Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

Are you looking for an easy way to clean plastic patio furniture?  Look no further.  We have two solutions for you.

Option 1: Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

In this example, we have two white plastic lounge chairs.  They stay outside for the winter, due to the lack of shed storage space.

Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio FurnitureThis year, the patio chairs were looking especially dirty.  I decided to pull them onto the grass and attempt to clean them.  I usually have resin patio furniture cleaner on hand, but must have run out.  So I opted for some simple liquid dishwashing soap and a sponge.  Here’s what I did:

Step 1: Wet the chairs with water

Step 2: Put some liquid dishwashing soap on the chair.

Step 3: Wash the chair with a sponge.  In our case, I didn’t have to work hard at all to get the grime off.  In fact it was so easy that our two young sons offered to help.

Step 4: Rinse with water.

Not bad for a quick cleaning, right?  If your patio furniture is very dirty, you may need to purchase a product made especially for the job.

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Option 2: Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

If your patio furniture stains are not coming off easily, then you may need to try another cleaning product like Scotts Plus Oxi Outdoor Cleaner which attaches to your garden hose.  It is made by Scotts, the same company that distributes lawn fertilizer.  It is safe for lawns and surrounding plants, and contains no phosphates.


If you prefer not to attach a bottle to a garden hose, they also make the same product in a spray bottle: Outdoor Cleaner Plus Oxi Clean Rtu Liquid.  This comes in handy if you only have one or two lawn chairs, and just want to do a quick cleaning.

One additional tip:  This Scotts Cleaner is also sold in concentrate.  You’ll notice that the two products we listed above are RTU which stands for Ready To Use.  If you have a lot of cleaning to do, you may want to consider the concentrated version which needs to be mixed with water before using.

Overall, cleaning should be an easy process.  Our motto is, “If you’re working too hard to clean something, then you’re not using the right cleaning product.”

Happy cleaning!

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Ideas for Organizing Ball Caps

Are you looking for ideas for organizing ball caps or hats?  We’ve looked into several ways to keep ball caps organized. Check out these three systems to see which one works best for you.

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Organize Ball Caps with an Over the Door Cap Rack Organizer

Organize Ball Caps Over the Door

This one is simple.  Just open the box and hang the Cap Rack Organizer over a closet door.  This one holds up to 36 hats!

Organize Baseball Hats with Hooks

Ideas for Organizing Ball Caps: Hats on hooks

This Coat and Hat Rack has six hooks, and keeps everything nice and tidy.  It also comes in a black or wood finish. Installation is fairly simple, but you’ll need a few tools like a ruler to measure, and a screwdriver to hang it securely.

Store Ball Caps in Bins

Hats in bin

While spring cleaning, I added this feature to our mudroom.  It’s a simple over-sized bin which sits on top of our ClosetMaid Stackable Shoe Organizer.  This system really works for us.  When we come home, the boys can simply take off their hats, and leave them in the bin.  When we are ready to leave, the hats are right there by the door. We love the deep size of this bin, and it comes in many colors which you can see here: ClosetMaid Bin

Closetmaid Bin

Right now, we have about 8 or 10 hats in the bin, but we could fit many more.  It’s spring, so many of them are baseball caps.  In the fall, I’ll take out the caps with football teams on them.  The baseball themed caps will go in a box stored in the coat closet.  Pretty simple, right?

Happy organizing!

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15 Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

Are you trying to figure out what to buy for Mother’s Day?  Look no further.  We’re here to help with a simple strategy and 15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma.

How to Select a Mother’s Day Gift

Set a budget.  At least have a price range in mind.  Do you want to spend:

under $10
$10-$25
$25-$50
$50-$100
Over $100

Think about what mom likes to do:

What are her hobbies?
Does she have any favorite snacks?
Where does she like to shop or dine out?
Is there something that could make mom’s life easier?

Now you’re ready to scan through our list of ideas.

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How to Select a Mother's Day Gift: 15 Mothers Day Gift Ideas

15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #1: Chocolate

Lindt Chocolate Swiss Luxury Selection

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #2: Vera Bradley: purse, eyeglass case, or tote – available in various patterns

Vera Bradley Little Crossbody

Vera Bradley Double Eye Case


Vera Bradley Tote

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #3: Flowers

Bouquet from local florist.  This flower arrangement is a simple mix of peach roses, yellow daisies, lavender spider mums and radiant orchid carnations.  The purple and white gingham check bow adds a lovely touch to this bouquet.

15 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

Hanging basket:

  • Wave petunias,
  • Martha Washington Geranium, or
  • Begonias

They are all great choices.

Perennial that mom can plant in the flower bed and enjoy year after year.

