March 26, 2013

Quick and Easy Ways to Spring Clean your Home

Posted by Treetopia in DIY Ideas | Home Decor

Make your spring cleaning mission a breeze with these easy steps

Spring cleaning should neither take up so much of your time nor create a huge expense. Here are some quick tips on how to make the “burden” of spring cleaning light for you and your pockets:

 

Plan

Create a plan on how you will go about cleaning your home. The best way to do this, whether you live in a building or you own a nice house, is to follow a cross pattern: top to bottom and inside to outside. This way, the areas you’ve already cleaned will not get dirty again. Just imagine how much more time and effort you’ll save if you start cleaning further in, slowly but surely pushing the dust and dirt outside to be collected all at the same time.

Organize

You may not have Batman’s utility belt but you can gather everything you need for cleaning in one place. If you prefer carrying things around, you can put everything you need inside a bucket and just reach in it whenever you need something. If you like having both hands free or simply don’t like carrying things around, you can use an apron with large pockets that you can customize to fit a rag, sprayer, lint roller, feather duster, and whatever you think may be of use. This way, you won’t need to go back and forth looking for the items you need.


Photo by micahb37 via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

Reuse

Instead of stocking up on paper towels that all end up in the trash, use microfiber or cotton cloths to wipe surfaces. If you want to save money, you can use old shirts that you never seem to use anymore and are no longer in the proper state to be donated instead of buying new cotton cloths. Fold these shirts up and use them as they are or cut them up into squares if you prefer. Whichever you choose, you’ll be saving money and the environment.
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Try Alternative Cleansers and Deodorizers

Instead of purchasing bottles upon bottles of manufactured cleaners, try mixing your own using products found at home. If you notice lime deposits in your bathroom, lay paper towels or cloth and soak it in vinegar for an hour or until it is easy enough to remove. Do you want to remove tarnish from your silverware? Take out an aluminum pan (it must be aluminum), line up your utensils in it, and add ½ to 1 cup baking soda. Pour boiling water into the pan, and when you can safely reach for your utensils, take them out one by one and buff using cotton cloth. A 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% water mixture can clean up your chrome, glass, and stainless steel furniture. Do you smell something funny? Both your used coffee beans from your morning cup of Joe and pure baking soda can act as deodorizers.


Photo by jessica mullen via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Ask for Assistance

If you really don’t have much time or you have a bigger space than you can clean in one go, you can always ask for assistance from your family and friends. Of course, you’ll have to repay their kindness by helping them out some other way or treating them to lunch or supper. Here’s a tip to turn it into a “Spring Cleaning Party”: when you organize your pantry, make sure you throw out all expired items, line up all those that are near expiration (perhaps those expiring within the next two or three months), and cook all those up. That way, you cleaned your pantry and fed your cleaning partners!


We were told there’d be cake!

Live Clean

The best way to make spring cleaning a breeze is to not make so much clutter. Of course, the idea may sound too ideal and it’s easier said than done, but there are ways to maintain a clutter-free lifestyle. Start with simple things like making your bed every morning and wiping your bathroom’s faucet and tiles to avoid lime or mold and mildew build-up. Clean up stains immediately so they don’t dry up and make cleaning up difficult for you later on. Purchase or recycle boxes and use them as organizers. Turning the little things into habits can save you time and energy in the long run.
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There are many other ways to make spring cleaning quicker and easier for you. You can just think of Treetopia’s suggestions above as another portal for a simpler, more painless way to jump start your tasks.

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