5 Tips for Spring Cleaning

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It's that time, to do some spring cleaning in the home. No one is so eager to do this task, let me say, no one that I particularly know. Spring cleaning can be done without feeling overwhelmed and/or make you want to give up mid-way through and just shove everything back in your closets, cabinets or underneath your bed (shhhhh, I won't tell if you don't).

Last month, I decided to do some spring cleaning in my bedroom to start off because that's the room where I spend most of my time in. I really wanted a wardrobe makeover for the spring so my philosophy that I use in order to go shopping for clothes, is to make room for the new clothes by either tossing clothes in the trash or if their of some good, donating them to the shelter where I work. Which leads me to my first tip:

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1. Toss or donate: You can easily toss things into the garbage but always think about the less fortunate and find ways to donate those items that serve no more use in your closet or life.

You can always donate children's toys that's still in good shape but maybe your child has just outgrown those toys.

2. Clean one room at a time: Instead of trying to clean your whole house at one time, considering do a week long spring cleaning and commit to a room a day. If you're going to use this method, consider mixing bigger cleaning jobs with smaller cleaning jobs. For example, clean out your closet (a big cleaning job) on Saturday and on Sunday, clean your bathroom medicine cabinet or junk drawer (a smaller cleaning job)...... I know I'm not the only person with a junk drawer lol.

3. Think green: Recycle whenever you can. Don't expose yourself, children and pets to toxic chemicals from using harmful products. Wear masks especially in those heavy dust areas like basements or attics to avoid your allergies from flaring up or worse, you inhale airborne toxins. Steam clean as much as possible it's 100% natural to use and chemical free. Remember when you're cleaning, use the top to bottom method also.

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4. Make it a team project: We all dread spring cleaning the kitchen. Make it fun by giving tasks to the whole family or add some wine and food and ask your homegirls to come over and help you out. Don't forget to turn the stereo up loud so you can dance and be silly while you're cleaning to make it F-U-N!!!!!!!!

Here are some cool tips I found on sylvane.com to clean your kitchen:

  • wipe down your cabinets

  • Go through your pantry and refrigerator. Wipe down the shelves, and throw away any old items.

  • If you have stainless steel appliances, be sure to use gentle cleaners or a steam cleaner to avoid scratching or other issues.

  • Clean your microwave by heating lemon juice and rinds in water.

5. Use coffee filters to clean all tv and computer monitors: I found this tip online and had to share it here. For us coffee lovers, we can now use those filters which has soft fibers in them to gently wipe and clean our monitors. If you're a Keurig type of gal like me, no worries, you can buy coffee filters for dirt cheap at your local dollar store.

Don't be afraid or put off spring cleaning off any longer, grab your gloves, buckets, family and friends and do some much needed cleaning. Marcelene Cox says that, "Housekeeping is like being caught in a revolving door." So do your due diligence this spring and get to cleaning!!!

What are some tips that you can share in the comments to help others spring clean?