The Rite of Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air, which means no more golfing, no more Netflix, because it’s time for spring cleaning. That may sound like a lot of work, but you can clean your Encantada home with minimal effort and probably won’t even have to buy cleaning products since, as anyone who has ever perused a cleaning website will attest, there are very few things on our planet that can’t be cleaned with either lemon juice, vinegar, or a combination of the two. If you do have to purchase a commercial product, most experts have two words of advice: Magic Eraser.

The Rite of Spring Cleaning

There are hundreds of online tips for cleaning everything from ovens to toilets, but here are a few general suggestions to get you started:

Make a List
Walk around your apartment, one room at a time, and write down everything you want to do. When you start cleaning, check-off items as you complete them. Not only does this ensure you won’t miss anything, but it will also give you a feeling of accomplishment.

Clean Top-to-Bottom and Left-to-Right
You have to have a plan when cleaning. If you clean top-to-bottom, the law of gravity works in your favor, keeping dust and debris away from items you’ve already cleaned. Working left to right guarantees that you don’t miss anything. Divide each room into a grid and tackle everything along a line that’s three or four feet wide. Then, move to the right, and do the same thing. You’ll have every square inch of a room cleaned in no time.

Vacuum in Rows
Just as the above advice, vacuuming in rows is the best way to be certain you haven’t missed anything. Plus, it looks very cool having perfectly straight lines running the length of every room. If you want to achieve the diamond pattern you see in ballparks, you’re on your own.

Keep Cleaning Products and Tools at the Ready
Put all your cleaning products in plastic buckets. This not only keeps everything together but, since every room will have its own set of cleaning products, you can have a separate bucket for each room. When it’s time to tackle the bathroom or kitchen, all the products and tools specific to those rooms will already be there waiting for you.

Minimize Products Size
Buy several small spray bottles and adhesive labels, and pour cleaning products from those large, cumbersome bottles into something of a more manageable and portable size. It’s also more economical, since you can buy large sizes and distribute a product in small bottles to every room.  If you want to keep the large bottles organized, get a tension rod to put in a closet or cabinet. Large spray bottles hang conveniently over a rod by their handles and they’re easy to see and retrieve.

Now that you have a strategy, here’s an easy way to get everything done—do one manageable task every day for 30 days. Good Housekeeping has planned 30 small cleaning projects that will have your place clean and sparkling in a month.

Finally, once everything is clean, it’s much easier to keep it that way. If you find the 30-day plan to be fairly stress-free, you may want to repeat it every month so that next year at this time, while everyone else is scrubbing and scouring, you’ll be able to relax.

Stocking the Perfect Kitchen

Whether you cook for yourself, your family, or the occasional big dinner party, a pantry stocked with essentials is, well, essential. There are certain basic items everyone should keep on hand because they’re ingredients used in many recipes, relatively inexpensive, and have a long shelf life, including many refrigerated and frozen foods.

Home Workout Ideas

With the hectic lives we all so regularly lead, it can be difficult to find time to hit the gym or on-property fitness center during business hours. Maybe you’re just starting your fitness journey and prefer the comfort of your own home to build motivation. Whatever the case, working out at home is actually quite manageable and can still remain effective enough for you to see results.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day

It’s February, which means that Valentine’s Day is looming on the horizon. No matter what your relationship status, Valentine’s Day can bring a lot of pressure, and you want to get it right. Happily, whether you’re in Phoenix or Tucson, there are things you can do to impress your partner.

Personalizing Your Space

Thanks to sub-zero temperatures, much of the country is homebound in January. Being stuck indoors, it’s become an after-holiday tradition to redecorate the home in which the winter has made you a prisoner. While that’s not an issue in sunny, warm Arizona, January is still a good time to look at your living space, no matter how beautiful, and consider changing it up with a fresh look for the new year.

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a new year and, like many people, you may be making resolutions for 2017. It’s human nature to view the year ahead as a clean slate; a time to accomplish all the things you didn’t get done last year. But resolutions made in January are often forgotten by Groundhog’s Day. So, this year, what can you do differently to ensure that, when December arrives, you’ll have kept your resolutions and accomplished your goals? There are several steps that can be taken to improve your chances of success.

Delicious Holiday Cocktails

Whether you’re having guests, or you’re spending the holiday alone, at some point you may want to imbibe in a festive holiday cocktail. What gives a beverage its holiday appeal? Cocktails crafted specifically for end-of-year celebrating usually have flavors of the season—like pumpkin, peppermint, cranberry, or apple pie—which, while unusual, are a delightful treat.

Your Weekend Reward—A Fabulous Brunch

If there is a perfect meal, it would have to be brunch. Mixing the best elements of breakfast and lunch, and served at a time that considers the relaxing nature of weekends, a good brunch is a meal to be savored. It’s your reward for having worked all week.

5 Holiday Entertaining Tips for Encantada Residents

Bring happiness and joy to your luxury apartment this holiday, no matter what the size of your living space. It’s a time to get together with loved ones and make memories. Hosting people at your home can be done in a manner that makes the most of your space with just a few simple adjustments.

Autumn in Sunny and Warm Arizona

It’s that time of year when friends and relatives from other states begin complaining about the cold and snow. As we luxuriate in the warmth of an Arizona winter, we can celebrate our good fortune and wise choices by engaging in the many events that Phoenix and Tucson have to offer.