Get Set for a Successful Spring-Cleaning Spree

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If you’re about to jump into the annual rite of spring-cleaning, here are a few tips that can make it more manageable – and more pleasant – from the start.

Make it fun.

That’s right. Why not look at spring-cleaning as something that will help you feel good about yourself and your fresh, organized home. Which it will! So play your favorite upbeat music. Dance and sing as you go. Get the family involved and plan to do something relaxing afterwards, like watching a movie together or going to the park. Set a timer and play “beat the clock.” See if you can complete several small tasks before the timer goes off. It’s all in how you approach it.

Start by decluttering.

You can do this! Be ruthless. If you don’t love it or use it, you don’t need it! You’ve probably heard of the art of Feng Shui. It teaches that if energy can easily flow through a room, your life will be more harmonious and happy. And clutter is an obstacle to this relaxed, calm state. Getting rid of the excess means you’ll have fewer dust magnets, less clutter to look at, and an easier time finding the things you do use. It truly is an effective way to relieve stress.

Donate or sell what you don’t need.

After you’ve gathered the things you no longer need or use, do something worthwhile with the items that are in good condition. If you decide to donate them, consider the local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a shelter. If you want to sell them, go ahead and set a date for a yard sale. Or, take some digital photos of the items and offer them for sale on an online auction. Just make sure you get them out of your house as soon as possible and don’t store them long-term in your home.

Open windows wide.

Give yourself – and your home – a breath of fresh air. Let the sun shine in to give yourself plenty of light. It will be an energy boost as well as a way to see dust and dirt you may have missed otherwise. Get rid of the musty, dusty winter odors and protect yourself from any harsh fumes from cleaning products at the same time.1

Take it easy on the chemicals.

Speaking of fumes, we are so used to the smell of bleach and harsh cleaners that many of us don’t feel like the house is clean unless it smells of chemicals. In fact, just the opposite is true. You can make your house shine with a few simple supplies you probably already have. Here are just a few examples:

  • Mild dishwashing liquid is great for removing spills that water alone won’t budge. You can make a simple, all-purpose cleaner by mixing two cups of water with two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Use it on countertops and other hard surfaces.
  • Baking soda is a mild abrasive that won’t scratch surfaces. Make a paste of three parts warm water to one part baking soda to scrub kitchen stains or clean the oven. You can make a bathroom cleanser by mixing dishwashing liquid with baking soda until you have a thick paste.
  • Distilled white vinegar and lemon juice are both excellent for cleaning, deodorizing, and mild bleaching. They are acidic and can get rid of tough soap scum. And you can make a glass cleaner by mixing equal parts vinegar and water, which also works well on most polyurethane-finished wood floors.2
  • Of course, there are times when you may need to use bleach or a harsh cleaning product. When you do, use only what you must to get the job done. And be sure to wear rubber gloves and a mask, and ventilate the area well.

Step back and enjoy.

When your spring-cleaning is done, you’ll be able to take pride in your accomplishment. You’ve helped create a clean, fresh, healthy, and efficient environment for yourself and your family. Way to go!


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