It’s that time of year! Well…almost. Our February has been so warm and mild that it has felt like spring. We’ve even thrown the windows wide open a few days and I’ve gotten the itch to start some cleaning, home maintenance, and organization…all of which, I suppose, can be classified as spring cleaning.
I have started on a few things, like cleaning out the hanging space in my closet, washing all of the quilts in the house, and reworking the open shelves in the bathroom…
But cleaning and organizing can be like dominos and I’m realizing that some nooks and crannies need a good scrubbing.
It was about this time that I received an e-mail, asking if I would be interested in partnering with eBay on spring cleaning. My first thought was, perfect timing! Then I realized that I had never thought of checking out eBay for tools and supplies for spring cleaning or organizing. I’m a frequent eBay shopper, but it’s usually for antique and vintage items or second-hand clothing.
I clicked over to eBay to check out their spring hub and they have everything from playgrounds to pools, lawn mowers to ladders. I had a few cleaning and organizing tools on a list, like microfiber towels and a good broom.
Armed with a $100 eBay gift card and the beginnings of a spring cleaning to-do list, I did a little online browsing.
I gravitated towards one thing immediately. Vacuums.
I love my 12-year-old Dyson. You may recognize it, since it’s been in many of my photos. It’s like a little pet that seems to find its way into shoots.
For quite a while now, I’ve been interested in getting a hand-held Dyson for quick clean-ups, like Goldfish spills and fur balls on the sofa. Well, I learned through my browsing that there is a Dyson outlet store on eBay. And I picked up a company refurbished Dyson DC34 for just over $100.
I was thrilled that my eBay gift card covered almost all of it. I figured a Dyson brand anything would way out of that range. Fifteen years ago, I felt like eBay auctions were my secret way to find bargains. It’s grown and changed so much over the years, but bargains are still to be had and the variety of items available now, from antiques to brand-spanking-new, is amazing. (And who knew you could get eBay gift cards! Mother’s day is just around the corner. Just saying.)
Anyway, this Dyson handheld is a powerful little thing and will be great for a variety of spring cleaning tasks, like doing an extra good vacuum of the baseboards and other trim details, cleaning all of the crumbs out of the sofa nooks and crannies, dusting the tops of picture frames and between blind slats.
It’s good for getting the fuzzies out of A/C vents, too.
Just from hitting a few spots around the house, I collected a nice little sample of how disgusting my house can get, even with regular cleanings.
I don’t really have the time to do my spring cleaning in one long shot, so I’m going to have to stick to my list and pick out one or two things to do at a time until it’s all down. The down side is that I don’t get the satisfaction of having it all done at once, but that’s just this season of life. Having two active (and messy) boys, a husband pursuing his masters degree, and a business to manage means that everything isn’t going to be perfectly clean and tidy and, when it is, it won’t stay that way for long.
But, a girl can try…
Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my collaboration with eBay. I received the gift card and compensation in exchange for this post. As always, all words and opinions are my own.