Sweet Sundays


Even though there is a foot of snow on the ground in Kansas City, again, I have decided to take this time to start my spring cleaning routine.  These are the things that I like to do when the weather starts to warm, and spring is a feeling, that is right around the corner. (Go home snow!)

We can start with easy things, that you can do whether it is warm out, or you still have snow on the ground!



Each Spring/Fall I clean out my medicine cabinet, and make sure that I have discarded of expired medications, taken expired prescriptions to the pharmacy to be disposed of, and make a new list of what is needed to keep the medicine box current for the season.  Nothing is worse than getting sick, and instead of going to your medicine cabinet for relief, having to drive to the store to purchase it.


Here is a list of stuff that should be housed in every one's medicine "area". Use your own discretion here.  I don't believe this to be a finite list, but a good one to get you started and useful enough to make sure you have things on hand in case of an emergency.
  • An assortment of Band-Aids. Sizes, colors, etc...
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cough Drops
  • Throat spray for sore throats
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Pepto Bismal
  • Tums
  • Allergy Relief (Claritin, Allegra)
  • Muncinex
  • Day-Quil and Night Quil
  • Day time and Night time cold relief
  • Neosporin or AD Ointment
  • Hydrocortosone Cream
  • Tylenol
  • Excedrin
  • Ibuprofen or Aleive
  • Thermometer
  • Heating Pad
  • Muscle Wraps
  • Asper-cream of Ben Gay Muscle Rub
This is not the be all, end all list, but a good start.  If you have children in your home, you will want to adapt this list to include children's over the counter medication.  The same with seasonal issue, such a flu items, during the fall and winter when people are more susceptible to those types of illness.  

I hope this helps guide you into a direction of mending or adding to your medicine cabinet.  Remember, especially in homes with young adults, drug use can start in the medicine cabinets at home, so please make sure to account for all prescription medications and make sure to update or dispose of outdated or unused portions of prescription drugs.



Here is a simple list to get your spring cleaning started

Outdoors
  • Wash your windows inside and outside.The winter can be just as harsh on windows as the summer. 
  • Before you bring out your patio furniture and children’s outdoor toys, wash them off. Inspect all cushions and see if new ones are in order.
  • Check the caulk, seals and weather stripping around all windows and doors and repair as needed. Wipe down window wells and ledges. Hose and wipe down exterior doors.
  • Pull out the garden hoses. If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, check to make sure the winter didn't damage it
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clear out debris.
  • Clean out your garage and hose out all the winter dirt and grime. 
  • If there are any areas on outside trim, deck, etc to paint use this time to paint it and freshen up the exterior of your house.
  • Seed lawn and cover with peat moss to ensure new growth.  Don't forget to water daily!
  • If the weather has already turned warmer, and you know you will be using your air conditioner soon, it is time to clean it out and get it ready for the soon to be soaring temp.  
  • Plant summer bulbs.  Some of my favorites are iris, day lilies, calla lilies and cannas.  Your summer garden will thank you for it!
Inside the House
  • Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and ready to be put away until next season
  • Change your furnace filters for cleaner air and a more efficient heating system.
  • Spring is a good time to replace batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and other home safety devices.
  • Get your beds ready for a spring! Spring is also a good time to do twice-annual mattress turns. Flip your mattress this spring and next fall, turn it end-to-end. Launder or dry clean all bedding you don’t do every week, such as mattress pads, pillows, blankets, bed skirts and bedspreads.
  • Schedule a professional carpet cleaning or rent a carpet cleaner and do it yourself.
  • Clean out your kitchen cupboards and pantry, paying particular attention to baking supplies, pans and equipment that you’ll need for holiday baking.
  • Pull your refrigerator, clothes washer and dryer out from the wall and clean behind them (and retrieve any long lost socks!). Brush dust off of refrigerator coils and use a narrow vacuum hose attachment to clean inside the lint catcher of your dryer.
That last thing I like to do is purchase new fall scented candles. I tend to steer towards soy candles in airy, breezy scents like rain, flowers, or every just really clean scents!

Stay Sweet,
Kem

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