Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring Cleaning!

Its that time of year!  Time to roll up your sleeves, tie back your hair and open the windows for some fresh air.  Spring cleaning is here!!  So, put on some music and get your mops and buckets out to get your Jewel Box® Home ready for spring weather. 

Spring Cleaning Tips:

1.  Get Organized!


Eliminate clutter.  Sort through old mail, stacks of paper and magazines.  Don't be afraid to throw things away that have no significance or value.  If you don't love it or need it-pitch it, donate it or give it away!  All the odds and ends that you keep, store in decorative, labeled boxes or baskets and file them away.

2.  Transition out your wardrobe.


Have winter clothes and coats cleaned and box them up for lighter jackets and short sleeves.  Yeah for sunshine and warmer weather!

3.  Freshen up bedrooms.


Flip and vacuum mattresses, hang pillows outside to freshen.  Wash your mattress pad and bedskirt.  Clean the bedroom windows and vacuum draperies.

4.   Scrub the floor!!


Wash tile and wood floors.  Have rugs and carpets professionally cleaned.  Don't forget the baseboards!

5.  Light fixtures and ceiling fans!



Now is the time to clean light fixtures, ceiling fans and lampshades.  Using a vacuum attachment with a brush or a microfiber cloth works wonders.

6. Don't Forget About Bathrooms.


Yes, I know we all clean our bathrooms every week...but we don't deep clean them!  Now it's time to battle clutter and refresh old products.  Go through your medicine cabinets and safely discard any outdated products.  Replace worn bath mats, shower curtains, and liners, or wash and dry shower curtains and liners.

7.Organize the kitchen.


Clear out your pantry, cabinets and drawers.  Replace shelf paper and wipe down cabinet faces.  Donate equipment you don't use regularly.  Discard dated spices and canned foods.  Clean your refrigerator and freezer.  Don't forget the top of the fridge!

8.  Wash those windows!

Best glass cleaner ever:  2 Tablespoons of vinegar in one quart of water.  Use squeegie and a lint-free cloth!  Sparkling clean.

If you were really industrious you could also extend your spring cleaning to your car and give it the seasonal scrub it needs as well!  When you are finished with your heavy work regime, put on the coffee pot, put your feet up and enjoy the fruits of your labors.  A sparkling home full of love for friends and family members!

Happy Cleaning!

~Amber

All Photos Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

2 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

I recently found your blog, and just love it!
Brenda

Genevieve Ferraro said...

Brenda, Thanks so much for stopping by! I dashing over now to see your blog.

Cheers, Genevieve