!


Jenny from SewFabulous Quilt Shop has a giveaway for one of my blog readers!  How would you like a $25 gift-certificate from her fun shop?



 You could use it to purchase this Walk in the Park Fat Quarter Bundle...


Or this Amy Butler pink and brown bundle...


Or this Luck of the Irish bundle--perfect for building up your stash fabrics in green!

I'm starting my spring cleaning today...so how about if you leave your favorite spring cleaning tip...one comment per person...and I'll choose a winner Wednesday night!  Good luck!

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**nicke... said...

my favorite tip... hire a maid! ;)

katsiaryna said...

that's a dream!!!

Tiffany said...

My spring cleaning tip - Start small and let your Spring cleaning take you all Spring if necessary! At work we break bigger projects down into smaller ones and give them all projected completion dates. That is the only way I get things done at home because otherwise I get overwhelmed and just leave the mess where it is! :)

Baskets Of Quilts said...

I always open up the windows to air out the house as soon as there is a hint of spring. I also use baking powder to clean most things in my kitchen and bathroom since I can't stand the smell of cleaners.

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Hmmmm favorite Spring cleaning trick.... position your sewing machine so that you look out the window and not the mess. ; )

Sheri Howard said...

nicke, your comment makes me smile! I turn my favorite music up REALLY loud, pour myself a tall glass of Coke, (or whatever you drink) and clean away! Thanks for the give-away! ~~Sheri

Regina said...

Music upbeat and LOUD - curtains WIDE OPEN - a bag for trash, a box for items to sell /donate, and lots and lots of swiffer dusters!!

Kristy said...

I like to try to get it all done as much as possible in as short of an amount of time as possible so that I can go outside as soon as possible.

angela said...

Rubber gloves are a must. A good, rough terrycloth rag or two. And a bucket of pine-sol with a little cup of baking soda on the side. Cleans just about everything!

James-Linda said...

FAVORITE CLEANING TIP: Large carrying basket that holds all my cleaning accessories+then take it from room to room with me!
Thanks for sharing!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

marcella said...

Don't try to do it all at once! My mom would have us do every single spring cleaning chore over a few days and we would all be pooped and crabby. Write a list, stretch it out and build in quilting breaks.

mariebeers said...

I wish that a maid could do the job, but doing it in one room at a time with a few days of sewing in between makes it easier to handle.

Katie B. said...

My tip: Get rid of stuff! I've been going through clothes, toys, etc. and giving everything we don't use to charity. It's so nice to get it out of the house!

Tracy J said...

Love the tip about hiring a maid. But if you are like me and can't afford that (and rather spend the $$ on faric!), my tip is to take one room at a time and be-boop around singing along with music playing LOUD and think about how nice it will be when it is all fresh and clean.

Miss Nancy said...

My tip is: At my age do the cleaning over time and not all at once. Leaves time to sew in between cleaning and other stuff.

Have a super great day.

Christine said...

I too vote for the maid! But what I do is take it slow. Plan on starting on one room and heck if you get more than that done great! But don't hop around!! Just one room at a time so that you feel like you've gotten something done. And loud music helps me too! :-)

Janelle said...

One room at a time, even one area at a time. I just started painting my sewing room and did half and am in the process of sorting through that half to make it more organized when I put it all back on the shelves. It's a nice feeling.

Michelle Jensen said...

It is the bright light that makes things look messy... Spring.

Helen (Mimi) said...

My favorite spring cleaning tip is to get a BIG trash can and keep it handy!!!

WoolenSails said...

LOL, I could use some tips myself, my house is a disaster. My goal is to start trashing things, if it has been sitting in the basement and not being used, we don't need it;)

My biggest tip is stick with small goals and it gets done. If you look at the mess as a whole, it gets overwhelming.

Debbie

Jodi Ingram said...

Favorite spring cleaning tip: Make it fun! Get the family involve and make it into a competition: who can get the most items checked off the list in 15 minutes. Something like that.

JayTee said...

I try to start in what I consider the area that has the MOST need of cleaning, then I feel great when I accomplish that.

Anita said...

Me too, I could definitely use a few spring cleaning tips. I think my tip (which probably isn't a tip) is don't overdue and do too much - pace yourself. Thank you for the chance win.

RenegadeQuilter said...

Spring Cleaning tip - I do my outside spring yard work 1st just to get out of the house & enjoy the weather. I then work on the inside.

Kay said...

All together we try to do the faster that we can!!

Suzan said...

