Small Spring Cleaning Tips that Make a Big Difference

Spring cleaning doesn’t need to be a herculean task. Sometimes all it takes is a few small changes to make your house (and you) feel like new. Here are some quick and easy solutions that will spring cleaning a breeze.

Spring is here! Time to break out the short sleeve shirts and outdoor grills. And it’s time to finally do all that cleaning you put off all winter. Remember last year, when it took 4 whole days to clean out the garage? We’ve broken your spring cleaning down by room into easy-to-do tasks, so that this year, you’ll be done before you know it.

Kitchen

The quickest way to clean your oven and stovetop
We all know the oven and stovetop can get a little grimy over time if you don’t clean them regularly. Most grandmothers will know about this fast and easy way to clean your oven and stovetop but if didn’t get the memo, we’ll share it with you now! Simply mix white vinegar with baking soda until it makes a foamy paste. Put the paste onto a wet cloth and wipe the whole inside of the oven and stovetop with it. Leave it to dry overnight and then wipe off with warm soapy water the next day. The whole thing should take 30 minutes or less!

Three step fridge rejuvenation

Sure, it’s not exactly in “eyeline” but trust us, cleaning up the inside of the refrigerator will make the kitchen feel brand new.

1. Take out all the food and throw away anything old. Be ruthless, have a garbage bag in one hand and toss anything that looks suspicious with the other. You’ll be surprised how old sauces and pickles can be!

2. With your fridge empty and the crispers out, have a bucket of hot soapy water (dish soap is fine) and wipe over all of the surfaces. Believe it or not, this is the quickest part.

3. Create your dream refrigerator. Organize everything exactly the way you want it, in the order you want it don’t forget to place an open container of baking soda in the back to absorb any odor. Yes, we know, this will probably last for less than a day after the kids get into it, but you’ll know.

Bathroom

Sparkling glass and mirrors
Mirrors create the illusion that a space is really bigger than it is, but they can also make your bathroom look dirtier than it is. A quick wipe of the glass and mirrors can give new life to your bathroom and takes almost no time at all. You don’t even need to use glass cleaner. Simply wipe with hot soapy water and, while it’s wet, wipe it dry with some paper towel. You can even do this straight after you get out of the shower.


Brighten your shower with a new liner
Shower liners can get dingy faster than you expect. Before you know it, you’re looking down to see grime lining the bottom of your inner curtain, but it’s an easy fix so have no fear. Shower liners or shower curtains cost almost nothing these days and you can pick them up when you are already shopping for other supplies. Simply buy a new liner and throw out (or better yet, recycle) your old one. It’ll make the shower feel almost like new.

Bedroom

Strip your beds
Now is a great time to strip your household beds. This means, all of the mattress and pillow protectors as well as your sheets and quilt covers. Once all the bedding is off, turn the mattresses over so that they can air (you might need help with this). If you live in a large household, the clean bedding can be left folded on the mattress for your family members to do the rest… why not start now?


Declutter your horizon
Flat surfaces can sometimes be our own worse enemy. Dressers, coffee tables, benches and dining tables quickly become a place where we put things that we intend to put away later. By taking the 5-10 minutes to actually put those things away, you’ll have a decluttered room, or at least the start of one. Clean lines give an immediate feel of organization and cleanliness.

Living Room

Get rid of those dust bunnies
Dusting might be something you don’t do that often, we’re all too busy for that right? We might like to think wishfully that the dust has somehow disappeared … until we look under the furniture. And it’s not just dust there, dog toys, coins, hair ties etc. seem to want to live under the couch instead of in their proper place. Collect everything you can by using either a flat broom or duster. If that doesn’t do the trick, put the hose attachment on the vacuum cleaner and reach under there.


Control your Wires
With so many gadgets nowadays, the wires for each can get a little out of hand. Look near any TV stand and you’ll find wires for the TV, DVD player, video game console, etc. and the whole area can look a little unruly. Buy a cable organizer or simply use a rubber band to bring them all together. Disorganized wires will quickly become a thing of the past.

More Tips

Microfiber cloths
Microfiber cloths are great to use when cleaning because those little fibers can really get in to some of those hard to reach nooks and crannies. And they’re also reusable so all you have to do is throw them in the washer and they fluff right back up again, ready to clean.


Create a lost and found
If you have a big family, it can take forever to put everything back where it should go. Label an empty laundry basket “Lost and Found.” While you’re going through the house place anything that may not belong in each room in the basket and get your family to come and collect their things when you’re done. It’s a time (and sanity) saver.



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