As tulips and daffodils start to bloom in Chicago, there’s one spring activity that no one gets excited about: spring cleaning. Between the bulky equipment and the seemingly unending scrubbing, spring cleaning remains one of the most time-consuming projects.
Unless you know how to clean smartly. In this article, we’ll take you room by room to show you how you can jumpstart your spring cleaning – without ever picking up a mop. Try these simple projects and spend less time scrubbing and more time outside.
Bedroom: Reverse your hangers
When your closet is packed and you know you need to consolidate your clothes, this simple hack will help you decide what goes and what stays.
First, hang all of your clothes on hangers facing the same direction (either hook facing you or the closet wall). Now for the next month, pick out your clothing as you normally would. At the end of the day when you hang your clothes back up, reverse the direction of the hanger. This indicates that you wore that item of clothing within the month.
At the end of the month, take a look at the clothing on the hangers that haven’t been reversed. Within the last month, you haven’t worn these pieces, and you may not wear them again. Take out what you know you won’t wear and donate them. You’ll now have plenty of room for your spring and summer wardrobe.
Of course, you may not wear every dress – especially more formal ones – in a month, but this should give you an idea of what you’re not wearing and won’t miss. Once the evidence is in front of you, it will be easier to get rid of these clothes.
Kitchen: Microwave away dirt
After a year of spills and splatters, the inside of your microwave looks like a Jackson Pollock painting. Some of the stains feel like they’re ingrained on the wall and can be tough to remove with just an all-purpose cleaner. Get ahead of those stains with this simple hack. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine one or two cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Now microwave the solution for five minutes. This will steam your microwave and loosen the hard stains caked to the wall. Now wipe your microwave down with an all-purpose cleaner, and your microwave will look like a blank canvas once more.
Living room: Banish water stains
You put out coasters, but there are some guests (and children) who will never remember to use them. Now your beautiful wooden coffee table has more rings than a circus.
Before you put away your hairdryer one morning, try using it to banish these stains away. Blast the water stains with your hairdryer on high heat until they disappear. Once the rings are gone, rub a little olive oil into the wood to recondition it. Your coffee table will look like new.
Bathroom: Disinfect your showerhead Not all showerheads are detachable, and if yours isn’t, it can be difficult to clean. A clean showerhead means a clean shower so try this tip. Fill a sandwich bag with vinegar and secure it around your showerhead so it’s completely submerged in the vinegar. You can use a rubber band or hairband to keep the bag in place. Leave it there overnight and take it down in the morning. Once you turn on the water, it will rinse away the remaining vinegar, and you’ll have a clean showerhead ready for use.
Children’s Room/Playroom: Use your dishwasher
Cold and flu season may be over, but the germs and bacteria aren’t gone forever. They live and thrive on your children’s toys, just waiting to be picked up again.It would take you hours to try and disinfect all of your children’s toys, so why not let your dishwasher do the work? Plastic toys – play food, action figures and other small plastic pieces – can be safely washed in your dishwasher. Put them in with your dishes or devote a whole load to cleaning your children’s toys.
Plastic combs, hairbrushes and clips can also safely go through the dishwasher. The cycle will help clear out all built-up hair products trapped in the teeth and bristles of these items.
Laundry: Wash a room each week
One of the biggest challenges of spring cleaning is doing all of that laundry. Sheets need to be washed. The curtains could do with a cycle, and your bathroom and kitchen rugs are sporting all types of stains. Doing all this laundry in one day can be exhausting, so spread it out.
Tackle a new room each week to make it easier on yourself. Throw in bed sheets with your whites one week, and take down all your curtains the next. When you’re already in a laundry state of mind, you’ll be more willing to do just a little at a time, rather than a big project all at once.
Once you’re ready to do the heavy vacuuming and scrubbing, you’ll find a large chunk of your work has already been done for you. Now open those windows and welcome spring into your home or have plants all year around with sagegreenlife !