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4 Strategies for Cleaner Floors This Spring

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When winter finally eases its grip and warmer weather moves in, you might find that windy, wet spring conditions make keeping your home’s floors clean a big challenge. People and pets track in mud, dead leaves, and all types of dirt, soiling hardwood and carpeted floors alike. However, there are a few tricks you can use to keep dirt and debris outside where it belongs instead of spending all your spare time sweeping and vacuuming as spring rolls around.


1.     Keep Some Entrances Closed


If you have back and side doors on your home, this usually means more sweeping and mopping as snow melts and you battle muddy or wet footprints each time family members come and go. To reduce the amount of debris being tracked in, you can keep one or more entrances closed until the weather turns warmer. This can be especially helpful for entrances that face directions where the wind blows in from most often, as more debris might enter the home on blustery days.


2.     Keep Interior Doors Shut


Sometimes, windy weather or negative air pressure in your HVAC system can cause doors to fly open and push dirt, hair, and other types of debris into corners and even as far as rooms on the other side of the house. After some time, each room’s floor may become more challenging to clean. To prevent this, keep interior bathroom and bedroom doors shut whenever possible.


3.     Use Door Mats at Every Entrance


Because dirt and mud people and pets track inside can contribute to built-in grime that makes floors difficult to clean, preventing it from entering your home in the first place can be important. Putting a door mat at each entrance is an effective way to trap dirt, but only if you use them properly.


When choosing door mats for your home, consider what type of dirt gets tracked in most often. If you live in an area that features a temperate but wet spring, choose a rubber mat with wide squares and a wire mesh that fits the underside so that your guests can scrape mud from their shoes. If you live where springtime is dry and windy, choose a mat that is easy to pick up and shake out. The type of mat you choose can go a long way in keeping dirt outside, where it belongs.


4.     Give Your Pets Their Own Entrance


Dogs that gallop through puddles and mud and then charge into the house along with your kids can be tough on your floors, and you may find yourself mopping up paw prints almost constantly during the wet weather. While you cannot teach your pets to wipe their feet, you might consider installing a pet door at an entrance where you can keep them confined until they dry off or until you can wipe their feet. A short length of hallway, covered with rubber mats, can go a long way in keeping the rest of your floors cleaner.


The fight to keep your floors clean during the spring can be daunting, especially if you have children and pets. However, keeping these strategies in mind as spring arrives can help you win the day and enjoy the warmer weather instead of dreading it.






Affordable Prescription Glasses from GlassesShop.com

How much did your last pair of glasses set you back, including lenses? I think the last pair I bought from a retail store set me back over $500 and they weren’t even a “brand”.

That of course was before I realised you could, and trusted buying, glasses online. Being a brave, older-apparently-still-millennial, I’m used to paypalling away and having items shop up from all over the world, so, while it may seem strange to buy something so specialised from some place in the internets, it’s really just a matter of getting your Medicare-funding eyecheck every two years, making sure the optometrist writes down your full prescription, and setting about looking at all the colours and styles you can get with some button clicks … and for as little as $50! Honestly, the last pair I bought online only cost me $50 which included things like anti-scratch coasting and high density lenses for coke-bottle grade scripts like mine.

GlassesShop.com offered me some eyeglasses to flash around the internet and my real life from their range, and I decided to get these ones:

Fiona in red glasses

The Oversized Cateye or High Pointed Eyewear Vintage Inspired in red. ($29.95) I’ve never gone catseye glasses before, despite so many other kitty items in my life, and I can totally say I pull these off!

Fiona in green glasses

The other pair, the Lina Rectangle in Green have grown on me in time (and after some compliments on social media!) Again, this $29.95 pair is a departure from my usual style in that it’s a light colour with clean parts while I usually only wear solid dark colours these days. But I like it, and for that price why not have a pair for each day of the week? Afterall, people are always looking at your face.

new glasses on blue schoolchair

I already have some prescription sunglasses from awhile back, but maybe next summer I’ll get another :)

Have you ever bough glasses online?
If you haven’t, maybe try GlassesShop.com, with the code GSHOT50 for 50% off frames with free standard prescription lenses :)

WIN: The book of UNinspiring Quotes

The Book of Uninspiring Quotes

The Book of Uninspiring Quotes parodies the idea that we can ever reach total satisfaction in life, using ironic stock photos to demonstrate the pointlessness of positive affirmation. Leunig’s collation of uninspiring quotes encourages suffering at the hands of our miserable existence. It is a morose but humorous look at the darker side of life.

the book of uninspiring quotes

About the Author

On a bad day: Sunny was born to two disappointed parents, was an average student, always finished fourth in high school sports and currently lives alone in Melbourne.

On a good day: Sunny is a successful musician, film director, composer and TV presenter and also the son of Michael Leunig, one of Australia’s most famous artists. He has written and directed music videos for some of biggest names in Australian music including Paul Kelly and Courtney Barnett; composed and performed music for feature-length films including In Bob We Trust, a documentary about Father Bob Maguire; is guitarist for the popular alt-rock band Jimmy Tait and composer for The Wintership Quartet.

Where do the Rabbits Go? (Excerpts) from Sunny Leunig on Vimeo.

Available to pre-order now, and out May 1st:
‘This book will change your life … for the f@#king worse’ – Samuel Johnson

‘I used to wake in the morning and put my pants on one leg at a time with hope and belief. Now I lay around pantless with belief only in home deliveries and twist top bottles. Damn you Leunig. My hope has drained away.’
– Tim Rogers (You Am I)

Do you ever feel like those inspirational posters are just going to make you vomit? Or that those pretty daisies in the picture remind you of your hayfever? Does the touch of a baby’s skin make your testicles shrivel up in fear?

the book of uninspiring quotes

Then maybe these less-than-inspiring quotes, stock photos and colouring pages (yes! colouring pages!) are for you!

the book of uninspiring quotes

Yeah, you could buy your ex or your mother-in-law a copy of the book, or you could win a copy from me by commenting below something extremely mundane and not motivating about your week.

I’ll pick the “winner” (yes in inverted commas) after May 17th Aussie time based on general mundanes-ness, or creativity and humour. Something like that.
Comment as many times as you like, it’ll make my life a tad more interesting for a week.
Aussie addresses only please xx.

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

Fun With Kids (and sweet bedding)

The fun of the school holidays means I can have my niece and nephew over in the middle of the day. For playing in the park, and being creative indoors.

Just Bedding

This doona cover from Just Bedding (gifted) has been a hit. Fantasy styling in a sari print, my pillow case gets a good reception when I take it for sleepover shifts, and the kids were all over and under this bright happy print!

Makka Pakka and Ez

Just Bedding story tent

I have even coerced under it for Liam to tell me a fantastic story about Frozen, Makka Pakka, Optimus Prime and explosions. Several times.

Lego Guitar hero princess Anna Frozen

Lego Guitar Hero was then insisted on, and we rocked out!

Be like Ezri

Be like my hero, Ezri.

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