The spring wildflowers are starting to be replaced with the early summer ones and we are still in the midst of our annual spring cleaning. We have blogged about our Spring cleaning before but this year I feel has been the most thorough ever. We completely inventoried all of our things inside the coach because we emptied out every single drawer, cabinet and closet. We did our annual evaluation about getting rid of things we haven’t used in the past year. As a result we have a pile of stuff to give to our son and daughter in law (some brewery pint glasses, Tupperware and such) plus we have a bag of items to take to Goodwill.
The best new tip I learned online this year was a Facebook post about “green” oven cleaning. I despise chemicals so I was glad to try it. It suggested a paste made of white vinegar, baking soda and a few drops of dish detergent. Then it said to sponge the paste all over the oven and racks then leave it overnight. The next day I sponged out the paste with vinegar and water. What a miraculous result. Our convection oven is cleaner than ever! I am so happy with the result as it gleams!
As a result of taking everything out of the cabinets they are now better organized and weeding out a few items made a big difference in space. I never ever want to return to a big home with too much space to fill because this smaller living space has taught me how liberating it is living with less.
We have washed all the walls and ceilings with a vinegar and water solution which also made a big difference. It is just amazing how things get so dirty. In cleaning the walls we realized we hadn’t repaired a tear in the wallpaper around a big decorative mirror in the hall. The tear occurred during a repair of the mirror frame while on the road. John came up with a brilliant fix by adding an artful accent made of glass tiles and he used silicon caulk to affix them to the wall. I absolutely love it! Now I want to carry on that accent into the bathroom since there are a few leftover tiles! The fix was accomplished for under ten dollars, too! Slam dunk!
In the next couple of weeks we will continue the attack by scrubbing floors, cleaning carpet with a Rug Doctor shampoo cleaner, washing windows and drapes as well as a good exterior washing. We are doing just a little bit at a time which gives us time for some socializing in between cleanings. Our friend Bob even had us over for breakfast one morning and it was great seeing Bob again after all these years.
After cleaning the motorhome our car also needs a good washing, waxing and inside cleaning as well. The only thing I struggle with is cleaning our pleated day/night shades. The bottom third of all our shades are a little dingy. Anyone have any suggestions for cleaning them without damaging them?
Once we leave College Station, Texas I feel our coach will be good as new and ready for another year of adventure… What a great feeling!