In Part 1 of our Spring Cleaning Blog Series, we gave you our top tips to tidy your bedroom. If you missed it, click HERE to read it right on our blog.
In Part 2 of our Spring Cleaning Blog Series, let’s tackle the rest of the house!
First thing’s first, it’s a big job, and it will take several hours. Block off a Saturday or Sunday in your Spring calendar to get it done. Also, it’s certainly not a one person job! So get the family, kids, and some good friends involved, put on some upbeat music to make it more bearable and even fun, have snacks handy, and let each person tackle a room or general task. Once you’re done you can all celebrate with dinner out!
Here’s a methodical way to do this important part of the house:
- Clean under and around all countertops and cooking areas.
- Clean out and dust in cabinets and drawers.
- Go through the pantry, refrigerator and freezer for foods that are past their expiration dates, and throw them away. For unopened canned and jarred foods that are still good, but you know you won't eat, donate them.
- Tackle the fridge and clean it out! Remove everything inside, including the plastic bins and dividers and wash & wipe it all down.
Helpful Tip: And if you’re looking for an all-natural Made in USA cleaning brand to try out, check out the Meliora line from Chicago. We've been loving their All Purpose Home Cleaner. It works very well, and with a coconut oil base, this all natural cleaner is safe to use. (also available on Amazon)
The winter blues will be gone and so will the dust! Follow these steps:
- Take everything off shelves, tabletops and dressers, and give the whole house a good wipe down, including the blinds and windows.
- Now is also the time to get to all the places you've been neglecting throughout the year, including electronics, ceiling fans, storage cabinets, baseboards and doorways.
- Be sure to wear a face mask and even eye goggles and a hat, to keep any dust particles away from you.
You can do this task room by room, floor by floor, or at the very end:
- Sweep or vacuum them thoroughly first, to pick up any loose debris.
- Mop them with an all-natural cleaner to make them look shiny and new without toxic chemicals. If you have carpeting, you may want to invest in a steam cleaning machine, or hire a professional to come out and do it.
- Be sure to leave time for the area to air dry thoroughly before anyone enters!
With lots of nooks and crannies to clean in this part of the house, you might want to tackle it as a team of two.
- Go through the linen closet, and dispose of old, shredded, and worn items.
- Organize all drawers and dispose of old cosmetics and expired products.
- Use clear plastic boxes and dividers to neatly and easily separate and store items.
- Give the tub and sink a solid scrub down with an all-natural Made in USA cleaner.
- Dust and clean around all of the decor and items sitting on the countertop.
Helpful Tip: Want to save money on your hand soap and get that lovely foaming lather? Use a foaming soap dispenser filled with a mix of Dr. Bronner’s and distilled water. You get an all-natural lathering soap with a great scent for much less than buying it at the store. The best part is that you can refill this endlessly, reducing your cleaning bills!
This room is a sanctuary for rest and relaxation. So make it one!
- Cut down on the clutter & dust created by all of the paper sitting around. Eliminate the piles one by one.
- When finished with your magazines, donate them to a library or hospital. Recycle old newspapers.
- Create a new book or flower arrangement for the cocktail table to change it up for Spring. You can even rearrange the chairs or side tables to refresh the look.
- And if you’re looking to spruce up a room in your home, consider adding greenery. Houseplants help freshen and filter the air in your home, and they make a great statement piece too. Your local plant nursery can suggest a variety of plant species that are easy to care for and maintain, while also adding a lovely pop of color to your home.
Don’t forget to leave us a comment on the blog with your favorite spring cleaning tips. We’d love to hear from you!
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