Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Cleaning...



Are you dreading it? I hear you. Well, here is some good motivational advice from my favourite domestic goddess, the lifestyle columnist and author Rita Konig 

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- Play good music for dusting, vacuuming, or laundry. Listen to any talk radio station for the ironing.

- Plan a lunch date at the end of it; you don't really need to do more than a few hours and a deadline really gets you going.

- Make sure you have coffee and a cookie. This is a treat in itself and one you can only really have when you are at home in the daytime. So break from the cleaning for a cappuccino and a biscuit or two.

- Hide some treats in the laundry closet, something you will forget about until you are doing the wash. It is good to reward yourself for such boring tasks.

- Run yourself a spoilingly hot and heavily scented bath at the end of your hours of cleaning. It serves a double purpose: it gives you a well-deserved soak and it will eradicate the horrid smells of those cleaning products from your bathroom.

- Scented candles are definitely a good thing to light at the end of a cleaning session so you can sit back and enjoy your clean and delicious smelling home.

- Remember to buy the papers or the new issues of your favorite magazines so you can look forward to an afternoon lazing around the house going through them.

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Rita Konig has written three wonderfully witty books on home making and entertaining. I own the red one (in the middle, above) and find myself going back to it often for helpful hints and tips.

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