Cleaning In Retirement

Do you remember when you were young and easy cleaning was the way we do. Everything was scrubbed, scoured, dusted, cleaned and aired. fresh air through windowsToday keeping up on the cleaning isn’t always done as extensively as it was when I was a child. We remember washing windows and blinds, searching out any cobwebs that formed during the winter, opening all the windows and letting fresh air in. I also remember cleaning everything – whether it was nailed down or not. Spring cleaning was a major undertaking, often requiring several days to complete.

We do most of the cleaning with just one person, our customers tell us they like it better that way as its a more personal experience. I search out cobwebs, bring in fresh air, and wash windows, curtains and the like. One thing I don’t do today is put slipcovers on all the furniture. I don’t know very many people who do that any more. But in a way, I miss it. I remember putting fitted slipcovers in light and bright colors on all the furniture for the warm weather months. It completely changed the look and feel of the rooms. It was a nice change. When the cleaning was done and the summer slipcovers were on the furniture the whole house felt fresh and clean and new.

Another part of cleaning was cleaning out things we no longer needed. When we were children, we collected the toys we had outgrown, clothes that no longer fit us, and anything else we no longer wanted or needed. I have been thinking about those days for the last few months. I recently cleaned out a garage in anticipation of spring cleaning. I was amazed by the amount of stuff some people have collected. I was also surprised – and a bit nostalgic – about the things my children had been stored in their house.

All this thought about cleaning, however, also makes me think about how important it is for all of us to engage in a little cleaning of the mind and heart and soul. That’s why we are happy to be able to help other retired people out if it becomes overbearing and too much to handle. I don’t know if my mother consciously thought about other kinds of cleaning when she attacked the collected dirt of winter, but I find that my cleaning and scrubbing is a good time to think, even if we are always trying figure out ways to speed things up while cleaning. I have been using spring cleaning as a time for reflection for a number of years now. I use that time for reflection to try to do a little cleaning of mind, heart and soul.

I put my hearth and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process – Vincent Van Gogh

What we mean at 3 Counties Cleaning is this. We gather, and often nurture, feelings and thoughts that clutter our minds and souls, making them dingy. We love using that house cleaning time to think about and deal with things that I need to free myself of in order to be happier. We often don’t realize that deep in our minds and hearts we still carry, and even nurture, old anger or resentment. We often don’t realize that we are carrying guilt and frustration and various kinds of hurt. I think cleaning is the perfect opportunity to think about and free ourselves of these kinds of thoughts and feelings.

Is Your Bathroom Dirty? Hear Are Ways To Speed Up The Cleaning Process!

The bathroom is often the most used room in the house and because of this the hardest to clean and keep clean. By incorporating a few time saving bathroom cleaning tips into your regular routine, you can cut your cleaning time, save money on cleaning products and enjoy a cleaner
bathroom for longer periods of time.

When cleaning the bathroom, always start with the mirrors and shower doors. By cleaning from top to bottom you will save steps. The dirt from the mirrors and wall can sometimes fall to the floor. If done first, the dirt can then be cleaned in one step when you sweep and mop the floors.

To clean the mirrors and shower doors, you do not need an expensive commercial cleaner. The best cleaner and one that doesn’t leave streaks, is a simple solution of water, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Simply add water, 1/3 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol to a spray bottle and shake gently to mix. Spray on glass surfaces and wipe with a clean white paper towel.

To clean grime and soap scum off the tub and shower stall you will need to use a two step process. First scrub the area with a white bristle brush to loosen grime and score the area so that a cleaner can penetrate it more readily. Next, spray or wipe on a concentrated orange-based commercial cleaning product. Allow the product to set for thirty minutes and the grime and soap scum should rinse right off.

After cleaning the tub and shower stall, coat the surfaces with an expensive car wax. If you do this twice a year it will help to repel dirt and cut cleaning time in half.

Another great time saving bathroom cleaning tip for your shower stall is to wipe away all of the water after each use. This will keep the dirt and grime from building up and make weekly cleaning a breeze.

how to clean surfaces in your houseAfter you have cleaned the big surfaces, it is time to clean the toilet and wipe down the counters, sinks and faucets. White vinegar is an inexpensive and effective cleaner for these jobs. Simply apply the white vinegar with a cloth and allow it to set for a few minutes. Then rinse the solution and wipe down the surfaces.

Other simple bathroom cleaning tips include the use of a bath rug outside the shower to collect water and dirt, the cleaning of your plastic shower curtain by tossing it in the washing machine with your dirty cleaning rags and the use of toothpaste and a scrub brush to shine and clean your ornate metal faucets.