This year, don’t let spring cleaning take the spring out of your step. With a few pointers and fast and effective cleaning “dos,” you’ll be done with the cleaning and on your way in no time (well, in about 10 minutes per room). So turn on some cleaning tunes and get started. Turn up the jams as you clean and listen to this fun cleaning playlist to get you going.
The clean kitchen you craveSocializing happens most often in the kitchen. Now’s the best time to get that meal-centric space looking hot and feeling fresh.
First, eliminate any clutter... here the garbage can be your new best friend. Then, start at the top of the room and work downward. Dust the ceiling and cabinets, and follow that with a quick wipe down to the blinds. Next, visit the refrigerator and get rid of anything that doesn’t look (or smell) fresh. Then wipe down any small appliances and sweep and wash the floor. It sounds like a lot, but when it’s done with purpose and focus, it truly doesn’t take much time at all.
Even though bathrooms are typically small, they can still make a big impactWhile a bathroom is a must-have and often-used destination, it can easily be taken for granted. Spring’s a great opportunity to show the washroom some much-deserved TLC.
First, eliminate clothing and towels. Next, remove the trash and clean out the basket if needed. The next part’s not so fun but needed and ultimately rewarding: scrub inside and outside of the toilet (sorry). Wipe down the mirror, sink and vanity. Then wipe inside and outside of the cabinets and scrub the bath tub. And you’re done. Bubble bath, anyone?
Turn any bedroom from “out of control” into an oasisSay sweet dreams to sloppiness and greet each day delightfully. Put in a bit of time now and you’ll be so glad you did later.
Look for clothing that’s out of place. Even if it’s clean, it won’t stay that way long thrown over a chair collecting dust. Put it away. Next, collect all trash and put that in its place, too. Wash bed linens and the mattress cover (and if you’ve got the budget for it, freshen your look with some new sheets). Declutter and dust surfaces and clean any accent lamps. And, finally, clean your floors and/or rugs.
A dusted living room is a happy living roomDusting is one of those things that is oh-so-easy to put off or just not do at all but it’s also something that makes a room look and feel incredibly fresh.
First, as you’ve read for all the other rooms, get rid of what doesn’t belong in this space. Whether it’s last night’s popcorn bowl or next week’s work project, put it in its proper place. Now you’ve got the space cleared to get some quick and easy dusting done. Ceilings, walls, picture frames and plants all get some TLC. When that’s done, take a few minutes to evaluate the carpets and rugs. Heavier soiling may take a pro, but vacuums can usually fit the bill in no time.
Straightforward solutions for a dynamic dining roomSure, all it takes is a table and chairs to make a dining room, but the clearer and cleaner it is, the more you can get out of the time you spend there.
Same as with the living room (see above), dusting is the game changer in the dining room. But here, the big difference is that you’ve got a dining table and chairs to deal with, too. But don’t despair: the only thing you need to decide is whether now is the time to oil or wax the table, and there are plenty of great products out there to choose from when that time has arrived. If your chairs have upholstered seats, simply spot clean where needed. Done and done and ready to dine.
Squeaky clean laundry room clean-up tipsAnd last but not least, there’s the laundry room. Probably the least catered to of the bunch, but a room that deserves a bit of attention from time to time, too. First, soak a cloth in a mixture of dish soap and water and wipe down the washer’s drum. Next, use a dryer sheet to wipe down the exterior of the machines. For deep cleaning, run a cup of white vinegar or bleach through an empty cycle. Last, but not least, de-lint the dryer with a dryer duct cleaner. And that’s it. You’re ready to wash and dry to your heart’s content.
Make room for a happy season, inside and outSo there you have it, in around 10 minutes per room, your house can be spruced up and ready for spring. Want to go in for a deeper cleaning? Be sure to browse other Home Matters blog posts, where there are even more tips where these came from.
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