Challenge #17 – Lamp Shades

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Lampshades seem to be one of the most overlooked dust traps in my home. It’s easy to overlook them because you usually only see the dust when you are up really close (and the light is off). And how often do you do that?

But when you do, do that, you realize how much stuff is stuck on those beautiful little things.

They are, however, the easiest things to clean. I cleaned my entire first floor in under 15 minutes. I didn’t get to the bedrooms because – I didn’t.  But I’m sure I could have done the entire house in less than 30 if I had done them.

All I used was my vacuum with brush tool attached and swept away. So easy.

I have read that people use hair dryers on a low cool setting for really delicate lampshades. But I wouldn’t have any of those in this house. Well I used to, but they were destroyed by some ankle biters years ago.

Let’s get going. Grab that vacuum and…vroom, vroom.

 

So, we are over halfway there! I hope you are making some progress, but most of all I hope you are gaining satisfaction with yourself and your home.

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Challenge #16 – Lightbulbs

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I love light fixtures. Love, love, love them. They are jewelry for a room.

But they are also little dust magnets, aren’t they? This chandelier in my dining room is a beautiful antique, but it starts to look just plain ‘old’ when it gets dusty.

So today I am cleaning the lightbulbs ONLY! I’m not going to take my entire day to clean the whole stinkin’ thing – I will save that fun for later. Today I am cleaning the bulbs.

I read an article a while back that suggested cleaning light bulbs with a paintbrush. It said it would make a big difference in the amount of light in the room. I don’t know about that, but I tried it and liked it. You could also use a static electric duster or a slightly damp rag if you prefer.  Whatever technique you decide to use to clean your bulbs, just make sure the lights are off for a few minutes before you clean them.

I probably didn’t need to tell you that.

I did learn that the lights closest to my kitchen needed a touch of water to clean them due to cooking residue. But all in all, it was pretty easy today.

So grab your step stool and let’s begin.

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