Deep Clean The House

As spring approaches, you're probably gearing up for that annual top-to-bottom home and garden refresh. Whether you prefer to tackle spring cleaning with a plan in hand or you're hoping to squeeze a few makeover projects in between the time you'll be spending outdoors, there are a few simple ways to get it all done (while also minimizing your impact on the environment). In the event that you're looking to do a total makeover, we've also rounded up a few items that add long-lasting value to any space. Read on for a few quick and easy ways to clean and refresh those trouble spots-in a day or less.


Start with the Dirtiest Areas First

Ever wonder how professional house cleaners finish so fast-and do it so well? Dust from the top down, so you can sweep up (and not just stir up) what settles on the ground with a vacuum, before wiping down the floors. Also, scrub dirtiest to cleanest. In the bathroom, for instance, wipe down the toilet, add bowl cleaner, and prop the brush under the seat to let it drip dry. Then, spritz the tub or shower with cleaner and let it sit; spray and wipe down the sink and counters. Go back to spritz and wipe the toilet exterior, swipe and rinse the shower, and finish with the floor. In the kitchen, start with the stove and counters.

Keep Out Dirt, Too

To prevent it (or sand) from crossing your threshold, along with bacteria and chemicals, take off your shoes and wipe your pet's paws. Washing your hands as soon as you enter your place is also a good way to head off germs, says Becky Rapinchuk, author of "Clean Mama's Guide to a Healthy Home."

Declutter at the Door

If you don't let unnecessary papers and mail into your home, they can't pile up and give you agita. "To the motto 'reduce, reuse, recycle,' add 'refuse,'" advises ShiSiu, author of "Zero Waste." Unsubscribe from junk mail (you can do so at, then put a lidded recycling basket in your entryway or mudroom to intercept the rest.

WFH: the new norm

Working From Home Tips:

  • Set firm work hours — it can be easy to slack off in the privacy of your own home and lose track of time. Some people think that working from home means working less, but it's very frequently working more. 
  • Create a dedicated workspace — set aside one room or at least a portion of a room that is all business, and only business. 
  • Figure out your work style — do you like to pound out work in silence, have the news playing on Alexa or listen to your favorite 90s band in the background? Recreating your typical office environment at home really helps keep your schedule on track throughout your day.
  • Wakeup and Makeup — shower, put your face on and get dressed just like you would when you go to the office. It really helps keep your routine more normal. 
  • Take breaks — we recommend doing 60-90 minutes of work and then a 20-minute break. Use an app like Focus Keeper helps keep you on track so you know when it's time to take a break. 
  • Stay active — remind yourself to get up and stretch, do some yoga or a workout video or even take a short walk around your block.
  • Communicate — make an effort to be more active in communicating with your coworkers and managers. Set up virtual office hours for people to get in touch or even hold a virtual coffee beak or virtual lunch to keep the office vibes going. 

*From Kanoosh

A note from the Wainwright House in Rye: As we all settle in and hunker down to #flattenthecurve, the need for connection, support and community feels more important than ever. 

Our team is committed to getting more classes and programs online and we will share updates as they become available.

 In the meantime, check out these (online) classes:

  • Thursday, 10-11am Kundalini Yoga with Kiret Deva Kaur 
  • Friday, 9-10am Basic Yoga Flow with Iekelien Buurman
  • Saturday, 10-10:30 Mindfulness Meditation with Jackie Berner