  • Phlox
  • Japanese Iris
  • Roses

Trees or bushes

  • Lilac bush
  • Weeping Cherry Tree
  • Magnolia Tree

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #4: Electronics

 Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa

 Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

Samsung Chromebook Laptop

  • Cell phone
  • Ipad
  • Ipod

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #5: Jewelry

You can’t go wrong with an aqua blue box from Tiffany’s.

  • Silver charm necklace
  • Bracelet

Or something from your local jeweler

  • Ring with birthstones of children
  • Necklace with pendant
  • Earrings

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #6: Gift Card

Amazon.com Gift Card in a Black Gift Box

  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Clothing store
  • ITunes

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #7: Pictures

  • Family portrait for your mom
  • Take a few candid pictures of your kids.  Put them in a frame for your wife.

Hobby Items: What does you mom, grandmother, or wife like to do in her spare time?

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #8: Gardening Supplies

Garden Tote and 6 Hand Tools

Garden Scooter

Solar-Powered LED Garden Lights

  • Tools (gloves, shovel, trowel, cart to sit on)
  • Statue
  • Seeds or plants

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #9: Genealogy / Family History

  • Subscription to Ancestry.com
  • Subscription to Newsbank.com
  • Book to write down family history
  • Subscription to Family Tree Magazine

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #10: Photography

  • Software program to organize pictures
  • Camera
  • Camcorder

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #11: Reading

  • Gift card to Barnes and Noble
  • Newest book written by her favorite author

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #12: Scrapbooking

  • Album to keep finished pages
  • Supplies: paper, pens, stickers
  • Special tools: Cricut Paper Cutter

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #13: Sports / Outdoor Activities

Running, boating, swimming, camping, tennis, golf, beach bum

  • New gear or equipment: tennis racquet, clubs, balls
  • Kayak
  • Clothing / sneakers
  • Beach bag with new towel, flip flops and sunscreen

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #14: Non-Commercialized Ideas

  • Breakfast in bed
  • Hand-made card
  • Drawing from children
  • Homemade cookies or cake

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Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

Printable Household Checklist for May

The month of May is a busy time around the house.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for May.  We’ve also included checklists, printables and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Household Items to Handle in May

Maintenance

  • Spring cleaning (Use Separate Spring Cleaning Checklists)
  • Put away winter clothes; bring out summer clothes (if applicable)

Outdoors

  • Plant a vegetable and flower garden
  • Plant flowers in containers

Do-It-Yourself or Schedule

  • Open the pool
  • Apply grub preventer to lawn
  • Apply new mulch to landscaped areas of yard
  • Assess and trim hazardous trees

Money

  • Plan summer vacation
  • Shopping: Spring and summer clothes for family

Meal Planning

  • Host or attend Mother’s Day event
  • Plan upcoming events such a Memorial Day cookout and Father’s Day
  • Plan birthday parties in June

 

Details on May Projects

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Printable Household Checklist for May

Printable Household Checklist for May

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for May:

Household Checklist for May

By scheduling time to handle these items in May, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Plan Summer Calendar

It’s Time to Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

Planning your summer calendar can seem like a big challenge, especially if you have several people in your family.  In a day and age when there are so many software programs and apps to stay organized, planning your entire summer electronically may pose a challenge.  When it comes to planning the months of June, July and August, it’s back to basics here at Running A Household.  Check out our simple, yet practical method to organize and plan your summer calendar.

Time Management: Setting Summer Priorities

First, gather your thoughts on what you want to do this summer.  We’ve made this easy for you, with our printable Summer Priorities Chart.  Break down your ideas into four categories:

  • Activities to Do (Baseball games, Sports Camp)
  • Vacations to Take
  • Friends to See (Pick 3-4 and schedule dinner or an activity)
  • Things to Do (Plant a blueberry bush, organize garage, stain the deck)

Click on the chart below to print your copy:

Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

For further details on using our Summer Priorities Chart, be sure to read our article: Time Management: Setting Summer Priorities

Starting to Organize and Plan Your Summer Calendar

Next, it’s time to organize and schedule your summer calendar.  Start by printing a blank calendar for the months of June, July and August.  Just click on the calendar below to print.

Plan Summer Calendar

Plan Summer Calendar

Plan Summer Calendar

Once your blank calendars are printed, it’s time to start scheduling your summer days.  You’ll want to grab a pencil to enter the following information:

1.  Mark down your vacation days.

2.  Block off any commitments already made. This may include:

    • Weddings
    • Sports camps
    • Long weekends
    • Birthdays

3.  Use your Summer Priorities Chart to fill in the rest.

When your summer calendar is complete, you can post it in a central location for the family to use.  Or, if you prefer to have your calendar electronically, just enter the information into your regular electronic calendar system.

Happy planning!

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