Like several others, turn the music up LOUD and my "real" tip is plan your spring cleaning. Do one room completely at a time and set a goal for how many rooms you can clean within a set length of time. Every time you achieve your goal reward yourself.

Jennifer said...

Start at the top and work your way down.

Alisa said...

If nothing else gets done, I love having clean windows and screens. Spring cleaning for me is usually done over a long period of time and I like to really get rid of stuff that is no longer used. I hate clutter. Good luck!

Ann said...

I enjoy opening all the shutters for lots of light - a spring scented candle - a bin for donating and a bin for garbage - and soft music. A tip from my sweet sister in law - at the beginning of the year or seasong - hand all clothes/hangers facing one direction. When you wear them place them the opposite direction. At the end of the year or season grab everything that was facing the way you started. If you didn't wear it through the season or year chances are you won't ever wear it again. This takes out the decision making.

Staci said...

I know I'm probably in the minority here (well, not probably, I am sure I am the crazy one here), but I actually like spring cleaning. I love everything being fresh and tidy and organized. My best tip is to start in one corner of the room and work your way around until you are back at the starting point. Then do whatever you need to do to finish up, like washing base boards and fingerprints off the walls, give everything a last sweep with the duster and vacuum and stand back and admire your handiwork. My second tip, don't bite off more than you can chew! Look at your time constraints and pick a job that will fit in it. Nothing more discouraging than making a huge cleaning mess and not being able to get back to it for several days!
Thanks for the giveaway!

berylthepearl said...

I LOVE Spring cleaning! I love the end result! But, I wait until I really really feel like doing it! It has to be a sunny, warm day and then it is enjoyable.

Mimi said...

My tip is simple - purge the unnecessary. If you haven't used it in the last year, or the years before that, you probably won't ever!

jennifer said...

Turn of the computer:)

Debra said...

My favorite cleaning product is Simple Green. It can be used for most things and is non-toxic so I can feel good about using it. Since it's sold as a concentrate, it is far cheaper than most newer "green" cleaners. My other tip is to cut up an old flannel sheet and use it for cleaning cloths. They are soft, work well, and can be washed and reused!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My cleaning tip is to do A room at a time throughout the year (or throughout every six months) so it doesn't all need to be done at once. Yes, I'd love a gift certificate from Sew Fabulous. Thanks Jenny for the chance!

Kristy said...

Start with something fun in mind to inspire the cleaning first! That will help maintain momentum throughout the process. For me it is usually something simple like making new curtains for a room...then it looks so nice you HAVE to get that mess hanging out of the closet or from under the bed straightened up too! :) And as you rearrange and organize you can purge all that stuff that needs to be donated. Simple is always better imo!

Thanks for the fun and happy cleaning!

sarahbethe said...

My spring cleaning tip...take a day off of work with the excuse of cleaning. Then spend the day quilting. At the end of the day, use the last five minutes to come up with an excuse as to why the house doesn't look much cleaner!

Tiffaney said...

We pick a time when everybody is home, turn the music up and everybody pitches in.

Vicki said...

I'm not a good person to ask for cleaning tips... I did just sign up for myjobchart.com this weekend and my kids are willingly doing more jobs so I guess that's one suggestion. Thanks for the giveaway!

momma said...

Music that makes you dance, lots of coffee, and a girlfriend, you have to reciprocate, but a friend will be more ruthless with your clutter than you will be, and you'll get to hang out and laugh too.

BJ said...

If you are a mom --
1.Post list of To Do items. Assign each child to a task (or 3) that must be done BEFORE they get to go hang out with their friends.
2. Reserve your day at the Spa
3. Last but NOT least -- get a box of your favorite chocolates and enjoy! (You'll need them to help your mood when the kids gripe about all the "work" they have to do).
[Confession - I didn't do (all of) this myself, but it does sound like a good idea.]

Stina said...

Ohhh... please sign me up...
NEW fabrics are a good way to have a reason to spring clean... dont you think...LOL...
At least in the sewing room.... :o))

Karen said...

Tackle small areas at a time and take lots of breaks!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Ket06e(at)gmail(dot)com

Hayley said...

My tip, from a bride to be, both you and your hubby, just biting the bullet and just doing it! I know I have a hard time keeping focused while cleaning, because I don't want to. But having hubby, or in my case hubby to be, or your family there with you makes the cleaning less like cleaning and more like a treasure hunt with the treasure being a house being ready to usher in spring!

Jane said...

