Where did February go? Time got away from me, maybe it was the unseasonable warm weather or the amazing distraction of a visit from my kids. March is here and it is time to get back into the swing of things. I have been wanting to share a housekeeping tip that has been full proof over the years. Along with this tip, I wanted to add a follow up to a previous post.
I have always loved the warm light of candles around the house. I have a collection of large hurricanes down to smaller votives that are scattered about. While I love the ease of tea lights in the tin holders but they cannot always be used, especially in clear glass. While a single candle in a glass hurricane is beautiful, the end result is usually a melted candle that may be hard to get out. The last thing you need is a trip to the emergency room after you used a knife to pry out the candle. We have all tried that one! Here is an easy solution. Pop the glass votive or hurricane into the freezer at the end of the night. In the morning use gentle force with your hand and the leftover remains should come out clean and easily. Let the container return to room temp before washing or relighting.
I think I can safely say we are not the only parents out there that have bins and boxes of items that we have agreed to keep for our children while they start their lives and get settled somewhere permanently. We have moved these items for our children now two times since we left their childhood home. Knowing moves are a fact of life when you work in the hotel business, having them both home together recently I thought it would be a perfect time to tackle the dreaded job. Misery loves company! They were not excited about the process at first, but when it was all said and done it did bring back a lot of memories and we had quite a few laughs looking at all their treasures. Elementary school ceramics, sports trophies, toys and memorabilia all mixed in with things that we wondered why they had kept after all. One of these days they will have a permanent home and they will have the job of collecting all these things for good. Now was the time to carefully think about what is truly special to them. Reflecting back to a previous post...what brings them joy. Stuff is stuff and in the end if it is not truly special or if it doesn't bring joy to their lives why keep moving it about the country. I am so happy that job is behind us, we got through it and we ALL lightened our load.