twelve tips for spring cleaning
We know what you’re thinking…spring cleaning, already?! But according to Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, spring is on its way and we couldn’t be more excited! We see plenty of warm outdoor parties, colorful flowers, sun-filled beach trips and lots of fresh mint lemonade and homemade berry popsicles in our future.
Spring also means we’re excited for Spring Cleaning 2013 too! Call us crazy, but the four of us love keeping our homes organized, clean and easy to manage. We also have a tendency to buy the some of the best cleaning appliances so that we can get our home’s looking as spotless as possible. And if you were to check out some of the products on somewhere like https://www.bissell.com/vacuums/stick-and-cordless-vacuums, you too could have your home looking as amazing as ours. So here are twelve tips that hopefully will help you get your space just as organized, manageable and sparklin’ clean!
– Chai Mommas
- Use baskets to organize your toiletry items. Get rid of products you have not touched for 3 months because chances are 3 months later they are just going to collect more dust.
- Look for unnecessary furniture in your house and sell or donate it. Don’t just keep it because you have it; the more open space you have, the less clutter in your house.
- Get the junk out of your junk drawers. An awesome tip, buy a drawer organizer and put the stuff you really need in that “junk drawer”. If that organizer is overflowing, it’s a clear sign that you need to do some more cleaning. Keep necessities like a notepad, pens, important sets of keys, a pair of scissors and anything else you need on a regular basis.
- Dust books and shelves. Books are a haven for dust and if you have a huge collection like we do, chances are you aren’t reading all those books on a regular basis. Take everything off the shelves and brush the shelves and books with a feather duster. Use the dust-brush or a crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into tight spots. Wipe the shelves clean. Wipe the spines of the books that are leather or heavy fabric bound with a clean, soft cloth.
- Organize your filing cabinet. If you have a home office with filing cabinet of insurance policies, contracts, school forms for kids, etc., it’s a great time to clean out those files and reorganize them to keep them clutter free and up to date.
- Clean computers. My husband is a tech geek so we have a computer/laptop in almost every room of the house. Scrub the casings with a solution of 1 drop of mild dishwashing liquid per 1 quart of water and use a lint free cloth. To dust the crevices in keyboards, use compressed air and cotton swabs. Wipe the screens with a soft cloth or a dry screen cleaning sponge.
- Deep clean your refrigerator by throwing out old or expired food, empty bottles/containers, and every few months, wash the interior with a solution of baking soda and warm water. Wash all the shelving and removable drawers too. Finally, date and open a new box of baking soda and place in fridge to absorb any unwanted odors and for extra freshness.
- Give your dishwasher a thorough cleansing by adding baking soda or plain vinegar while it’s empty and running a hot sanitizing cycle. Wipe the inside dry with a clean, cotton cloth afterwards.
- When you set your clocks ahead, also remember to check and replace, if necessary, the batteries in your smoke detector. This isn’t really a cleaning tip…but a good time to check off your list when you’re already in cleaning mode!
- Get behind the big stuff…which means move your refrigerator (if possible), your sofas, chairs and beds. You don’t realize how much dust is behind there. A vacuum or a broom does the trick. Our vacuum gets all the dirt from around the hose, that’s why it is top-rated!
- Get rid of clothes that have collected dust or smell dusty. So that means if you can’t remember the last time you’ve worn something, it’s probably time to get rid of it or better yet, donate it.
- Clean your gutters. People will quite often overlook their homes’ exteriors when planning their spring cleaning. Cleaning gutters is something that you can have done which will make an instant effect on the overall appearance of a house. Blockages in guttering can look very unsightly and can even cause water damage if left unaddressed too. With services like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Orlando, this danger can be avoided and the curb appeal of your home can be benefited.
- Clean out your garage. It’s difficult to realize how much stuff you keep adding into your garage. Clean and organize the things into two piles: those you do not use and those you do. If you have a lot of things in your garage, but don’t have time to sort through everything just yet, instead of throwing everything away, why not look into companies such as keepsafe, where you will be able to find storage units to store the items from your garage, until you find the time to sort it out. It is definitely better than nothing. Plus, this way, you’ll finally have space in your garage. In addition, sweep the floors…you will be shocked to see just how much dust and gunk has built up.