The clocks officially went forward over the weekend. We call this “springing forward,” because spring is on its way and we all know have an hour extra of daylight. Also, the weather is starting to warm up now and I certainly couldn’t be any happier. Since spring is coming very quickly I’ve decided to do a post on spring cleaning tips that should definitely make things so much easier for all of you.
#1. Clean Out Your Closet
This is something that I actually just did a couple days ago, because my closet was so full that I was afraid the clothing racks were going to come crashing down to the ground. I would suggest that you go through your closet and start taking out the items you don’t need. From there, you could sell them, donate them to a thrift store, give them to friends, etc… I would then suggest you organize your closet by color or organize it so that the clothes you will typically wear in the mornings are easily available.
#2. Cleaning Your Painted Walls
This is one thing that every house needs to have done annually. This is especially true if you’re a smoker. I would suggest filling a pan up with some water and getting yourself a sponge. Wipe down the walls with the sponge and you should be good to go. If your walls are particularly dirty you could add a little bit of dish soap to your water.
#3. Cleaning Your Carpets
Vacuuming is a tedious chore, but I love the look of a freshly vacuumed carpet. I would suggest that you don’t ever wear your shoes, boots or sandals in the house. Also, don’t walk around with bare feet. A lot of people don’t know it, but your feet naturally produce oil and it gets in the carpet. This oil attracts dirt to the carpet, so try to walk around in socks if you can. I would also suggest giving everything a quick vacuum every day.
#4. Cleaning Tiles
Cleaning the tiles in your kitchen and bathroom floor isn’t a fun task, but the end result is nice. If you want to get your tiles clean and do it cheaply, you can make your own tile cleaner by mixing baking soda and water in a pan. The mixture is 1/2 cup of baking soda for every 2 gallons of water.
#5. Cleaning Your Countertops
It can be very difficult to clean your granite countertops. That’s why I highly suggest you clean up your messes as soon as they happen. Also, you should have your countertops sealed at least two times per year.
#6. Cleaning Your Area Rugs
A lot of people actually clean their area rugs way more often than they should. If your area rug sees a lot of action, you should clean it once every 5 years. If it doesn’t see much action at all, you could wait up to 10 years.
#7 Cleaning Your Wood Floors
Remember that Swiffers are your best friend when it comes to wood floors. Also, I would highly suggest you use furniture protectors on the bottom of your couches, love seats, chairs, etc… That way, you don’t end up scratching your wood floors.