Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ten Easy Spring Cleaning Tips

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. 

10. Set Reasonable Goals and Remember to Have Fun! - Start off your Spring Cleaning project with a plan.  Jot down the rooms and areas of the home that really need a good scrubbing and go from there.  Set goals for each room and estimate a reasonable time to complete them in.  Involve the kids and other family members to help divide up the work.  Remember to have fun, you are going to have a clean and organized home when it's all said and done!

To kick off the Spring Cleaning Season, I am personally giving away three of my favorite Method Cleaning products! - GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED -

  • Method's All Purpose Cleaner with Powergreen Technology
  • Method's Glass and Surface Cleaner
  • Method's Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner
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  1. Karen,
    I found your blog years ago...don't know how or where and i follow you on twitter now too.

    Anyhow, I wanted to tell you that since you're sponsoring the giveaway...go to Target for the cleaning supplies because they are on sale this week! You can also get a printable coupon for the seventh generation products that are also on sale.

    If you haven't tried the method wood cleaner, try smells like almond. I like the liquid concentrate method cleaner too (though not all targets carry this). They used to have a 7th generation one that I loved and stopped selling it so the method one is the closest I have found.

    I love the seventh generation toilet bowl cleaner too. The method stainless steel cleaner is great.

    I try to make some things from scratch at home, but i don't think they clean as well.

    i just came across some shaklee products (you order online) and the stuff can last forever. I've gotten some Basic G which is like lysol but you mix it and put it in a spray bottle so I'm loving the non-aersol can. Yes, during cold and flu season i go through the lysol (maybe it's a nervous tick). I also use it spray out laundry baskets that hold the dirty clothes especially the towels after I empty them and wash the clothes. I like the shaklee scour stuff and the basic concentrate. I do not like any chemical cleaning products now at all...the smells and the way they burn the skin and I worry about them getting to my babies...especially since I have lupus which is likely caused from a virus triggering environmental reactions.

  2. Girl! You've read my mind! I've got some ht spots for sure! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! :)

  3. Just in time for our big move in a month! I wrote a post a few weeks back about how I was going to tackle cleaning and packing at the same time. I've only crossed one thing off my list so far! ha--anyway I have been following your blog for a very long time!! I can't remember how I found it...maybe the bump? lol

    samama8 at gmail dot com

  4. I followed you on twitter.

  5. I grabbed your button and put it on my blog. Should have done that sooner! lol--will you grab mine too?? ;)

  6. I've already been a follower for awhile.

  7. I'm not sure how I found your blog but I do know that I enjoy it.

    I've not tried Method cleaners. Something with a nice smell might give me an incentive to clean!

  8. I have never tried method cleaners either... hmmm... I always loved reading the cleaning and organizing stories because it gets me I just wish I was at home to do it now- while i'm motivated!

  9. LOVE the tips! Thanks!

    Also, I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award! I love reading your blog. Go to my blog to check out the award:

  10. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. I love these tips! Since I'm working from home now, I'm trying to just spend a little time every day cleaning up. Having a "no dishes in the sink" rule has helped us tremendously! If there's a dish in the sink, it means the dishwasher needs to be emptied and reloaded.

  12. I found your blog awhile back, I think through Top Mommy Bloggers or something like that.

  13. I already follow you on Twitter!

  14. I just "liked' you on FB!

  15. I found your blog thru another blog but I can't remember whose. I started following after I realized that you have the same concerns & thoughts on Daycare.
    I am going to be a STAH mom starting next week. We are moving back to my home state to Ranch with my Dad and we have a 6 month old little boy. Please check out my blog: if you want to hear about us adjusting to our new lives, building a house and raising our baby :)

  16. I've been reading your blog for so long I can't remember how I found it! I remember reading before you took your blog break. So happy that you decided to start blogging again!

  17. I'm already a follower of your blog.

  18. I'm already a fan of you on facebook.

  19. See, this is where y'alls weather is better than ours. We RARELY have a day we can open our windows because it's so hot & humid!! I don't remember how I found your blog. I'd love to try the Method products. I've never heard of them.

  20. I've been following for awhile now.

  21. I follow on Twitter.

  22. I've liked you on FB

  23. I have your button on my blog.

  24. We met on the Nest :)

  25. I follow you on Twitter.

  26. I like you on FB :)

    Thanks for the tips!

  27. met you on twitter. I follow your blog.

  28. I liked you on facebook.

  29. I don't remember when I started following you but I do know it was when you were pregnant with Jillian.

    I follow you on twitter too!

    I "Like" Karen at home on Facebook as well!

    And I've never used method products before!

  30. Love Method products and Spring cleaning, that's been me for the last three weeks no joke! Everything must be spotless! Windows are a bear though...

    Great tips, as usual!


  31. Great tips!! I always recommend washing the mattress pad regularly in really hot water to get rid of dust mites (not bed bugs!!!). Blech. I need to get busy on cleaning out the fridge!

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. Hope you had a lovely Easter! :)


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