We have been cleaning up like crazy over at Casa de Pepper, and while it’s not my favorite activity in the world – I can’t help but breath a huge lemon-scented sigh of relief when all the surfaces are finally clear of clutter and the windows are open to let in the fresh air.
As many of my blog buddies have been doing the same thing lately, I thought it might be fun to share a few of their favorite tips, as well as some of the tricks that my little fam just can’t clean without…
Closet clean-out. As you begin to switch out those seasonal pieces, take stock of the cold-weather items that you haven’t worn in the past few months. Do they really need to stick around until next winter? If I haven’t worn it for a full year, it gets a good hard look before going back on the hanger. (And more often than not ends up here or here.)
Booze for the bed. “To clean your mattress, you can repurpose something I know you probably have in your house: vodka! Don’t use the good stuff, but put a bit of inexpensive vodka in a spray bottle and spritz onto your mattress to kill bacteria and deodorize.” – Erin Heimstra
Brighten with blooms. Ever noticed that your clear glass vases get grimy over time? Soak them in a sinkful of water and white vinegar to get them looking crystal clear before filling with flowers. (Because a simple bouquet makes ANY space look better.)
Jump up and dance. “Pick a song that totally energizes you. For me, it’s Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” Set your alarm to play that song once a day (at a time that you’re normally at home). When the alarm goes off, stop what you’re doing and clean for the duration of the song. Making your bed is a good place to start!” – Justina Blakeney
Loving my lemons. We’ve used them for everything from scrubbing the counters to keeping pests away, and they get a whole lot of love in my kitchen, bathroom + beauty routine! ;)
I’d love to hear your own tips in the comments below, so please share away and I hope you have a sunny, sparkling-clean weekend!
Space is very limited, but we still have a few left right over here (ticket sales will close at Midnight on Wednesday, April 8th)… I would love to meet you in person, and if you can’t make it to this month’s event, please join us for the next PepperBrunch in May!
What’s inspiring your eating, living + wearing this week?
Ps. – We’re chasing cherry blossoms and celebrating Brother Bear’s birthday in DC this weekend! Any must-sees/shops/eats that I need to know about checking out? Follow along with our #PepperAdventure right here, and I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend!
This spotted shift was in my shopping cart for weeks before I pulled the trigger…
I remember thinking “Will I be able to wear such a statement piece often enough to justify the price tag?”
It came in the mail just three weeks ago AND I’ve already worn it five different times (my favorite was from these shots in Austin!), so I’m gunna go ahead and say it was a good call. ;)
Anything you’ve been wearing on repeat lately? Now that we’re back in the Northeast, I’m thinking that I still have time to pair it with some knee-high boots and a tan leather jacket for a spring-time take!
Ps. – My new handbag is another purchase that involved a LOT of thought… I’ve been saving up for a new investment piece for over a year, while patiently waiting for the right one to come along. When I spotted this beauty (that fit ALL of my crazy criteria!) at my favorite consignment store in Texas, I knew it was meant to be mine! ;) So many things to love about shopping second-hand!
PPs. – In case you’re in the shopping mood, there’s a huge sale happening right over here!