Another change of season is here! I must say, with the unexpected storm last month, I am loving these sunny days and (record breaking) warm temps. I don’t know about you, but a new season always brings inspiration to give my home a little bit of TLC. Whether it be freshening up, organizing or updating. We talk all about that in our post Refresh and Organize Equals Energized. But as well all know, this season is known for Spring Cleaning.
Are you planning on tackling the task this year? I sure am, especially after being cooped up in the house due to one too many snow days! If you haven’t started, or simply need a little bit of inspo…here are a few tips and starting points to get you going. Sometimes the hardest task is deciding where to begin. My advice:
– Begin with your own closet. Now is the time to say goodbye (donate) to the clothes and accessories you haven’t worn in years. Starting the day with an organized closet can make your everyday routine a breeze.
I love these helpful organizing boxes from the The Container Store –
– While you’re in the bedroom, now is a great time to give your mattress some attention. A quick an easy way is to vacuum all surfaces of the mattress, spot treat if necessary, and sanitize with a fresh disinfectant spray. While you’re at it, treat yourself to a new set of sheets to start the season off on a clean note. Side Note: The rule of thumb is to wash your sheets at least every 2 weeks.
– Take it outdoors to dust off your outdoor furniture (minus upholstery) now that patio season has arrived. If your furniture didn’t come with cleaning instructions, the best bet is warm water and a liquid dish soap (preferably one without harsh chemicals).
– Time to clean that carpet! House Beautiful shared some insightful info on this task in this a great Spring cleaning article –
“According to Paul Iskyan, owner of Rug Renovating, less-trafficked areas of your carpet only have to be cleaned once or twice a year, and every 18 months for a bedroom. For higher-traffic areas, the most often you’d need to bring in professionals would be three or four times a year, although once you see that your carpet’s dirty, you probably should have it cleaned for health reasons.”
And as for your area rugs –
“Philip Costikyan of Restoration by Costikyan says you should clean them every four or five years — or every ten years if a rug is not walked on much. Over cleaning contributes to wear and tear. But you can treat stains at home with club soda. Stains caused by pets, coffee, orange soda, red wine, and anything with dye or an acid base are the hardest to remove, and the key is to act quickly.”
– True story… your washing machine needs to be washed! An easy and eco-friendly way to do this is with distilled white vinegar and baking soda. Run your washing machine with a full load of hot water, add the baking soda and vinegar and let it soak for an hour. Lastly, restart the cycle and let the water drain, and wipe it down with a dry cloth. Spic and Span!
– Don’t let the sun shine through dusty windows, choose a cloudy day to wipe the interior AND exterior of your windows. Why a cloudy day, you may ask? To ensure that the sunlight will dry the cleanser before you’ve finished wiping the glass.
For a few quick tips on a quick spring clean – this HGTV article is a helpful go-to! Happy Cleaning!