Spring Clean Up

I am dying for Spring to get here.  It is time for me to open up my house and do some deep cleaning.  Not only will it make me feel so much better but the house will become healthier too.  Having in the natural fresh air alone will reduce my stress level.  Also it is the best way to 'freshen' the house without any chemicals or scents.  

Now since I am looking so forward to this cleaning time, I thought I would share what I use the most to clean with.  Water!  Honestly good ol fashion water.  No it is not that I am scared of anything, it just works for the majority of things.  A fresh rag (made from my old clothes) and water wipes everything down just fine.  Then the rag can be tossed into the laundry.  For the really icky things like cleaning around the toilet, I can always opt to toss the rag into the trash.  

Do I want to disinfect something while I clean?  Then I will use rubbing alcohol to wipe it down with a second time.  Need something a lil stronger?  How about some vinegar and baking soda to make a paste to scrub with?  Want it to be a lil whiter?  Use peroxide.  But all in all your really just wiping, washing off and using some good ol elbow grease.  

Watch your chemical count!
When you use household cleaners be mindful of the harmful chemicals that circulate into the air you breathe. To be safe, open a window during and after the use of these products.

Keep humidity levels (and potential mold and mildew!) in       check particularly in bathrooms and kitchens where moisture builds up throughout the year.
Easily test the effectiveness of your fan by holding a piece of tissue paper near the fan – if the fan is removing air properly the paper will be drawn against the grill and remain there as long as the fan is on.

Clear the kitchen air after cooking and cleaning.
The kitchen is a key source of indoor air pollution especially with a gas stove, so make sure to use a range hood to remove the pollutants created from cooking and preparing meals.

Keep dust and debris at bay.
Dust is basically shed skin cells and pet dander. Dust mites feed on those particles and tend thrive in bedrooms on linens and blankets. Wash linens often in very hot water and replace pillows regularly, or cover existing pillows with anti allergenic covers. 

Food For Thought

I am sitting here so very full from dinner.  I did not really eat a ton of food.  It just felt like I had.  My capacity is lower now so it is not hard to hit this feeling.  But still it is uncomfortable for awhile as it works into my system.

So how does this make me think?  We actually not about food at all.  But instead of where else do I tend to over indulge at?  And can just cutting back a "bite or two" really help me feel better?  Maybe if I mentally make myself push back from things more often I can feel better overall.

Let's put this into a working theory now.  That one bite too many could be me expecting a lil too much from someone else.  Am I pushing myself too much on someone or my thoughts or desires?  Could I be a bit better of not being the full meal deal and more of the healthy option.  Might it be better to step back and look at a situation and think through what I am desiring compared to what I really need.  Then my wants will not become the focus, instead the fulfillment of my life will be the reward.

Life is about choices.  Easy ones and hard ones.  Should it also be where we start helping the hard choices become easier if we make them the priority instead of the results?  Hummm... all this is food for thought for me.