Spring cleaning. Take it one room at a time. Start at the top & clean your way down.

Suzanne said...

My Spring cleaning tip: I do all of one thing thru out the house before moving onto another project, like...I clean all the inside of the windows then I might wash down all the inside of the doors...

fancystitching said...

Clean a LITTLE, reward yourself with a LONG sewing break. Clean a LITTLE.... reward yourself. Doing it this way you never really finish, but that is OK because you have lots of quilts to show for it.
Kat

Lindsay Conner said...

Spring cleaning tip: Take it one room or section at a time, and try not to be overwhelmed... or take too many crafting breaks!

Mikelle said...

I take one room at a time, one day at a time. Make piles as you go trash, Goodwill, etc.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Mr Clean magic Erasers!! Don't clean a home without them :)

Rachel said...

How would I like a $25 gift certificate? Yes please! :)

My spring cleaning tip: start at the top and work down! I will start cleaning when spring actually arrives haha. Still snowy in Alberta!

TaraB said...

My Spring cleaning tip is - do it in the fall!

Just kidding, do a little at a time so you aren't overwhelmed!!

Sallie said...

Open the windows to ventilate. Thanks for the chance.

Mary said...

For spring cleaning, the first thing I do is take down the quilts I have hanging over windows to keep out the winter cold (old house). When I take them down, it also lets in more light - instant spring besides making things look fresher.

Kim said...

We don't really need to do much in the Spring time since we clean and weed out our stuff often.

Jeanie said...

I started some of my spring yard clean up this morning. I have an outdoor grabber that I use to pick up trash from the yard and I also wear a simple back brace. I'm prone to overdue things and my back is my weak spot. Take breaks and walk away when you start to fatique.

Nicole L. Tate said...

Spring cleaning is a pain!... I always start with my closet since that's where the clutter tends to build! I and actually wrote a couple of blogs about it. I actually work for a home storage solution company... which as really helped me! Thanks for the post!

Melissa said...

I'm a Flylady girl, so if a project looks overwhelming, do 15 minutes in each place, then break for 15-30 minutes and start over again. It get's the job done! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kay said...

We're supposed to spring clean our fabric? I try to reorganize my fabric a few times a year & weed it out, but I don't have a set time for doing this.

Talin's Corner said...

I try to do a little a day so that it is not overwhelming. I start by making or replacing my sachets in closets and drawers. The next day, I dust off or wash the curtains/drapes. Then, I just wipe all of the baseboards. Next, I clean all the window sills. Then, i clean the windows. Since this is such a large project, it takes me several days to get to all of them. Then I clean the doors. And then I relax...

Peach Rainbow said...

Take baby steps and do not aim for perfection!

Diana / QF Quiltbuffy said...

My tip: Start with a small thing that you ever want to make and then go to the next one....
set a time for the cleaning

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

My tip ~ tackle one room or closet at a time, and don't move on until that one's done. And putting on some music helps too :)
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jamie Mueller @ SunFlower Seeds said...

Have Clorox wipes ready to go!! I love them and they work on everything!! THanks for the giveaway!

Cindy said...

I've been doing just a room a day so it doesn't cut into too much of my sewing time. If you get a chance read Carrie's comment about Spring cleaning here: http://hyacinthquiltdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/03/happy-spring.html
It's right after yours and it's a riot as usual. Thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous fabrics!

Jen said...

What great tips! I definetly get some help from my husband! Spring cleaning for me is more about organizing and decluttering. I do all my hard cleaning in little bursts throughtout the week. Thanks for the great giveaway!

...julia... said...

Turn the music up, open the windows and rock out while cleaning like s mad woman! :)

jednoiglec said...

My favourite cleaning tip? I don't have such one, because I hate cleaning!
But I do obey some rules while making order in my stash - the most important is: pull from the closet only such amount of fabrics, which you are able to sort within 1 hour (it always take more time to sort it, but this way I'm not exhausted and discouraged after cleaning).

The One and Only said...

a tip that I use is crank up the radio to a great station and become a finalist on AI while cleaning....

Katherine said...

I really hate cleaning...but my favorite spring cleaning tip is taking my curtains down and throwing them in the wash. While they are washing I clean the inside of the windows, while they are drying I clean the outside. My solution is 2 gallons very hot water, 1/2 cup liquid dishwasher detergent, 1/4 dishwasher rinse agent. Use a mop and scrub your outside windows, then hose off from the bottom up. Just rinse once, and let them dry. (works best on a calm slightly overcast day!)

