Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spring Cleaning Hacks and Hints

Spring cleaning has existed since ancient Jewish times when during the week after Passover, observant Jews did a thorough cleaning to rid the house of anything containing yeast, which was forbidden during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Early Christians continued the tradition during the week between Palm Sunday and Easter.  In recent times, cleaning is done in the Spring in celebration of the end of winter when we can throw open our windows as we wash them and sweep away the dust of winter doldrums.

Everyone knows spring cleaning requires sweeping, vacuuming, washing walls and windows. Here are some extra jobs made extra easy with tried and true hacks collected from across the internet.

Clean the inside of your microwave by putting a microwave safe bowl with two cups of water, two tablespoons of white vinegar and a few drops of essential oil in the microwave. Turn it on for five minutes, leave it sit a few minutes and then just wipe it clean with a damp towel.toaster

Clean anything stainless steel with a mix of one tablespoon of cream of tartar and enough water to make a milky solution. Rub the solution onto what you are cleaning and wipe away. It clears away dirt and buildup and leaves the metal sparkling clean.

Clean your garbage disposal by throwing a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes into the disposal and run it until the drain is clear.

Lazy Susan in fridgeClean your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda. Put a cup of vinegar on the top shelf of the dishwasher and run it on the hottest cycle. Then sprinkle a cupful of baking soda on the bottom and run it through a short but complete cycle using the hottest water.

Organize your refrigerator with a Lazy Susan or two. Visit your favorite housewares store and choose a Lazy Susan that fits your most cluttered refrigerator or pantry shelves. Save money by eliminating those forgotten left overs and prevent spills from containers that constantly get knocked over.

Organize your cleaning supplies by installing tension rods in your Tension Rod bottlescabinets and hanging all of your spray bottles. It double your storage area and makes finding your cleaning supplies quick and easy. No more emptying the cabinet to find what you need.

Save money and dust with fabric softener sheets instead of those expensive dusting cloths. Don’t forget to dust from top to bottom to avoid having to dust some areas twice.

Use coffee filters to clean television and computer screens, as well as, windows and other glass surfaces. They don’t leave lint, yet absorb like crazy.

happy SpringIf you have an unfortunate accident while painting near carpet, don’t panic. Grab a butter knife and nail polish remover to remove the paint. Your carpets will look great again.

Once the chores are done, go out and enjoy your time in the sun before you are driven back inside to escape the heat.




The View from 101 York – March 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

March 5, 2016

Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Elmhurst’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is recognized as the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Chicago area. Featuring over 80 floats, marching units, Irish Dancers, the Medinah Clowns and a host of other organizations, along with our own York High School marching band, watch for LW Reedy’s contribution to the parade as we sponsor one of the most iconic events of the year. The parade steps off at Wilson Street and Spring Road at 12:00 pm and proceeds north on Spring Road to the train tracks. It’s fun for the whole family and it’s free!

March 5, 2016

Stone Setting Workshop


Visit the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art and learn how to create your own jewelry with cut or rough stones using wire wrap, prong or bezel settings. Karen Davé and Pat Koko will help participants create their own pieces of jewelry to take home. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. The cost for the workshop is $25 each and runs from 1:00 until 3:00 pm. All materials are included. Reservations are required so please call (630) 833-1616.


2015 8th Annual GFF Save the Date Card Front 3_5x5 V2-B-II PrintMarch 10 – 12, 2016

9th Annual Geneva Film Festival

This annual festival provides technical workshops for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Take in a variety of independent films and screenplays, and meet other sophisticated people with an interest in this exciting medium. For a list of screened films with times and locations, please click here.


March 13, 2016

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Enjoy this masterpiece by Mendelssohn as performed by telijahhe Apollo Chorus of Chicago with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. This performance features well-known vocal artists Gerard Sundberg, Kelsey Park, Michelle Areyzaga and Patrick Muehleise. Once again hosted by the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church at 149 W Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst, tickets are $32 for adults.  Behind the Music Stand with Ted Hatmaker begins at 1:45 with the performance starting at 3:00 pm.


March 20, 2016Wilder-Mansion bridal

Wilder Mansion Bridal Show

If you know someone who has a walk down the aisle in their future, bring them to the Wilder Mansion on March 20th. From invitations to make-up artists and photographers, this is an easy way to tie up all the loose ends. The event is free and open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, call (630) 993-8186 or click here to register.


March 20, 2016

Underwater Egg Hunt

Take a different approach to Easter Egg hunting this Underwater-Eggyear and dive into the Courts Plus Pool in search of treasure. Come to the pool at 3:30 pm ready to swim with a waterproof basket and towel. The event is free for Courts Plus Members, $2.50 for children who are not members and $10 for adult non-members. Click here  to register.


March 24, 2016

Flashlight Egg Hunt in Wilder ParkDark-Egg-Hunt

Especially for kids 11 to 16, this is a fun twist for those older kids who still want to believe in the Easter Bunny. Bring your favorite basket and a flashlight to Wilder Park a little before 8:00 pm so that you don’t miss out on the best treats. There is no fee and no registration required.


March 26, 2016

Easter Extravaganza at Wilder Park

The Elmhurst Park District has activities planned all SPringmorning for your fans of the Easter Bunny. First up is an Easter Egg Hunt. Bring a basket for your goodies and a camera to record your visit with the Easter Bunny. The hunt starts at 10:00 am sharp. Don’t forget Fido. His turn comes at 10:30 am. After you’re done with the hunt, head over to City Centre where there are activities planned in the square. Welcome Spring with this fun celebration.