Spring is finally here and I don't know about you but I am so ready to open up all the windows in our home and air out all of the dust and germs that have been lurking around here all Winter long. I am also ready to tackle those pesky dust bunnies that keep jumping out at me from under the beds and lurking in the dark corners of our home. To help get you started, I put together a few helpful tips to make tackling those Spring Cleaning projects a little bit easier.
1. Tackle Your Homes Hot Spots First - Every home has it's trouble areas. I know ours is our kitchen table and kitchen counter right by the phone. These areas ALWAYS seem to have junk mail, a random baby toy, cell phone charges, and receipts, all just scattered around. Our laundry room and my night stand also always seem to attract clutter too. And clutter always seems to attract more clutter. I try to clean these areas up every day but it's hard to always stay on top of it. If you have these troubled areas in your home, try purchasing baskets or storage organizers to keep nearby on a shelf or in a closet to help corral the clutter.
2. Take Inventory of Your Cleaning Products and Supplies - Before getting started on your cleaning marathon, reviewing your inventory of cleaning supplies to see what you have and what you will need to purchase. Nothing is more frustrating than to start cleaning only to find that you’re already out of your favorite anti-bacterial cleaner. You will certainly lose your cleaning mojo in a flash. Every since Jillian started crawling, I have also been trying to replace cleaning products for flooring with vinegar or more Eco-friendly products. This gives me a little more peace of mind watching her crawl all over the floors all day long.
3. Tackle One Area at a Time - Pick up and eliminate clutter in each room before you get started. This way you get a quick overview of the room to see where your dirty areas really are. Keep a few boxes and trash bags handy for items that are to be thrown away or can be donated. Put away items in their rightful places in other rooms or in storage organizers.
4. Organize and Clean Out Your Pantry - I always feel good when my pantry is cleaned and organized. Not only will having a clean and organized pantry put you in the mood to cook in your kitchen, a thorough decluttering of old pantry items will also help ensure that the food you prepare is fresh. Get started by creating a clean, organized storage space with these kitchen pantry cleaning ideas. First, clear absolutely everything out. Put your items in boxes and set them aside if you feel this may take some time to tackle. Second, scrub down your shelving and walls. Wipe down every surface from floor to ceiling, clearing away all dust, bugs, and dirt. Finally, dust off or wipe down spice containers and canned goods. Before you put anything back in the pantry, every item should be clean and wiped down. Lastly, sort all of your items. While you’re clearing and cleaning the kitchen pantry, take time to look at your inventory. Sort through the items, and get rid of any food that is past the expiration date. You will feel so much better working with a clean and organized pantry!!
5. Freshen Your Bed Linens- I know after a long winter, our comforter is starting to look a little on the dingy side. I am really hoping I saved the tag and that it reads 'Washine Washable'. If not, it's going to be shipped off to the dry cleaner here very soon. I also plan on washing the mattress pad and throw pillow coverings. If you don't feel comfortable washing your bedding or fabrics, spray them lightly with a fabric refresher like Febreeze or Downy Wrinkle Release for a little freshening up.
6. Wash Your Windows - My windows are really starting to look very streaky and dirty after this long winter. I am even starting to spot a little dirty hand print or two from a certain cutie. That spring sunshine is just not shining as brightly through the windows as it should be, so a thorough cleaning of all of our windows both inside and out is in order. An easy tip to washing windows is to pick a cloudy day. If it's too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too quickly and cause streaks. Another window washing tip is to use a squeegee. The key is to drag the squeegee horizontally on the outside of the window and vertically on the inside of the window. That way if you see streaks, you will know if they are coming from the outside or the inside!!
7. Shake Out or Replace Your Throw Rugs - Gather up your throw rugs and take them outside for a good shake. Then air them out outside on a clothesline or railing for several hours. I know our throw rugs in front of our main doors have really take a beating with all the snow and salt this Winter. If they are looking like they have seen better days, it's probably time to replace them with some pretty Spring rugs.
8. Purge your closet - Every Spring I love to take my Spring and Summer clothes out from the back of my closet and move them up to the front. I always take advantage of this seasonal switcheroo to take a look at my Winter clothes and to assess what I really wore this year and to also look at my Spring clothes to see if this is something that I can see myself wearing in the next few months. If I don't, then I put them into a garbage bag to giveaway to The Salvation Army or the Goodwill. A good rule of thumb that I use is that if I haven't worn it in the last two years, then I probably won't wear it again. I try to ask myself why I am really still hanging on to it. Definitely get rid of items that no longer fit, are faded, or stained. Celebrate your newly cleaned out closet by buying something fun and new!
9. Clean Your Baseboards and Corners - You may overlook these surfaces on a daily basis, but once a year, give your baseboards, door frames, and walls a through cleaning. Run your vacuum attachment over your baseboards and into wall crevices between your baseboards and your rugs first to get rid of any excess dust and dirt. Then wash your baseboards and door frames with a sponge and a little dish washing detergent mixed with a little warm water. A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or even a baby wipe helps wipe those scuff marks off the walls.
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