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Spring Cleaning

Spring has become synonymous with cleaning.  The longer days of sunlight and warmer weather subconsciously remind us it’s time to break out the mops and brooms.  During the winter we get a little stir crazy spending more time indoors, and during the short, darker days, the house gets filled with dust and dirt despite our best efforts.  Spring cleaning has become a movement, a cleansing ritual to help get out of the winter funk and prepare for the the rest of the year. It is good for our health and state of mind.  We open our windows, get rid of junk we never use, and finally clean all of the nooks and crannies we promised ourselves we’d get to eventually.

Spring cleaning can seem a little daunting at first, where do you even being? All you need is some good music, the proper tools, a plan, and soon you’ll have your entire house tackled.  You want to get your house in order as early as possible before you switch over to full-on gardening mode as you get further into spring.  

 

Plan

Cleaning can seem quite overwhelming if you try to tackle the whole house in one day.  Try to go room to room and make a list of what you want to clean, and try to make a reasonable schedule.  Cleaning can be relaxing and fun as long as you don’t stress yourself out by trying to tackle too much at one time.  A good playlist or station is essential to the cleaning process. Upbeat music can help set a good pace and keep your spirits lift as you slowly begin to resemble Pig-pen from the Peanuts.

 

Deep Clean

A good spring clean is more than the weekly chore routine.  This is the time to go crazy and get rid of all of the hidden dirt, dust, and grime in the house.  If you can, open all of the windows! It will help freshen the air, which is much needed when dust and dirt are being stirred up.  Deep cleaning will help with allergies, by getting rid of pet dander, dust, and dirt.

Many cleaning solutions are filled with chemicals, which can be harmful if ingested.  Making your life more “green” is a win-win.  Typically it’s healthier for you and the environment.  Many cleaning solutions are filled with chemicals, which can be harmful if ingested. Supermarkets usually have an “eco swap” for nearly any kind of cleaner you can need.  If you’re really feeling it, you can make easy DIY cleaning solutions for a fraction of the cost, using simple ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.

Here’s a short list of spaces that get overlooked:

  • Mattress: Take off all of the covers and vacuum.  After vacuuming, sprinkle some baking soda, let it sit for a few hours, and then vacuum it up.  Baking soda helps with bacteria and odors.
  • Couch: Remove all of the cushions (if you can) and vacuum away all of the crumbs.
  • Kid’s toys: use soap and water on plastic toys, and throw plush toys into the washer on a gentle setting.
  • Oven & microwave: Most ovens have self-cleaning button.
  • Refrigerator & pantry: Double check expiration dates and clean up any spills.
  • Sinks & faucets: An old toothbrush will work great to scrub away any grime
  • Dust magnets: Light fixtures, blinds, bookshelves, fans.  You’ll be amazed by the amount of dust that sneaks in.
  • Under the furniture: Watch out for dust bunnies!
  • Air vents & air filters: Do the filters need replacing? Air filters can be a major source of allergies if used for too long.

 

Organize

Most people can add a little organization to their lives.  Organization helps reduce anxiety and stress. Clutter can send your brain into overdrive, as there is too much for your brain to focus on.  It’s harder to read a book in a loud environment isn’t it?  You try to focus on the page, but get distracted by the conversations and noises around you.  Organizing helps reduce the “noise” by giving your brain less unnecessary distractions, increasing focus and productivity.

When you’re unorganized and drowning in clutter, everything starts going missing.  You end up being late for an event because you couldn’t find your wallet or keys.  There are so many DIY organizing hacks for every part of your house.  Do a little research and you’ll be amazed by the tips you can find to help get your house in order.  

Try and get rid of anything you don’t use or want.  Finally throw out any containers that don’t have lids.  An old mismatched sock can be turned into a rag with a few snips of a scissor, or an cat or dog toy.  Go through the old junk drawers and only keep what you really need.  Go through your closet and only keep clothes you actually wear.  Your old sweater could be someone’s new sweater if you donate it to a thrift store.  If you have any name brand items you never wear, throw them up on Ebay or Tradesy and get some extra cash to buy something you really love and will wear more often.

 

Spring cleaning is a great way to start the new season off on a good note and is great exercise.  The satisfaction from getting rid of dirt, grime, and clutter will boost your mood. You’ll feel your worries and stress melt as you donate and get rid of things you didn’t know you had!  There are so many ways to get creative with DIY projects to clean and organize, it can quickly become addictive.  You can repurpose many everyday items into master organization tools.  You’ll be surprised by what you find cleaning, maybe something you lost three months ago, or an oddly placed dust bunny. Once the weather warms up and the ground thaws, you can open your pond and enjoy it all season long now that your spring cleaning is finished!

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