CJ said...

Flylady. 15 minutes at a time. One room at a time.

Gretchen said...

Spring cleaning tip: Reward yourself often! Even before you start cleaning. Then do one small bit at a time so you don't get overwhelmed. One drawer or one quarter of a room at a time.

Denise in PA said...

Leftover batting - and a swiffer. GREAT for dusting the floors, walls, etc. And I feel good about using the leftovers! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Emily said...

I get the kids involved and make it fun, like a contest! Then we do one room at a time. That way it isn't an overwhelming task.

Radmall said...

Vinegar (diluted, naturally). It's the source. Floors, windows. It's fabulous even on hard wood.

Anonymous said...

I love Magic Erasers - they work great at cleaning just about anything.

Amy
amy(dash)elisabeth(at)hotmail(dot)com

Karen said...

Take one room at a time (it sounds good in theory - LOL)!!

Maxwells said...

I throw away anything I haven't used or worn in a year. Windows open and music going help. Oh I can't wait for it to be warm enough to open the windows. Even if it does mean some heavy duty cleaning.

Cheryl said...

I rearrange my closet so the sweaters are in the back and the cheery spring clothes are front and center. Thoughts of warm, sunny days will usually inspire me to tackle cleaning and organization projects.

Pia said...

Wait untill a day you're in the mood for cleaning and then open the windows so the dust can fly out and the fresh air come in.

Stephanie said...

I always turn up my music and dance around as I clean...Your neighbor may think you are nuts but you get a clean house and a work out all in one!! Plus it makes it fun!

Melissa said...

To prepare for a big day of cleaning, put something in the crock pot or plan to go out to dinner. It's great to smell dinner cooking while you clean and I hate messing up the kitchen after a full day of spring cleaning.

I liked the "turn off the computer" comment!

Mari Carmen, (Onox) said...

Es estupendo poder abrir nuestras ventanas y comenzar a colocar las cositas de primavera que adornan y lucen y hacen nuestro hogar más alegre y florido. Un saludo

Bolo heads said...

I say tackel one room at a time. after a week it is all done.
I really want to win so please pick me. Pretty please with a cheery on top.

Donna said...

At the end of the work week, tackle just one job for Saturday, one more for Sunday. You need down time on your weekend.

Pepe said...

Amt Butler!

Mom of 3 said...

Spring cleaning tip: Get the kids and husband out of the house for a weekend....if not you'll feel like nothing was accomplished!

Ann Marie said...

Take it one step at a time, have a huge trash can very near by, so you can throw things in it without having to bed over a pick up a bag to put it into. If you know you have lots of stuff to giveaway, find a box, instead of a bag. Saves a lot of time, and stress on your back from bending over and over again. If you do just 15 minutes a day, the whole house will be done before you know it.

Leigh said...

Take advantage of SUNSHINE! Maybe it's just me living in the frozen tundra, but when the sun is shining I get SO much more done if I open all the shades and curtains and let in as much sunlight as possible- Open the doors and windows too, if it's anywhere near warm enough!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Hire it done or beg your DH to clean for you....grin.

Cassandra {Sleeping or Sewing} said...

Oh! I love buying fabric....even more fun with a gift certificate.

Becky said...

Spring cleaning? What is that?! My tip is not to do it! my motto is "less cleaning, more sewing"

Kasey said...

My favorite tip is to con, I mean convince someone else to help. I'm hoping oatmeal bars will help motivate my husband and me to get some cleaning done later this week! We'll see. The baking dish might end up the only thing being cleaned out!

Nadilah Sungkar Magee said...

Spring cleaning? I did that everyday, 3 boys and one girl, all under 12...

DebrafromMD said...

Spring is too wonderful to spend cleaning. I do my deep cleaning in the Fall so that everything is go to go right before the holiday season. My tip is to delay it for 6 months.

Nicole said...

For this year's spring cleaning, I plan on tackling one closet at a time. If I haven't used it or looked at it in a year, out it goes. It's amazing how much stuff accumulates over the course of a year!

Stormy Days said...

I like to start with the places you don't see, like closets. There is something about having those places straight and clean that flows into the actual living spaces.

Laura K said...

I do my spring cleaning one room at a time. Sometimes I only get one drawer done in a day but I slowly work from room to room until I can stand my house again. I hope that helps.

Alicia said...

My tip is to start with your least favorite project. Having it done will give you encouragement to keep working!

Mommarock said...

