You dirty girl!

Oh wait, that was a bit more provocative than simply your house is dirty, girl ;-)

Even us Los Angelenos hibernated during the winter and our houses show it.  Dirty carpets, cobweb-ed corners, mildew-y showers.  Now that spring time is here, you know what that means…  Time to clean, baby.

Sadly, my vacuum has been on its last leg for years, and has loped along as long as it could… We broke up this week and I replaced her with the sexiest vacuum cleaner I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning!  You can tell I’m middle aged because I’ve just described my vacuum as SEXY! Come on, look at it… she’s H.O.T., right?

But, she’s not just gorgeous, she’s got a good personality, too. ;-) This baby corners like an Olympic athlete doing the slalom.  Moreover, she’s a hybrid upright vacuum.  What’s that, you ask?  I didn’t know either until I discovered that the handheld part detached itself from the entire unit, so you can suck up cobwebs in the corners!  The Samsung Motion Sync Bagless Upright vacuum is bag-less, sucks like nobody’s business and is dang quiet.  #ThingsThatSuck… literally!  Just look at what got sucked up with my first usage!

As far as a the mildew-y shower goes, here’s a fun way to rid your house of the ick.  Yes, I did say cleaning and fun in the same sentence.  See, I’ve become obsessed with listening to audio books and just so I don’t feel quite so guilty about sitting around listening to my books, I’ve begun cleaning simultaneously.  I call it guilt-free listening.  Hence, why all of my laundry is done, my shower is clean and the carpets are vacuumed.

So, strap on your headphones, select a killer novel such as Gone Girl, some funny short stories by David Sedaris or a self-help number by the ever popular Anna Quindlen and a bottle of Lysol Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner and/or Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface cleaner to rid the house of 99% of the bacteria and viruses.  Clean until the book is done, er I mean until the house shines like the top of the Chrysler Building.

During the above mentioned hibernation, many of us simply didn’t invited people over because it was just too brutal to brave the outdoors!  But, now that Spring is here, a lot of us are having friends over!  YAY (look for an upcoming post on the HOEDOWN party we threw)!  If your landscaping withered like most did, it’s time to spruce.  Did you know that Walmart has twice as many locations as the big box hardware stores?  They have all of the same stuff — solar lights (got mine last year and they are still kicking), lawn mowers, grills, plants, mulch, trash bags.  You name it they have it.  Go Walmartians!

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