Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.
If you’re like me, spring cleaning is both a refreshing and a completely exhausting exercise. While it feels great to clean up, clean out and simplify, sometimes it feels overwhelming and you don’t know where to start.
Sound familiar? If you’re not looking forward to this annual ritual, remember that you don’t have to finish your spring cleaning in a day. Pick a weekend, pick a room, get to work, and you’ll be done in no time!
The kitchen is the heart of many homes, and it deserves a thorough spring cleaning. After you finish your normal routine — wash the dishes, wipe the cabinets, sweep the floor — go one step further. First, turn your attention to your appliances such as the fridge, the dishwasher, the oven and the microwave. On each of these, you can use a combination of baking soda and warm water to get rid of gunk, and vinegar to banish odor. To clean your oven, use a baking soda paste. To clean your microwave, microwave a bowl of water on high for a minute, then wipe out the condensation with a sponge. To buff your stainless steel, put a few drops of olive oil on a paper towel and rub in a circular motion.
In my experience, the living room accumulates clutter faster than any other room in the house. To spring clean your living room, the most important thing is to take a good look at everything that resides in this room. Peak in every drawer, examine every shelf, and make sure that everything you find in the living room belongs in the living room. Once you’ve weeded out the unnecessary, create a designated spot in the room for all of the random items that stay. Once you’re organized, take your regular cleaning a step further. Clean the upholstery, dust those hard-to-reach places (like the blades of a ceiling fan), and clean your carpets by deodorizing with baking soda and removing stains with vinegar.
Spring cleaning in the bedroom is all about swapping fall and winter for spring and summer. Starting with the bed, take off, clean and store any layers that are appropriate for the cold weather. Replace thick, heavy textiles with something light, gauzy and refreshing. After you’ve swapped your linens, turn to your closet and pull your winter wardrobe out and put your spring wardrobe in. Last but not least, take this time to simplify your bedroom for the season ahead. Make sure the surfaces of your bedside table, vanity and dresser aren’t only clean, but uncluttered, too. By putting things such as your lipstick stash or jewelry collection out of sight, you’ll create a more peaceful, serene space.
Last but not least, give your bathroom a deep clean to make it truly sparkle. To avoid harsh chemicals that are harmful to you and your family, begin by making your own all-purpose cleaner with a combination of castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and lemon juice. This cleaner can be used on everything from the floors to the sink. To get rid of grime in the bathtub, scrub the porcelain with baking soda. For noticeably cleaner grout around your tiles, use vinegar, a brush and a little elbow grease. If your drains are clogged, first sprinkle them with salt — an all-natural exfoliant — then flush them with boiling hot water.
With all of these tips and tricks at your disposal, my final piece of advice for successful spring cleaning is to start now! As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, you’ll want to spend your time outdoors, so I encourage you to tackle your seasonal chores as soon as possible.