I am starting my cleaning chores again today too. I have left them go for too long.. quilting became my EVERYTHING.. and I let EVERYTHING else go. SO, back to my cleaning cards. I have every cleaning chore on an index card in a chore box (that way perhaps I can assign some chores for others), but some chores say daily, some say weekly, others monthly and yearly. I have them in a sort of cute index box.. and inside I keep tabs with the days of the month so I can move the cards to the correct day of the month. Daily cards move to the next day.. weekly cards move to the next week, and are divided up at the beginning of the week as my week will allow them to be done amidst other appointments.

KaHolly said...

I tackle spring cleaning the same way I do regular housework. Sew a little, clean a little, sew a little, clean a little.

nancym said...

My tip is to wait until there's something else you really don't want to do, and then the cleaning will seem like a good idea! Works for me... mangelnsm at aol dot com

Patti said...

What a dream winning would be. Thank you so much.

Andrea said...

I don't know if this is a spring cleaning tip, but a friend told me that if she starts a craft project, buys all the supplies and instructions, etc. then gets halfway through and decides she doesn't like it or doesn't have enough time, she bags it all up along with instructions on how to finish it and donates it. Then, someone who DOES like it can have it! I thought that was a great idea. No guilt over unfinished projects.

kmcconachie said...

I have 2 tips for cleaning in my house:
1) Banish the dog, either outside if it's a nice day or to the groomer or petsitter. Nothing is more frustrating to me than dusting everything and then having that floppy tail stir it all around again before I can vacuum.
2) REWARD, REWARD, REWARD! After each "section" of the house gets done, I reward myself by either working on my piecing in the sewing room for an hour or doing another pass or two on the long arm before going back to cleaning. What better way to get off your feet and take a break. Of course, when it's all done comes the ultimate reward - a trip to my LQS!

Judy said...

My tip, turn on some upbeat music, LOUD, and dance around your work! Makes the job more fun!
(Second, when you spouse retires, have him clean)!!

Janet said...

A room a day and an audio book. I have to bribe myself to clean. If I don't have an audio book on hand I use my ipod and listen to music or Pat Sloan's post cast.

Deb said...

I spend as little time doing spring cleaning as possible, mainly outside work to be ready for yardwork. Spend more time sewing!

Deanna said...

The number one priority each spring in our house is the children's rooms, and they each get a whole day. I usually do my sewing space as a Holiday Clean and the rest of the house is a little hit and miss, but I hope to do better this year. It is just hard to be inside when the outside is calling.

Thanks for the giveaway chance.

Anonymous said...

My spring cleaning tip - hire help!

tba247(at)hotmail(dot)com

Michele said...

my tip is to listen to audiobooks...sometimes I'll keep cleaning or exercising just so I can listen a bit longer. Thanks for the chance to win!

Cheryl said...

My spring cleaning tip is start little and work up to the big jobs. If it doesn't look too bad, walk away!! That gives us more sewing time.
ctrau48@gmail.com

Petit Design Co. said...

Hire a maid! ha ha :)

I like to purge all the outgrown winter clothes before I pack them away so I don't have to deal with it in the winter

Terra said...

my favorite cleaning tip!
turn on some Frank Sinatra music! That always gets me in a good cleaning mood! :)

Carol said...

Nice fabrics to choose from. I don't really have spring cleaning tips as it pretty much feels like spring most of the time here. I do need to get out our big ladder and clean the ceiling fans to get ready for the warmer weather.

cakegirl said...

What a generous, wonderful giveaway. My favorite spring cleaning tip is to have your husband do it.

krisgray said...

Tackle only one room per day. Have your favorite music playing and a big water bottle with you.

Heartsdesire said...

I hate spring cleaning, fall cleaning. Actually all kinds of cleaning. I occasionally use the dust buster to vacuum the floor in my sewing room. Otherwise, call a cleaning service. It's well worth the money. Gives you more time to quilt.

Jan said...

My tip is don't do it. Do it regularly, all year round, then there's no Spring Cleaning.

Colleen said...

I like the hire a maid tip. I think the best tip is not to let it go toil spring but do little bits all year.

Caroline @ Atelier Caroline said...

My spring cleaning involves a basket/small plastic tote and 2 bags plus 2 other baskets if you have stairs
1 bag for donations
1 bag for trash
1 basket for "relocate"
the other baskets are for items in transitions between floors: instead of running up and down the stairs each time something is in the wrong place, hop in the basket and everything up or down in one trip

Deb said...

