Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Spring Cleaning Tips

It's that time of year again when we're ready to jumpstart into Spring,
and that includes Spring cleaning. Time to stop groaning and think about
where to start. There are a lot of small things you can do that can go a
long way to brightening up your home after a long Winter, and hopefully
these tips will help to motivate you!

Start small and go for the big wins first. You don't have to conquer the
world in one day, or clean your home for that matter. Make a list of what
you'd like to see done, then plan for an hour a day to work on one of the
items on your list...

Wash the floor mats to get rid of the grime from Winter boots and the spills
they've been collecting. It doesn't take long but it makes a big difference.
Check the wash water to see just how much dirt those mats have been harbouring!

Grab a pail and wash the kitchen floor and then do some spot
cleaning of the walls to get rid of handprints or smudges.

Pick an evening and clean the mirrors in your home. It won't take long,
but your mirrors will be shining when you're done.
Don't forget to also clean the tv and computer screens.

Wash the windows in the kitchen so you can see the buds coming
out on the trees when you're cooking. Then continue to the living room
windows if you have the time.

Pick a closet to sort through and tidy. If you finish before you expect,
you now have some bonus time!!!

Clean out the fridge and get rid of anything not quite edible, wiping
down the shelves as you go. Then take pleasure in filling it with
some of your favourite foods!

Want to spend some time outside enjoying the sunshine? Grab a
hose and an extendable squeegee and wash the windows outside.
You get clean windows and some fresh air.

Refresh your wood furniture and cupboards with some furniture
polish or other wood product. You'll get rid of some dust and keep
your furniture looking good.

Wash the blankets and throws on your bed and in the rest of your home.
Not only will the colours be brighter, but they will smell fresher, especially
if you're planning to hang them up outside to dry. Just make sure to
follow the cleaning instructions on each item!

Vacuum everywhere, including under the furniture and in the corners... getting
rid of the dust collecting in the carpet will not only make your home look
cleaner, it will also improve your health by getting rid of dust mites.

I think you get the idea...

Everytime you finish something on your list, take pride in crossing it out.
Spring cleaning doesn't have to be the dreaded chore it sounds like when
it's broken out into manageable pieces. Set achievable goals and you'll be
done in no time.
Now for the most important part, remember to reward yourself after each
milestone... grab some hot chocolate and go for a walk with your sweetie,
take a long hot bath in your freshly cleaned tub, or put up your feet and
watch a movie. Everything in moderation, including cleaning.

(Taken from decoratefor)



Aldo check Sarah Doyle's blog for patterns of "dust busters".




Martha Stuart has some helpful Time-Saving Tips for Spring-Cleaning, too, including a stain chart, and a special Room-by-Room organizing segment.


Happy Spring-Cleaning!

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