I am so excited to say that my annual spring cleaning mission is complete! In order for me to tackle such a daunting task, my strategy was to work bit-by-bit. Try to clean the whole house in a weekend, and you’re done-zo! Trying to maintain a steady pace, doing one project a day, I worked my way up, from bottom to top.
1. Start with floors, rugs, and baseboards.
2. Move on to waist level surfaces. Clean upholstery, dust/polish furniture, wash all bed linens.
3. Continue on with eye level surfaces. Clean window and window sills, wash drapes, dust wall hanging (art, etc.), and dust above furniture.
4. Up high! Dust or vacuum above cabinets, dust ceiling fans and air vents, change out light bulbs, clean light fixtures, sweep away any cobwebs on the ceiling, and finally CLEAN THE CEILING!
So cleaning the ceiling is definitely not something I do “on the reg.” The truth is, I never noticed they needed to be cleaned until I moved into this “quirky” old house of mine. Does anyone else ever have those days where they just get wild with a magic eraser? Well it happens to me about once a week. I whip out a new eraser and clean as many surfaces as I can get my hands on. It all started with an innocent wipe down of my backsplash, which lead to “magically erasing” my cabinet doors. That eventually lead to me cleaning those little splatters we get on kitchen walls. It wasn’t until I was wiping down my kitchen walls, that I looked up, and AHH! I had some serious damage on my ceiling. Not quite sure what to even call it. But you know what I am talking about…Those grey-ish areas above your chandeliers. Perhaps its from using bulbs with the wrong wattage, or not, I don’t know. All I know is, a burnt looking ceiling is un-cool, and unattractive.
I knew if my magic eraser could handle weird greasy residue from Lord knows what, it could probably tackle my little issue on the ceiling. So with my trusty M.E. in hand and a step ladder, I climbed on up and erased the crap-ola out of my ceiling. It really was effortless, and the results were amazing.
**Hint** I think the reason I went so long without even noticing the discolor of my ceiling is because the light is always on! So…wait until the sun is shining in bright, then turn your light off. This will make it much easier to see the damage. :)
P.S. While you are up on that ladder, take the time to give your chandelier a good wipe down. If your bulbs are fresh and still have some life in them, then dust them off. You might be surprised at how much brighter your room gets once your bulbs are dust-free.