How are you spending your time at home? Whether you’re working remotely or taking a break, you can make good use of this time by fixing up your home. Purge, sort, clean, and organize to create the home sweet home you want. Here are some spring cleaning and organization tips from Blue Fern Homes to get you started.
Think big, start small.
You’ll get more done by staying focused. Break down large projects into smaller tasks, things that you can accomplish more quickly, like 30 minutes or less. For example, “Clean the garage” might seem like one task to put on your To Do list, but it’s actually more than that. If you haven’t dealt with the contents of your garage for a while, it might be overwhelming. Start with one corner or section of the garage. In that way, if you walk away from the project, your garage won’t be cluttered with half-empty (or half-full?) boxes strewn around. You’ll have one completed area that will motivate you to do more.
If you want to tackle closet organization, break it down to “remove seasonal clothes” or “pull out items for donation”.
Not only will you be more productive by breaking big jobs into smaller ones, but you will also have the satisfaction of crossing more tasks off your list.
Organize your cleaning supplies.
Pull together everything you need to clean an area and make up a “kit”. Grab a bucket and fill it with a couple of sponges, scrub brush, paper towels or microfiber cloths, and cleaning solutions. Then you can carry this handy cleaning kit from room to room and avoid running back and forth, which will most certainly create distractions that push you off-course.
Prepare to purge ruthlessly.
Wherever you plan to declutter a room, place a few empty boxes or bins. Mark one for “Discard”, another for “Donate” and the third one for “Keep”. Your goal should be to end up with more in the first two boxes than the Keeper. Attack the task with determination. Leave sentiment out of this tough job. When determining whether or not to donate an item, think about who might get more use and love from it than you. Sometimes, when you feel like you’re helping someone else, it’s easier to give up that thing that you really haven’t noticed for a very long time. Repurpose really has a purpose!
Make your own cleaning products.
While we’re talking about organizing your cleaning products, how about taking a more natural route? White vinegar, dish soap, baking soda, and lemons are your basic ingredients.
Glass cleaner: In a spray bottle, combine 4 tablespoons of white vinegar with 2 cups of water and ½ teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent.
Tile, sink and tub cleaner: Create a soft scrub cleaner by adding water to baking soda until you have the right consistency.
All-purpose cleaner: In a spray bottle, mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda with 2 cups of hot water and a tiny squirt of liquid dish soap.
Chrome cleaner: You don’t need expensive cleaners. Instead, cut a lemon in half and rub it on the chrome surface, like a faucet or shower head. Let it sit for a few hours so the citric acid can go to work. Then wipe it away with a clean cloth.
In addition to these cleaning solutions, you can use coffee filters to dust electronic screens. Newspaper is great for cleaning windows, and a lot less expensive than paper towels.
Clean the overlooked spots.
Spring cleaning is a time to get at all the hidden places you don’t normally address in your normal cleaning regimen. When was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher, microwave, and disposal? Did you even know you should?
Clean your microwave: Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a glass bowl or measuring cup. Add a ½ cup of water to the juice and drop in the squeezed lemon. Put the bowl or cup in the microwave and cook it on high power for 3 minutes. Let it stand for 5 minutes and then wipe the interior clean, thanks to citric steam.
Clean your garbage disposal: Next, take those lemon halves and drop them in your garbage disposal. Add about a tablespoon of coarse salt and a fistful of ice cubes. Run the disposal until the grinding stops. The combination of the coarse salt and ice with the cleaning power of lemon deodorizes the disposal.
Disinfect your dishwasher: Get rid of food, grease, minerals, and undissolved detergent that builds up inside this appliance by first removing and cleaning the filter. Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into a glass measuring cup, place it on the top rack of the dishwasher, and run the dishwasher through a normal cycle without adding detergent.
Use magic on your woodwork.
You probably have hand prints, smudges, and scrapes on the trim in your home—baseboards, door and window trim. Dampen a Magic Eraser and wipe across the woodwork to easily remove those marks.
Think ahead.Now that you’ve brought your home back to life with all this spring cleaning, maybe you can see more clearly how it fits your lifestyle. If you simply need more room than you have, a better layout, or a home that’s more updated, take a look at Blue Fern’s Seattle townhomes for sale. We’re building in some of Seattle’s most appealing and walkable neighborhoods. We’re here to help you spring into a new life and a new home.