Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks
By: Gina Piscitelli
Spring cleaning. Whether you’re preparing to sell your house or just doing what needs to be done; we have a few tips, tricks and checklists to get you going.
Time to Motivate
I don’t know about you, but I need to get sufficiently motived to set about what often times seems like the herculean task of Spring Cleaning. Things that seem to help me are:
- Printing checklists and to do lists help me to determine what should be done, what needs to be done and what I can put to the side if need be.
- Taking before pictures of the room/ drawer/ closet and post it (even if it is private) to social media. Awaiting the after pic will almost always guilt me to start moving.
- Figuring out my attack plan. Whether it’s outside to inside, top down, room by room or Feng Shui zen, it helps me to know where I’m going, what I need to do and what I need to do it.
- Suit up for battle (hair up, gloves on, grungy cleaning clothes, apron)
- Gather cleaning materials in a caddy.
- Turn on the tunes and set the timer (I like to time how long it takes me to complete tasks and compete with my husband)
Organize and de-clutter. Don’t forget the closets and drawers when you’re getting those warm weather clothes out.
Next, get your bins ready and separate clutter into piles for: Give Away, Throw Away and Put Away.
- Have I used this in the past year?
- Do I have a place for it?
- Does it have any memories for me?
- Does it make me happy?
- Does it make me sad?
- Do I have two of it?
First are the basics of Spring cleaning. You don’t clean most of these items on the regular, but now is the time.
Here is a great resource going room by room Source: http://www.firsthomelovelife.com
The following are items that need some attention about every 6-9 months. What better time than now?
Replace air filters
Replace water filters
Replace alarm batteries
Wash Window Screens
Replace burnt out light bulbs
Power wash outside of house
These links will show you the best hacks for cleaning some of the trickiest and time consuming places.
- Windows- Great homemade solution using Jet Dry and Dawn . No squeegee, no chamois, no streaks or spots. http://www.thisgrandmaisfun.com/how-to-wash-windows/
- Baseboards- This is a homemade solution to remove grime and dirt. It gives excellent suggestions for how to keep dust off in the future.http://www.passionforsavings.com/baseboard-cleaning-hacks/
- Soft Surfaces- Don’t forget to wash throw pillow cases, cushion covers, throw rugs, shower curtains, decorative towels, blankets and table linens.
- Shower Heads- Clean Showerheads Overnight Without Scrubbing. Pour plain white vinegar into a plastic bag and tie around shower head using bread ties to hold in place. Leave to sit overnight. In the morning, run cool water through the shower. All the buildup and gunk will drain away. If you do see residue left on, remove with an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar
- Grimy Kitchen Surfaces- Grease and grime are tough. This link has a great method for removing it. http://www.ehow.com/how_4778378_clean-grease-kitchen-cabinet-doors.html?utm_source=facebookADs&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=simplereach&sr_source=lift_facebook
- Blinds- Channel your inner puppeteer with this cleaning hack. http://www.today.com/series/shortcuts/cleaning-hack-helps-clean-your-blinds-1-minute-or-less-t42561
Last on the list the seemingly invisible things you use everyday and don’t realize how dirty they get.
Window tracks- This one might take some time and patience but the after is well worth it. http://intentional mom window tracks
Ovens- Even self cleaning ovens can use a little boost.http://www.womansday.com/home/how-to/a54125/oven-cleaning-trick/
Toasters- clean the crumb tray with a Brillo pad and use a stainless steel safe product to make it gleam.
Pillows Use household items like tennis balls, socks and a bleach solution to unyellow and refresh your pillows. http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/02/how-to-wash-whiten-yellowed-pillows.html
Bathroom Decor – Bathroom decor is exposed to the same germs that are in your toilet and become air born when it’s flushed. Make sure you show them some TLC with some disinfectant.
Dishwasher- If your dishwasher isn’t getting your dishes as clean as it used to, or it smells try this method. http://www.today.com/series/how-often-should-you/how-clean-dishwasher-t17946
Trashcans- When was the last time you cleaned your trashcan? No hacks here; just good old bleach, a scrub brush and a hose.
Electronics- These hotbeds of germs need a good wipe down with a disinfectant.
Finally, Once you’re all done ( if having a clean clutter free house isn’t reward enough) reward yourself. I like to schedule a manicure for a day to two after cleaning and eating a sweet treat with a glass of vino right after.
About the Author
Gina has been licensed since 2016. A graduate of Towson University with a degree in Business Administration. She is a member of the Harford County Association of Realtors. Raised in Harford County and resides in Bel Air.