We all know when the sun starts to finally shine, and you look out the window you realize you can’t see out your window as well as you once did. You are tired of being trapped in the house and want to get outside. When you come back in you realize things aren’t as clean as you want them to be. Yep you have spring fever, and it is time to get that spring-cleaning in full gear. Here are some tips to help get started.
1-) Vinegar and Baking soda
These are your best friends when it comes to cleaning. What can they do? Everything. Your dishwasher needs to be cleaned. Did you even think about that? Yes add a little Baking soda and vinegar to a cycle it will be as good as new. Your sink is clogged and nothing is working? ½ cup baking soda and vinegar till it bubbles over. Wait till bubbles disappear turn on warm water clog is gone. Vinegar takes away most stains, and is kid and pet friendly.
2-) Newspaper for Drying windows and Mirrors
You want that streak free perfection from your glass surfaces? Newspaper. It is a weird trick, but it works. No little fuzzies left behind just beautiful windows and glass.
3-) Get the whole Family involved
I know like myself I want things to be done a certain way. And I feel like when others help it won’t be done to my standards, but how are your kids going to learn how if they aren’t helping. This is a great family activity. Brings everyone together and they can have a piece of the satisfaction when they see how clean and shiny everything is after.
4-) be brave enough to throw things out
There is a little pack rat in everyone. You think about the money spent and the memories associated with items, and it is hard to get rid of them. I myself use the six-month method. Have you used it or worn it in six months. Does it still fit or will it be used in the next six months? Time to throw things away or donate. If you are a mom planning on having more kids go through the clothes, and put in sizes in boxes. If you need to hold on to it find a keepsake box but only hold on to things with the most value to you. If not take pictures. Pictures are easier to hold on to than the actual item.
5-) when the inside is done move to the outside
I always start on the inside and work from room to room. Once you are finished inside time to clean up the yard. Wash the windows outside. Clean up flowerbeds, time to plant new plants. Make your garden. The outside is just as important as the inside. Once out there it is also time for the dreaded Garage. Finally all the items you are getting rid of have a Yard sale. Make a little extra money. It makes it easier to get rid of the items that have been clogging up your house.
This is one of my favorite times of year. I love getting organized. Enjoy spring!