The days are longer and the weather is getting warmer. Winter has faded into spring, bringing a desire to open the windows, get outside and freshen up our homes. Take the weekend to rejuvenate your home and join me and the rest of the nation in Spring Cleaning. There are a ton of cleaning checklists out there, but I've compiled my top 10 favorite tips to help make your life a little easier -
- Set small, attainable goals. Let's get real, unless you have a few helpers you probably wont be able to knock off everything from your wish list. So, start small and prioritize so you are less likely to get burnt out.
- Restock your cleaning supplies cabinet. Throw out any empty bottles that have started to pile up and go to the store to buy any cleaning essentials that are running low. See the Martha Stewart-approved list of cleaners.
- Take a serious look at your closet. Try to limit yourself to only 40 or 50 hangers. Pack away those heavy winter sweaters and donate clothing items you haven’t wore in the last year.
- Before you start the deep clean on your bedroom, make the bed first. This will help you see the vision of what a clean room can look like! If you are allergy-prone, then do the vacuuming and dusting in the morning so any dust has time to settle before bedtime.
- Run a power strip through the back of a nightstand into the inside of a drawer so you can charge your gadgets out of sight.
Use fabric softener sheets to dust. They are a cheap substitute for electrostatic cloths, and they work just as well. You can also use orphaned socks as a mitten to dust tight areas and blinds. Work top to bottom when dusting to avoid wasting time going over surfaces twice.
Wash your windows on a cloudy day. Sunshine will cause your windows to dry too quickly, leaving streaks. For a fast homemade window-washing solution, mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water. The less stinky solution is to add one teaspoon of mild dish washing liquid to two gallons of water.
Use a lemon to clean stainless steel. Cut a lemon in half and rub it on your appliances to remove hard water stains and rust from any stainless steel in the bathroom or kitchen. The fresh, citrus scent is a bonus.
- Clean out your kitchen cabinets. Wash the shelves and replace any shelf liner that has come up. Try to limit your dish sets to two or three times the required daily place settings. Put additional dishes in storage so you can pull them out when company comes.
Disinfect your sponge. If you have a big job to do and only one sponge to do it with (gasp!), freshen things up halfway through by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute.