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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know I’ve been working on de-cluttering our home in preparation for an eventual move. Even if you aren’t preparing for a move spring is a great time to do some spring-cleaning. Do you have clothes cluttering up your closet? Clothes that you’re just hanging on to because of a memory associated with them? Or perhaps it’s a favorite pair of jeans that used to fit and almost fits now but you haven’t worn them for ages. I have numerous things in my closet that I haven’t worn in some time for various reasons. For example a sweater that my mom knit more than 50 years ago! That is so hard for me to throw out but I haven’t worn it in years. Maybe it’s time to donate?

 

I’ve read about tips like putting your clothes on hangers and then hanging the hangers backwards in your closet. After a year throw out all the clothes that you haven’t touched and the hangers are still backwards! Great idea but I’ve never done it.

 

Recently a company called Tommy John created this amazing graphic to help you purge your closet of unwanted clothes. Tommy John is a men’s underwear company, but the graphic works equally as well for a woman! If I follow these simple steps I will definitely have fewer clothes hanging in my closet! I love the fact that I can answer a few simple yes and no questions and have a cleaner closet! I definitely hold on to too many clothes.spring cleaning

 

How is your closet? Do you regularly clean it out and get rid of or donate clothes you don’t wear? I’m not encouraging you to go spend more, but to take the steps to have a manageable wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s that time of year again: spring cleaning. Spring cleaning offers us a wonderful opportunity for us to clean out our homes and hit those spots that we normally overlook in our everyday house cleaning. And while it can sound like a daunting task, the truth is that spring cleaning gets a whole lot easier when you have a checklist to help keep you going. In addition to typical house cleaning chores and creating that donations box, here is a list of 20 big items that you’ll want to hit to get your home sparkling as the weather warms up. So open up your windows to let in some fresh air, and let’s get started!Cleaning supplies and equipment

  1. Baseboards

Use a mini handheld broom or a clean paintbrush to wipe dust away from your baseboards, following up with a damp cloth and a mild detergent or specialized wood cleaner. Use a cotton swab to get into corners as needed.

  1. Carpet

You probably mop your wood or tile floors on a regular basis, but what about your carpet? This is a good time to shampoo your carpet. Since this is probably the biggest task on this list, so it’s best to set aside a day for it. First, clear all furniture out of the room to be cleaned, and then head to your local hardware store to rent a carpet cleaning machine. Next, treat problem areas with a carpet stain remover spray. Then follow up with a carpet cleaning machine that has been filled with specialized carpet cleaner. You’ll have to wait as long as 24 hours for your carpet to be completely dry.

  1. Window treatments

Now is a good time to clean your shutters, blinds, or shades as well as any curtains you may have. Shutters and blinds are best dry dusted with a microfiber cloth, with any spots cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent as needed. Cloth shades can be vacuumed with a soft brush attachment, and then spot cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent just as with shutters and blinds. For curtains, this is a good time to do a special load of laundry—just be sure to check care instructions first.

  1. Bedding

Don’t forget to wash less frequently washed pieces of bedding as well—including bedspreads, mattress covers, duvets, and even comforters and pillows. (You’re already washing your sheets and pillowcases regularly, right?) Go ahead and vacuum your mattress while you’re at it.

  1. Household linens

Finally, while you’re on a laundry kick, you’ll want to wash those other household linens that don’t see much washing, including blankets, pillow covers, tablecloths, linen napkins, and cloth placemats. As always, check the care instructions for each item before you throw it in the wash.

  1. Wood furniture

Caring for wood furniture need not be an arduous task here—just be sure to dust your wood furniture using a clean microfiber cloth and then to spot clean with a specialized wood cleaner as needed.

  1. Upholstered furniture

Then you have your upholstered furniture—leather sofas,  chairs, tufted headboards, etc. Start by vacuuming these using a soft brush attachment. Be sure to get in the crevices here, removing cushions as you clean. To clean any spots, use a mild detergent (such as a dish soap and water solution) with a microfiber cloth, and refrain from using too much water. Note that leather tends to be easier to clean, and thus you likely won’t need to use detergent on spots.sofa cleaning

  1. Fridge

Start by taking everything out of your refrigerator and freezer and disposing of any expired food items. (Defrost your freezer as you do this.) Then, remove your shelves and drawers and soak them in warm water and dish soap. Use a dish soap/water solution to wipe down the fridge’s interior, and remove any stubborn stains with baking soda. Go ahead and vacuum the coils while you’re at it.

  1. Oven

Remove any removable parts from your oven and either wash them by hand or put them through the dishwasher. Wipe down the outside of the oven as needed to remove any stubborn stains and spills. Then clean the inside of your oven by removing the shelves and coating the inside surfaces with a baking soda/water paste (steering clear of heating elements) and letting it sit overnight. After 12 hours, you should be able to wipe out the paste with a damp cloth and then spray any baking soda residue with some vinegar to gently remove it.

