Household

Autumn is Here

We’ve all heard of Spring Cleaning, but we need to do some Fall Cleaning too!

 

I recently bought some new blinds from Ikea that I just adore, but boy-oh-boy the old Venetian blinds were pretty gross with dust. And behind them in the window frame? Even worse!

Luckily, my friend Katie over at Housewife How-To’s® has a great Fall Cleaning Schedule Printable.

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Bitter Cold Weather

Thursday the windchills were in the double digits below zero Fahrenheit and today they closed some schools due to regular temperatures in the double digits below zero Fahrenheit and it isn’t officially winter until Wednesday. These polar vortex temperatures are spreading across the Midwest from Omaha to Columbus and beyond and it’s this time to be sure your heating and cooling Columbus system is in tip-top shape.

I’ve been in my house for nineteen years now, but I remember when I had first moved in and my heating had gone out. I hadn’t really noticed it at first, the blower came on and the with the use of the stove and open blinds during the day the house had been retaining some heat. I just put on sweaters and put them on my kids and we used blankets. My dad came over and noticed how cool it seemed in the house and we checked the thermostat. It said we were down to about 55ºF.
This is when we want an excellent heating and cooling company that can come out on an emergency basis to get us back to where we needed to be. That gradual decrease in temperature, because it was so unnoticeable, was scary. The kids were small and didn’t tell me they were cold; probably didn’t even know to tell me they were cold. They were in those comfy, warm blanket sleepers at their ages. We were out during the weekdays; me at work and the kids at daycare and school. Weekends we were mostly at home. I’m so glad Dad came by and we were able to get professionals in right away to fix the furnace and get our heat back on.

Professional services getting the heat back on, especially when it’s so bitter cold outside is so important. Tune-ups of your HVAC system are a great thing as well. So is a check of your built-in humidifier (or installation if you don’t have one.) Getting that duct work cleaned out isn’t a bad idea either, especially if you have pets, small kids with small toys, or have been doing any work on your house.

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New Vacuum

Two weeks ago we were switching the contents of a couple of rooms and our first generation Dyson Animal DCo7 broke. It broke at the top of the Cyclone/dust cup where it attaches to the vacuum itself, near the power button. We have a Siberian Husky. He sheds. A LOT. So do the cats, but not as much.

We asked some friends for recommendations and did some research. We decided on the Shark NV753.

I just have to say “WOW.” After a quick and easy to assemble. I turned it on and it took off like it wanted to vacuum all by itself. The LED lights work very well and are a pleasant addition. The Dyson had no lights. The wand also has a light so you can see into those corners. I think the dust bin might be a tad bit smaller than the Dyson’s, but I’ll just empty it a bit more frequently. No problems there. It’s very easy to see when it’s getting full and very easy to empty. It picked up litter and dust in the laundry room like a champ. It picked up a lot of dust out of the rug in the Laundry room. So much so that I’ve already rinsed the filters and the bin. Very easy to do both. Now they just have to dry.

part-158FLI650The TruePet ™ motorized brush also works very well, picking up the “ground in” pet fur quickly and easily. The crevice tool, called a Dusting Genie by Shark, has a brush that can be pushed to the operating end and used to loosen stubborn dust and cobwebs.

I bought this for my own use and was not compensated for it in any way. I am looking forward to using it more!

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Dear Katie

I am writing a letter to my pal Katie at Housewife How To’s:

Dear Katie,

I am giving my kitchen a face lift, painting the Shaker style cabinets and putting some bead board panels in the insets in the cupboard doors. I’ve painted the lowers already, but the uppers have a coating of that greasy, dusty, stick gunk from cooking (and there’s probably a bit of that nicotine stick from smoking even though it’s been six years (Yay!) since I quit.

What’s the best way to get that gunk off the cabinets so the paint will adhere better?

kimsch

UPDATE: We have an answer!

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Unstoppables

I received a free sample of Downy Unstoppables in the “fresh” scent recently and just used it on my bedding this past weekend. I must say that I really like it.

The bedding smells fresh and the room smells fresh. Even with the windows open and fans on, the scent is lasting. The “fresh” scent is indeed fresh and it’s also got a slightly sweet hint of apple which is quite pleasant.

I’d like to see what the “lush” scent smells like. If it has some lavender in it, it might be good for my children’s bedding. Even if I don’t end up liking the “lush” scent, I do like the “fresh” scent and will probably buy a bottle.

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