Time to Address Clean Up Inside & Outside Your Home

It’s that time of year to start focusing
on getting your home clean and organized
– inside and outside. Whether you want to
deep clean, declutter or organize, here are
some quick and easy tips to help you accomplish
your Spring Cleaning goals. Now is the
time to make sure that your parking area and
outside areas are in compliance with your
communities rules and regulations.
• Make a schedule: Evaluate your home and
what areas need the most work. Focus on
what you skip over during routine cleanings
and what you have put off until another time
in your outside carport and landscaped areas,
and start there. Having a plan on what room
and what outside storage and landscape areas
to clean first will keep you focused on the
task at hand.
• De-clutter: Studies have shown that
decluttering makes you more efficient and
keeps you organized. A disorganized home,
porch, storage sheds and carports adds to
your stress level and can take a toll on your
health. In some cases clutter becomes a trip
hazard to you and your family and guests. You
may be surprised at how refreshed you feel
after eliminating clutter from your life – both
inside and outside your home.
• Always Work from Top to Bottom and
Don’t Forget Walls and Windows: People
always remember to clean their floors, but
often forget about the walls and windows.
Keep in mind, not all dust settles on the floor.
When it comes to the windows, hot soapy
water and a squeegee works great, and don’t
forget to remove and wipe down the window
screens outside.
• Kitchen and Bathroom: Clean out the
pantry and refrigerator (throwing out old
items) and clean the appliances inside &
out. In bathrooms be sure to throw away old
toiletries and expired cosmetics.

It’s the Peak of Cold and Flu Season, Are you prepared?

In the United States, flu season occurs in the Fall and Winter.  Influenza viruses circulate year-round, but most flu activity peaks between December and February, and can last as late as May.

The Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs.  It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.   The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine, but is the vaccine right for you?  

The CDC recommends that you should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community.  It takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.  The CDC also recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.  Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complication from influenza, such as children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and pregnant women.

As an added convenience, many drug stores and retail outlets provide flu shots.  It is easy to simply get a flu shot during your shopping trip!   For more information regarding the flu vaccine, contact your physician.

Source:  cdc.gov/flu

Thank Goodness for Community Rules

It is hard to imagine a mobile home park or manufactured housing community that does not have rules because in such a place there would be dogs running around off leases, cars parked in fire lanes preventing emergency vehicle access, signs posted everywhere, landscaping overtaking neighbor’s home sites, loud music and parties would go throughout the day and night, and on and on. 

When you think a rule in your community is may not needed, think again.  There are very good reasons for every rule and policy and the primary reason is to protect your quality of life and that of your neighbors.  It is very important to be aware of your community rules and regulations and to adhere to them.  It makes life a whole lot easier!