  1. Washer and dryer

While you’re on your appliances, get your washer and dryer as well. For your washer, this means removing dispensers and clearing all soap residue, and then running your washer on the hottest, longest setting with one cup of bleach. Note: Let the washer sit with the bleach added for one hour before running. Then follow up with a cycle of just hot water. For your dryer, this means removing your lint trap and cleaning it thoroughly under running water, and then vacuuming inside the area where the lint trap resides. Wipe down the outsides of these appliances and vacuum behind them as needed.

  1. Windows

It’s time to wash your windows from both the inside and the outside. (This includes those windows on your garage and front door!) This is best done by dipping a sponge in a mild window cleaning solution—such as ½ teaspoon of dish detergent in 1 gallon of water—and wiping down the window surface completely, then using a squeegee horizontally to wipe away the solution from the window surface. Follow up with a microfiber towel to dry as needed.Window, Cleaning, Window Washer.

  1. Garage doors

Many homeowners don’t realize just the wear and tear that garage doors see during the winter months. This is why it’s such a good idea to include your garage door in your spring cleaning. This article has some great tips on inspecting your door, cleaning the tracks, making things run more smoothly, etc.

Guest post by: Maurine Anderson

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and your house is a hot mess. As the year rolls on, things tend to accumulate unnecessarily around the house and week to week cleaning rarely turns into deep cleaning. Now is the time for a little spring cleaning! In addition to general deep cleaning tasks, there are other things you can do to declutter your house and get it ready for the nicer weather. Here are some recommendations to help each room of the house feel sparkling clean and new.

Living Room

Your family spends a lot of time here watching TV, playing games and socializing. There will be plenty to clean. Make sure to focus on these tasks as you clean this room:

  • Dusting: Clean the dust off of pictures, decorations, corners of the wall and ceiling, the ceiling fan, and the entertainment center.

  • Wash doorknobs and light switches.

  • Vacuum and wash couch cushions and covers.

  • Take down and wash draperies, curtains, and blinds.

  • Launder rugs and carpets.

  • Throw away old magazines or newspapers that may have accumulated.girl cleaning sofa

Kitchen

This is a high traffic area. Surfaces in this room pick up a lot of grime. A lot of items in the kitchen go unused and unnoticed for most of the year.

  • Deep clean your large appliances such as the oven, microwave, and refrigerator. (This also includes pulling out the oven and fridge to clean behind and under these appliances).

  • Windows: This is not limited to the windows in the kitchen. Use a solution of two parts water, one part white distilled vinegar to wash windows and create a streak free clean.

  • This is a great time go through your pantry and fridge and throw out old and expired food.

  • Take inventory of novelty appliances you may not use often (or ever) and donate them, so they no longer take up unnecessary room in your limited storage space.

Bathrooms

These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly, but there are still many ways you can spring clean your bathrooms to a new level of freshness.

  • Find ways to store things that usually sit on the counter like lotion and hairspray bottles, brushes, and elastics. Wicker baskets are decorative and functional for this purpose.

  • Go through your medicine cabinet and flush expired medications and throw away old beauty items.

  • Throw out and replace old towels and linens.

  • Give the tile grout a facelift. Cleaning solutions with bleach and a toothbrush can help get the job done.

  • Buy dividers to organize drawers.Rolled towels with wicker basket on shelf of rack background

Bedrooms

Each person’s bedroom may need a different level of cleaning, but decluttering and making each bedroom a haven of peace can be helpful for everyone.

  • Dry clean and launder fall and winter clothing before storing them for the warmer weather.

  • Donate items you do not wear often or at all. Make some room in your closets for new spring and summer clothes!

  • Clean the actual bed, comforter, and pillows. Swap out your warmer linens for lighter, summer appropriate ones.

  • Dust every surface. This will be similar to what was done in the living room.

  • Remove pieces of furniture that are excessive and only add another layer for piling items not put away. This will help remove clutter.

Laundry Room

Throughout the year, your laundry room may not get the attention it deserves. Now is a great time to show it a little love for all the hard work it does for you and your family.

  • Clean dryer vents. This is great for fire protection as well as cleaning.

  • Pull out the washer and the dryer and wipe down all sides.

  • Clean the washer: Run a cycle with distilled white vinegar and hot water to clean out mildew and soap scum.

  • Clean surfaces that you might use for storing cleaning products, folding clothing, or ironing.

Garage

After months of tracking in water, snow, dirt and who knows what else, the weather is now warm enough to give your garage some much needed attention.

  • Start by pulling everything out of the garage. It will be much easier to clean this way.

  • Assess the clutter and throw out items that are broken and donate items you no longer use.

  • Hose down the floor and clean up shelves and windows that may be in your garage.

  • When you move things back in, find better ways to store them such as using the vertical space to store bikes, gardening tools, and other things on the walls, as suggested here. You might also consider adding some storage bins to help contain toys, tools, and other loose items.Neat garage tool hanging storage

Truth be told, spring cleaning is not for the faint of heart. But by taking your house one room at a time, you can conquer the needed cleaning and enjoy the benefits for months to come.

This is a guest post by Alyssa Craig.

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