My spring cleaning includes our country front porch. I sweep away all the cobwebs and put a quilt out on the porch swing, decorate with red geraniums, and position a birdhouse by the rocking chair. It gets me in the mood for the real cleaning inside!

Annie said...

I air everything out on the warmer days - turn off the heat and open up all the windows. I have not do that much this spring as winter seems to be holding on.

Lee said...

Asign jobs to everyone!
I usually call it "do one extra thing a day" and it gets it done.
Thanks!

Peaceful Piecer said...

Spring is a great time to hire someone to clean your windows.

epban said...

If you can't get someone else to do it, take it one room at a time and put on some good rock and roll!

Jessica said...

Take out all of your junk... get rid of half of it. Then, look at the other half and split that in half according to what you need! Then, you are only left with 1/4 of what you had :) This works best with pack rats like myself. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

Sherryl said...

I'm with Nicke! Maid service! Seriously though my spring cleaning is less about cleaning and more about uncluttering. Pick a stack of stuff (usually in my sewing room or kitchen) and either toss it or share it or... find a place for it!
sunshdws@yahoo.com

Tammy said...

My tip...get those windows cleaned! Makes all the difference in the world...of course I dont do windows but am blessed enough to have a husband that does a great job with windows!

Jenny said...

if in doubt, throw it out!

Digna said...

Don't do by yourself if someone can do it for you. This is my tip for cleaning if I want to sew.

digna_j@yahoo.es
http://elmondolivia.blogspot.com/

robin said...

Spring cleaning tip: Don't try to do the whole house at once. Concentrate on one room, and clean it top to bottom. The awesome results in that space will inspire you to do the next room!

Brita said...

Spring cleaning. Hm. Let me try that again. Spring cleaning? That sounds a lot like Fall cleaning. Which I don't do either.

Carla said...

Making a To DO list with a time table, helps keep me on track.

syocom said...

When you start to fell you haven't made much progress make the bed. I've always found it helps.

Monique said...

Spring Cleaning at our house is more about decluttering than actual scrubbing. I start in one room per week and go thru all the closets, drawers and shelves - getting rid of unwanted, old, broken or not needed items. Every shelf and cubby gets wiped down and all the dust bunnies eliminated.

It keeps the clutter to a minimum, which is a big task with two little ones!

Becky said...

Oh heavens, I gave up cleaning for lent:) Garbage bags are a big help in sorting my clutter. One for Goodwill, one for neighborhood garage sale and one for the actual garbage can:)

Have a great week!

Stray Stitches said...

My favorite spring cleaning tip is to ignore the dirt and enjoy some sewing with beautiful spring fabrics!

Linda said...

Start with what shows first.

Kathy McDonald said...

Break it down into manageable tasks, and then reward yourself with working on a fun project after the completion of each task.

Anonymous said...

Spring, can't wait!!! Cleaning - that can wait!!! Who really sees it anyway - go out and enjoy the sunshine and until then stay in and sew, sew, sew! Barbara

Ruth said...

This year I'd like to look into a window cleaning service!

mamabug said...

Spring cleaning is a must and if you can get hubby to do the hard stuff, windows and floors it helps a ton!!! k.bugbee@att.net

Sandy said...

The smell of Murphy's Oil Soap and the windows open make for a great Spring cleaning moment!

MollyP said...

Jenny at Sew Fabulous is great! I love reading her blog, too. My tip is to clean top to bottom, one room at a time. It's such a sense of accomplishment and revs you up to tackle the next room.

JusticeBlog said...

Start with the closets and work out...if i don't, then i end up just stuffing everything in closets and drawers, which really just makes my life harder in the long run.

Needled Mom said...

Love them all, but especially the greens!!!

Fvorite tip is a mixture of 1/3 rubbing alcohol, 1/3 water and 1/3 non sudsing ammonia in a spray bottle. It cleans everything - glass, stovetop, carpets, walls, etc. I've used it for years and love it.

Sandy said...

I give myself incentives to get things done. I bribe myself by saying that if I finish cleaning this room or that room the rest of the day is mine to sew. Good luck with the cleaning and thanks for the opportunity to win.=)

Kristyne said...

Invite my mom over for a visit ... :)

Deborah in Atlanta said...

I put the music on and tackle one room at a time. If I ever leave a room, I get caught up working on something in another room, and before I know it, the entire house is all torn apart. So I stay in that one room. Well, if truth be known, I TRY to stay in that one room. I use the snooze button on the alarm clock so once I've cleaned for an hour, I take a much-needed break for 10 minutes. Then after 10 minutes, I work for another hour.

