Spring Cleaning Time is Now!
The cold, dark, snowy days are mostly behind us now and there is a taste of spring in the air! It’s time to start planning your spring cleaning chores before the days get too nice to spend inside! Most people dread spring cleaning because it takes a lot of time and can be boring! It doesn’t have to all be done at once. Set aside a 2-hour block of time, put on your favorite music and get to work.
- De-clutter. It can be hard to part with stuff that may have sentimental value, but sometimes you have to make hard choices. Start by making 4 piles:
- throw away/recycle
- store for later
- keep but put away
Ask yourself these questions when deciding whether or not to keep something:
- Is this item useful?
- Does this item bring me joy?
If the answer to these questions is ‘no’, it’s time to pass it along.
The difference between “store” and “put away” comes down to usage. Things you use a lot should be “put away” where you can readily access them. This will lead to cleaning and organizing drawers and closets so you have space to put things away.
- Store Seasonal Items. Anything that is not used at least once a month should be stored away – holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, or those items that you don’t need or use but just can’t bring yourself to get rid of. Store clothing in plastic storage bins. Before storing, treat any stains and make any necessary repairs so everything will be ready to go when you pull them out next season.
Running out of room to store things in your apartment? Ask about available storage units at East Main. There is one available for rental today! Call the front office.
- Stock Up On Cleaning Supplies.Take inventory of your cleaning supplies and replenish if necessary. In addition to the standard, pre-made items like dusting spray, and glass cleaner, good items to have on hand are vinegar and baking soda.
- Clean your windows.Now that the clutter is gone it’s time to let the sunshine in.
- Tip: Do this chore on a cool, cloudy day. Sunshine causes streaks, as the windows will dry too quickly.
- First, use a dry, soft cloth to remove surface dirt from the windows and dust the frame and sill.
- The best homemade window cleaner is cheap and green! Mix equal parts white vinegar with warm water.
- Use a sponge to wet the glass with cleaning solution and scrub the entire surface.
- Squeegee the window dry. If you don’t have a squeegee, use crumpled up newspaper to wipe away excess moister. The newspaper will absorb the water and won’t leave any lint on the glass. Use a clean, dry cloth to touch up the edges and any drips.
- Dust your light bulbs. That’s easy. (Just make sure they are off when you clean them.)
- Wash your blinds and/or curtains. Check the label on your curtains. Some may be dry clean-only. Cleaning blinds can be a real pain but there are some great, inexpensive tools available.
- Deep clean your rugs and carpets. Vacuum once, then empty the bag or container and remove hair and fibers from the vacuum brush and vacuum a second time. Home Depot and Lowe’s rent carpet cleaners, and many grocery stores to as well.
- Clean out your refrigerator and freezer. Get rid of those moldy vegetables at the bottom of the drawer you’ve been avoiding since last year or that who-knows-what stain in the back of your fridge. Take everything out of both compartments, and get the toothbrush ready. For greenies out there, vinegar is
an effective, safe cleanser for your refrigerator. Use equal parts white vinegar and water to wash both the interior and exterior of your fridge, including the door gasket and the fronts of the vegetable and fruit bins. To prevent mildew growth, wash the inside walls and bin interiors with some full-strength vinegar on a cloth. Also use undiluted vinegar to wipe off accumulated dust and grime on top of your refrigerator. Of course, you’ll still want to put a box of baking soda inside your refrigerator to keep it smelling clean when you’re done.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. This is something few think about, but it can save your life.
- Cat owners. It might be a good time to actually scrub that litter box. We’ll let your nose guide you here.