Last week we went over some spring cleaning tips that you can do in a hurry (under 30 minutes.) Sometimes it can seem so overwhelming, but just a few cleaning tips here or there can help out a lot. Especially when it is time to get into the nitty gritty and taking more time to get a real spring clean. But we want to give you tips on how to do that more efficiently and not feel like it is such a big project.
If you have more than 45 minutes:
Arrange your craft supplies. You can purchase bins or folder, or boxes and some of them can be found at the dollar store. Organize your bins into children’s craft area, and your own craft area. Also have special bins or drawers for (in-process) projects. Purchase some drawer dividers and create shelves on the walls and you can shelf much of your craft sup pies like buttons, glitter, thread, yarn. Sort everything else into type of craft and their function: Paints, brushes, scrapbook paper, glue, etc.
Dirty grout? Sprinkle baking soda on the tile grout, spray some vinegar on top and let it sit for 2 – 3 minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and you will see magic! Clean grout.
If you have more than an hour:
Clean out the drawers and cabinets of your bathroom. Throw any makeup that you have not used in 2 months. (It is probably much older than that.) Toss out any boxes. Group your items together by parts of the body; hair, nails, anti aging, body, teeth. Place daily products in the easiest accessible drawer or shelf. Purchase bins or basket to hold hair tools, toiletries, makeup replacements.
Organize the cords and cables around your home/desk/tv. Label them to help make identifying easier. Wrap 2″ length of tape around each cord, flatten and label (printer, computer, router, cable box, etc.)
If you have an afternoon:
Clean out your freezer and refrigerator and pantry thoroughly. Remove all food so you can wipe down shelves and bins and be sure to toss out anything that is out of date. Give foods that you don’t plan on eating to a food bank, or search online for creative recipes to use.
Organize your television and gaming area. Separate grownup media from kids’ and organize by genre. Store in CD binders.
Use the “top-down” method of cleaning. Start from the top (ceiling fans, light fixtures) to the bottom, baseboards and floors so you don’t end up cleaning the same spots twice.
Want a quick tip to help save some time? I have switched to dishwasher cleaning pods and they have saved my life. I used to pour the soap or grains would get everywhere. Pop in the pod and you’re good to go.
Looking for more cleaning tips? Here are a few you might like:
How to Clean Your Stinky Mildew Towels
How to Clean Your Front Loading Washer
How to Clean your Microwave with Steam
How to Clean Your Wooden and Bamboo Cutting Boards
How to Clean and Freshen your Dishwasher
How to Clean Your Top Loading Washing Machine
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