Kirsten said...

I generally adhere to the rule: when in doubt, throw it out. :)

kirsten_13@hotmail.com

Judy said...

Share the work load with the family! It's their mess, dirt and dust as much as it is mine! lol

Christine M said...

Get someone in to clean for you! lol (I wish!). I try to go one room at a time, although sometimes I get side tracked and start another room!

Dorian said...

I don't like the chemical smell of most cleaners. So I go simple, and use plain vinegar in my cleaning water. Gives things a good clean, without the harsh chemicals. Thanks for a chance at winning.

Briawna said...

Hhmmm, spring cleaning. I think my favorite tip is from Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms. In her new book, Simplify, she said to de-clutter something every day. Spend 15 minutes and do it. I love that. I can handle 15 minutes of cleaning. :-) Thanks for the chance to win fun stuff!

Pam said...

I hate-hate-hate to clean. My husband hired a lady to clean for us twice a month. That's my tip. Hire someone who likes to clean!

Gali said...

One woman's trash is another's treasure... give away stuff or sell it.
:)
katz.gali(at)gmail.com

Nancy said...

When I spring clean I love to have my windows open so that the air is clean and fresh too! Thanks for the giveaway.

paulette said...

You buy one of those sponges on a handle (the Handle is hollow so you can put soap in it...you buy these at the dollar store.) Fill it with Vinegar and water (half and half) and keep it in your shower. Just before you get out after your shower you give the glass doors a quick once over. You never get scum build up on your doors...and vinegar can't harm you and won't harm the environment.
Thanks for the chance to win!!
Paulette

quilary said...

Do a room at a time, then you see great results for your effort straight away.

Sel's Quilting Blog said...

Play music as you clean! Bright and boppy is my preference - and something I can sing to is a must!

"Build Me Up Buttercup" is always a keeper!

Karol said...

Start early in the morning & do one room per day. Also, buy a large jug of vinegar, because you can clean most hard surfaces with vinegar and water. Then spend the rest of the afternoon on your favorite quilting project.

Lynnae said...

The spring cleaning tip that works for me is to take one room a day and go through it with a fine tooth comb...that way I am not too overwhelmed am able to complete everything.

Kara said...

No second thoughts. If I think I can get rid of it, out of my sight or I might change my mind. And no DI piles sitting around for years, otherwise I end up taking things back out. Yikes!

sue said...

I guess my best tip would be when washing windows outside, use a squeegee wiper to wipe them. Boy, is that how you spell it?

Debbie said...

For washing the outside of windows I have used the Windex kit with a pre-treated pad that you wet and rub across your wet window. Then rinse with water from your hose. It works fabulous at my house. I have a three story house and a long pole for painting that the Windex kit pad holder screws onto...it works so great. I wish it were that easy to wash the inside windows.

Chris said...

What a lovely give-away! It looks like Spring (now I wish it felt like it).

Kathy H said...

My tip is to work in 1 room at a time and completely finish it before heading on to another.

Mama Pea said...

Spring cleaning tip? Hmmmm....that's hard, because I try to avoid it at all costs. I guess I'd have to say....wow. I really don't have one! I'm so sorry. Does that mean I'm really bad at housecleaning? Can I still be in the contest? :-)

Lisa Marie said...

Convince your family that spring cleaning is overrated. It just gets dirty again. Now cutting up fabric and sewing it back together, that's useful!

Tam said...

Make a detailed list of everything you want to clean and set up a practical schedule for getting it done.

Pat said...

My favorite tip is delegate!

Debra said...

My favorite spring cleaning tip is if you haven't touched it in the last year, you really don't need it in your life. Thanks for the chance!

Belinda said...

Hmmm, I try to keep things clean all year long, but I tend to want to purge unnecessary items in the Spring and Fall usually. Less clutter means easier cleaning! And I'd rather be "cleaning" the yard in Spring than inside working in the house. :)

Katy said...

Purge all the STUFF that's accumulated throughout the winter! Plus the warmer weather makes my attic crawlspaces more bearable so I usually utilize that space more, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tiffany said...

I just did my spring cleaning last week and to tell the truth - I sent the husband out skiing so I could get it done myself. Not sure if that's a very good tip, but I got a lot done!

Tonya said...

I hate spring cleaning! So I try not to overwhelm myself. I try to accomplish only 1 room a day, start one project (closet, desk, etc) & don't move on until its done. Opening up the windows, allowing the fresh air & sunlight is a big help as well!

eholst said...

