FOR YOUR HOME
RESTING THE LINENS
In the past, resting the linens was a spring house cleaning chore. By taking down all the heavy tapestries and window draperies, cleaning, and storing away, the “linens” had a longer life. Heavy rugs were also cleaned and stored for fall and winter.
In their places were lighter weight curtains and grass mats on the floors. The chandeliers were covered with netting so the insects coming in the open windows did not get in these.
In today’s world we have screens on the windows and air conditioning for the summer season. It is nice to “rest the linens” and change the curtains, draperies, accessories, and look of rooms just to have a lighter look even in our cleaner, air conditioned homes.
We still do this here although it is very time consuming and a little more work. One drawback is where to store all the rested linens but we have a 1930’s wardrobe just for this. The other is the cost of a second set of curtains.
This is overcome by using just the sheers to cover the windows and storing the heavier, lined draperies for winter.
We still haven’t rolled the rugs or covered the chandeliers with net but guess that we do half the work of our ancestors.....
WHEN YOU’RE HOUSE CLEANING, AND COME ACROSS SOME ITEMS NO LONGER USEABLE, YOU CAN REUSE THEM FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE.
A SUGAR BOWL WOULD BE GOOD FOR AN AFRICAN VIOLET POT INSIDE AND A TEAPOT WOULD MAKE A NICE VASE FOR A GIFT FLOWER ARRANGEMENT-GREAT HOSTESS GIFTS!
SPRING HOUSE CLEANING
On the previous page the picture at the top is a BIG dinner. BUT-before that, was house cleaning! Preparing for a big dinner is not as easy as everything looks!
Then there is the season cleaning in the spring and fall. Spring house cleaning for us is not as much as the fall house cleaning because we are working to do the garden cleaning at the same time.
I try to keep it more low key and get the lighter curtains, seasonal accessories, and summer clothing out on rainy days. This way I can get things done inside when I can’t be outside.
It worked well except for a couple of years when we had droughts. I had to be outside to water the plants more so the spring house cleaning was done at night instead.
FALL HOUSE CLEANING
THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS ARE COMING!
It’s time to rev-up the rug shampooer, vacuum cleaner, window washer, change the scenery in home decorating, and more!
We are ready for all the painting that was put off and in gear for the freshness that the Holidays bring. Our living room and hallway are FINALLY being painted [Thanks, Glenn!] and I feel better already. Now the fall linens and curtains will be readied for all the rooms and the pumpkin and pheasant figurines will be put out, too.
Whatever is on your list for the fall cleaning and decorating, don’t forget to get outside and play with the kids and furkids in the leaves! Our corgi, Corky, loves to run and jump in the leaves so we always make a pile for him to play in.
Taking time to enjoy the fall weather is a nice break in the cleaning routine and makes it easier, too.
Many years ago, in the colonial times and onward, people took household inventory and recorded them in books. When you visit some of the historical sites, you may find that the house has the original inventory book.
This has proved very helpful when trying to trace original items to find and return them to the historic home. Thomas Jefferson, wrote his and George Mason, (Gunston Hall) in VA, wrote his, too. When the homes were sold and the property dispersed, then later becoming an historic site, the caretakers were able to trace some of the furniture, purchase or have it donated to the original home. If they were not able to do this, the descriptions provided the caretakers with enough information to be able to obtain similar pieces for the time period.
Thus, when you visit the home, you will find a room decorated looking close to what the original inhabitants had. Fortunately for most of us, we are NOT planning on making our homes and land into an historic site! Nevertheless, our inventory is equally important for insurance and estate use. Since we are able to take pictures with digital and film cameras in our time period, the descriptions are less wordy. It is important to scan or save the receipts, note the age and dates of the gift, and any other details that may help appraisers.
As I mentioned in the CHINA CLOSET-FULL OF MEMORIES article, I took pictures as I cleaned and rearranged things. This undoubtedly took me longer to get the project completed but I don’t have to remove things and do this again for the inventory.
I now put the pictures on USB jump drives and put them in the safe deposit box for storage, updating them from time to time.