Spring Cleaning Hacks and Tips
It’s officially Spring (yay!) which means April Showers, May Flowers… and spring cleaning. Sure, hiking, biking, and getting out to play is great and a crucial part of warm weather fun, but Spring cleaning can be a great way to get organized and ready for the fun that this season brings about. Before you shrug it off and swear to clean “next month” (we’ve all been there), check out our Spring cleaning checklist and organizing ideas to help you spring into Spring organized and ready to go.
Some Organizing Ideas:
- Break it up: There’s nothing more overwhelming than a mile-long list of chores, so instead of making one long list, break it down into categories. Tip – organize by room or the type of cleaning you have to do.
- Make a schedule… and stick to it: Unless you live in a studio apartment, chances are, you have a few rooms to clean which could take more than one day. Make yourself a realistic schedule, breaking things down by day, so you have an organized schedule of when everything needs to get done.
- Don’t be a hoarder: If you’re cleaning out your closets, drawers, desk, etc., think realistically about what you actually need. Haven’t worn that sweatshirt in five years? Donate/toss it! Forgot about those pants you bought two months ago? Return them, and watch the space in your closet magically reappear.
- Enlist a special helper: Kids may hate cleaning, but if you let this replace their chores for the week or incentivize them with a little extra allowance money, chances are, you might have a right-hand helper.
- Make a checklist: Right along with your schedule, make a Spring cleaning checklist with everything you might anticipate needing to do. The best part? That feeling you get as you check, cross off, or slash straight through each bullet on the list. The real best part? Crossing off the last thing. Oh, sweet satisfaction!
Helpful Hacks Spring Cleaning Tips:
- Use lemons to steam-clean the microwave and to remove tough shower/sink stains- the acid from the lemons break down the muck.
- For a stink-free trash can, sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom
- Shine any dull stainless steel appliances using baby oil on a dry cloth
- Mop grimy floors with a mixture of half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and one gallon of water.
- Fight mold with tea tree oil by combining 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water and spritzing anything moldy. Wipe away the mold with a bristled brush or steel wool.
- Use vinegar and baking soda to get oil-based stains out of carpeting
- Remove pesky stains on stove grates using ammonia
- Clean/shine small appliances using cream of tartar
Get the Kids Excited: To make Spring Cleaning a little less of a chore for you, make it a family event and get the kids involved. To get them excited about it, you can offer them a reward after (maybe ice cream or a GoGo squeeZ after they finish) and you can turn the cleaning into a game by having a competition for who can make their window the shiniest or who can clean up all the toys the fastest.
Green Cleaning: Green cleaning products are trendy right now, but they can also be pretty pricey. What most people don’t know is that you can replace traditional cleaning products with your own homemade concoctions using simple ingredients. Check out some of our favorites:
Having trouble making a checklist for yourself? We have you covered. Download our Spring cleaning checklist here.
What is your favorite part of Spring? Share with us in the comments below.