My tip - keep plenty of chocolate on hand for breaks!
My serious tip - turn on some music and see how much you can get done in three songs. You may surprise yourself!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Terry said...

I don't really do spring cleaning, so I don't have any good tips. Maybe just go outside so you don't see that you need to clean? LOL Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I agree with the first commenter. Hire a maid :-) Seriously, I think spring cleaning comes about when I start putting out spring decorations. So there is usually a lot of dusting happening here.

Gayle said...

I have windows on the 2nd story of my home that are ALWAYS dirty on the outside because they're so hard to get to. I recently learned about a product that comes in a bottle - you attach it to your hose - spray the window with water - then spray with this cleaning solution and let it suds for awhile - then rinse with clear water in the hose again. I can't wait to give it a try - it would be wonderful to have clean windows! And it would be wonderful to win this giveaway!

Michele said...

My spring cleaning tip is to clean any bugs out of your computer printer! My son just tried to print out his homework and a squashed bug was smushed on the paper. Looks like I need to start some spring cleaning myself!

Busy Quilting Mama said...

I agree with the loud music, but I discovered a few years ago the magical cleaning properties of vinegar. A little vinegar on a wash cloth will shine your toaster enough to use as a mirror. I also love a good magic eraser!

Mrs. K. said...

To have a tip, you've got to actually do spring cleaning, lol. ;-)

But really, just start small. Little changes can do a lot.

stichnRN said...

NO spring cleaning. just quilting

Dragonfly Primitives said...

I find cleaning goes faster when my family is not home. I love to open the windows and turn on the music before I start. I tackle one room at a time and make sure that I declutter before everyone gets home.

Nancy B said...

This is the week I MUST Spring clean! It will be in the 80's here by Friday, so the weather will be perfect. My hint is to get Hubby to pitch in. Would love to win the $25 give-away. Thanks so much.

nbtay@sbcglobal.net

KMSC said...

I take down my winter quilts, brush them off or fluff them in the dryer and hang my spring quilts to add brighter colors to my home.
k.castanette@hotmail.com

All8 said...

Hm, spring cleaning.... Let DH know that we have guests coming and I need to go shopping for the occasion. DH can get the kids moving in the way that only a daddy can (and evidently this mom can't...) Although I like the idea of sewing with the machine facing the window... (lol)

Thanks for the opportunity.

Cathy said...

I would have to ask my husband. He makes the best wife in the world. Actually I love scrubbing all my windows with water and vinegar and using newspaper to wipe them dry.

shauna said...

Invite someone for a visit! That always makes me do some deep cleaning.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Wait until fall. :-)

Linda said...

Make your spouse HELP!!

scottylover said...

Spring cleaning??? What's that?! I don't like to clean unless I absolutely have to. I am fortunate enough to have a hubby that likes to clean. :)

The one thing I do remember my mom teaching me was to wrap a towel over the end of a broom to get all the cobwebs out of the corners. It works great and keeps me from having to climb a ladder!

Sandy A

JuneBug said...

My tip... spread it out... vaccum one day, mop the next week... heck make spring cleaning last all year :)

Kristine said...

Only tackle cleaning projects you can finish in one hour. That way you don't end up with piles of stuff out that you never get round to finishing.

Darlene B said...

I think the whole room looks cleaner if the windows are washed! Just seeing light stream in a clear window makes me feel better (and allows me to stare out the window instead of cleaning more stuff).... ;)

Melissa said...

I can't resist a giveaway! My favorite tip for any kind of chore is to get a good book on CD. I download mine from my library and they go right on my iPhone. I get wrapped up in a mystery or romance and before I know it I've finished cleaning out the cabinets in the bathroom (or a whole bunch of Ohio Stars for my Eventide quilt!)

Renea said...

I always try to start with the kitchen as this takes me the longest to clean. I try to do one room at a time which sometimes doesn't work as of course I am trying to do 10 things at once. (Don't all women do that!) What keeps me motivated is knowing that when all the cleaning is done I get to go play with my fabric!

Q said...

My first instinct with this exactly the same as nicke! I am ambitious in my career only so that I can afford for someone else to do my chores... he he he! I think I need to have a big reward planned to end the day, usually this is a wonderful bubblebath after getting grotty all day in a super clean bathroom, followed by my very favourite feeling in the whole world, clean sheet. I do clean sheets once a week, but I still love it every time!

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