The Latest

THE LATEST

THE LATEST THINKING

THE LATEST THINKING

The opinions of THE LATEST’s guest contributors are their own.

Spring Cleaning Pain-Free

Randy DeVaul

Posted on March 1, 2019 19:30

1 user

There is a reason why people get energized in the Spring after coming out of the doldrums and overcast skies of winter. Spring cleaning is an important ritual for many, marking the true start of the season. Whether new at this phenomenon or an experienced old hat, follow these tips to stay safe at home.

The first real sign of Spring is not the return of robins, the buds or bulbs pushing up through the dirt, or even breaking out the windbreakers to replace the parkas. No, the one sign that says for sure Spring is here is the restless, anxious, almost relentless desire to want to clean the house and burn off all that energy.

The temperature gets warmer, the grass starts to green up (and grow), and people all around are ready to shed their winter blues for just about anything to do. Storm windows must come down, gutters must be inspected, the hose comes out from winter retirement, the house must be power-washed (or worse, painted), carpets must be steam-cleaned to get the “winter” out of them, the soil must be prepared for gardens, and the inside of the house must be “refreshed.”.

All this flurry of activity inspires us to want to do great things. And, in the process, we find creative ways to take short cuts once we realize we can’t get it all done in one day. How can we take this new-found energy and keep it from killing ourselves?

First, set realistic expectations and schedules. Don’t tear the entire house apart only to find you can’t get it all back together before nightfall. Use a ladder that is actually tall enough to do the job. That means finding one that allows you to reach what you need without standing on the top rung or support step. If you don’t have one, borrow or rent one. And, keep the ladder level, as in upright and straight, by not placing it on uneven ground or reaching beyond its side rails. 

Falling (including falling from ladders) is the leading cause of injuries at home. Keep stairs and walking areas free of clutter to prevent that from happening. Carry loads you can actually see over and get help for loads too heavy for you to carry alone. 

When using cleaning solutions, wear gloves and don’t stand “down-wind” of the over-spray. A caustic cleaner in your eyes ruins your day and it can cause permanent damage to your vision.

Let your kids help but give them chores they can actually do instead of chores they want to do to feel more grown up. Dropping the storm window or the five-gallon bucket of brick-cleaning acid may cause a life-long injury in addition to testing your temper.

Never use gasoline as a cleaning solvent. Keep your kids and pets away from steam cleaners, power washers, and attractive-smelling solvents. Don’t let your pet drink out of the cleaning bucket and, when you are finished with the bucket, empty it and store it upside down.

These are but a few suggestions to remain pain-free when the urge comes upon you. Think about what can go wrong before you do it. Then take precautions to protect you and your family so you can be safe at home. 

Randy DeVaul

Posted on March 1, 2019 19:30

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Source: News On 6

One Texas couple abandoned their home of 12 years and sought safety with family in Sand Springs. 

THE LATEST THINKING

Video Site Tour

The Latest
The Latest

Subscribe to THE LATEST Newsletter.

The Latest
The Latest

Share this TLT through...

The Latest