It’s that time of year again! Spring cleaning is in full swing. What better way to greet the warmer weather and a season of renewal than with a deep-down spring cleaning and a little organization to make your home feel like new.
While it might seem like a massive undertaking, don’t fret; we have some quick and thorough cleaning strategies for you. Continue reading for our top home organization tips and spring cleaning tricks to help you get the ball rolling.
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- Organize Your Closet
When you think of spring cleaning, one of the first things that likely comes to mind is cleaning out your closet and getting things organized. It’s really the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Start by getting rid of the clothes and accessories you don’t wear or that don’t fit anymore. A good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the past year.
If the clothing and accessories are in good condition, consider selling them on eBay (you can even earn 1% cash back on new items if you choose to do a little browsing while you’re there). Otherwise, put them to good use by making a tax-deductible donation to a local charity.
Then, organize the rest of your things by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be so much easier. You can buy storage boxes like these and other closet organizing accessories from Crate & Barrel (where Splender members can receive 2% cash back) to create the closet of your dreams.
- Wash the Bedding
Another spring cleaning tip is to give your bedding a deep cleaning. You should already be giving your sheets and pillowcases a run through the wash every week or two, but your pillows and comforter have probably been neglected. These fluffy sleeping accessories should be thrown into your washing machine around two to three times per year—just read over the manufacturer’s label first!
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- Revive the Mattress
This is the perfect time to pay attention to what is underneath all that bedding, too. While your sheets and comforter are being washed, use your vacuum’s crevice tool to get into those nooks and crannies of your mattress. Make sure to clean both sides and take care of stains. This is also a good time to flip and rotate your mattress, which should be done regularly throughout the year, as mattresses can wear unevenly from users sleeping in the same position every night.
- Deep Clean the Carpets
Carpets are an especially needy area. Regular vacuuming is important, of course, but you should try to give them a good steam cleaning every now and then, too. Shampoo all of the floor coverings you can. Target especially high-traffic zones and stains that have been bugging you all year.
Go over your carpets with the vacuum first to remove the top layer of dust, dirt and crumbs. Then use a steam cleaner like this Dirt Devil Quick and Light Carpet Washer from Sears.com (with 4% cash back) to focus on the deeper stains and grime.
- Refresh Hardwood Floors
Don’t forget to treat the wood underneath your area rugs as well. Treat your wood floorings to a good steam cleaning, or use a hardwood floor cleaner to wipe away tough or greasy stains. This Shark Hard Floor Cleanser combined with the Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop from Bed Bath & Beyond (with 3% cash back) will leave your floors looking brand new.
- Air Out Upholstery
Your armchairs and couches can do with a refresh, too, so give them a little TLC when you’re spring cleaning the rest of your house. Air out your upholstery, clean the frames and then hit the cushions with a vacuum and swipe them clean to finish (be fabric-specific when spot-cleaning your cushions). Some cushion covers and slipcovers can even be removed and tossed into the wash on the gentle cycle – just check the label.
For non-removable covers, generally, synthetic fabrics can be cleaned with a solution made from a little dish soap and water on a sponge. If your fabric cannot be cleaned with water, try using white vinegar or vodka on a cloth to blot the stains. If your cushions are made of a natural fiber, they likely need professional cleaning.
- Cleanse Cabinets and Countertops
Over time, build-up can collect on your kitchen cabinets and countertops—especially the spaces near cooking surfaces. To remove build-up, use a cabinet cream like this Thomasville Kitchen Cabinet Cream from homedepot.com (with 3% off) to cut through the grease and dirt. While they might not get as greasy, cabinets in the bathroom accumulate dust, hair products and other grime, so give them a good washing, too.
Countertops in the kitchen and bathroom should have regular wipe downs, as well, to get rid of any germs and dirt in these important areas. For stone, marble, granite and laminate countertops, wipe the surface clean with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. A mild bleach solution can also be used, but don’t use an abrasive cleanser or scrubbing pads, as they could scratch the surface. It’s also a good idea to seal granite countertops at least once a year to make cleaning easier and prevent stains.
- Declutter the Chaos
And finally, just get rid of those unnecessary items throughout the house! That means spring clean your way through the piles of magazines and catalogs, newspapers, unused hangers and coffee mugs – anything that’s collecting dust. You don’t need them, they probably don’t serve any emotional connections for you, and they’re just making your home way more cluttered than it needs to be. It’s time for a trip to the recycling bin or second-hand store! It may feel overwhelming at first, but this home organization tip alone can help bring back that Zen-like feeling into your home.
And there you have it! These are our top foolproof strategies and easy spring cleaning tips that will make your home shine and give you that fresh sense of renewal. So, pull on those gloves, clear out the clutter, and get to work!
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