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Easy Spring Cleaning Tips

By - Posted on March 25, 2015

Spring cleaning.  Just the thought of all those chores can be daunting.  But with these simple spring cleaning tips and ideas – and a little elbow grease – you’ll be able to get your home spotless and organized in no time.  For even more helpful ideas and suggestions, visit the Omni Financial “Spring Cleaning Tips” board on Pinterest.

  1. Wash pillows – Most synthetic and feather pillows can be washed in the washing machine. This Pinterest pin gives you easy instructions on how to clean and whiten your pillows in just a couple of steps.  Pillows made of foam require a different cleaning and drying process. Here are some tips on how to clean foam pillows.
  2. Dust – Of course you probably dust on a regular basis, but now is the time to get to those places you’ve been neglecting. Remove everything off of dressers, shelves, and tables and dust the surfaces, as well as any knickknacks, picture frames, lamps, etc.  Dust kitchen cabinets, doorframes, window casings, baseboards, ceiling fans, and light fixtures.  Always dust from the top of the room to the bottom. Vacuum the floors and carpets when done to clean up any excess dust.
  3. Clean your oven – Get rid of the grease and baked on food that has accumulated on the inside of your oven by cleaning it thoroughly. There are three ways you can do this. If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, the process is pretty easy. Just press the button for “clean” and the oven will heat to a very high temperature, baking off food and grime.  The self-cleaning oven method is not recommended if you have pet birds; the fumes could harm them.  The second method is to use oven cleaner and follow the directions on the can.  The third method is to take the natural route and make your own oven cleaner without toxic chemicals.
  4. Clean & purge your closets – Cleaning closets can uncover a lot of hidden treasures…and a lot of junk. Remove everything from your closets and clean and vacuum the closet floors, walls and shelves. Replace shelf paper and place some cedar blocks in the corners. Sort through your closet contents and donate or sell anything you no longer use.  If you are cleaning a wardrobe closet, dry clean any coats or sweaters that you are keeping, and store your off-season clothes in clothing bins to make more room. Replace any wire hangers with wood or padded hangers — your clothes will hang neater and last longer.
  5. Wash garbage cans – For obvious reasons, indoor and outdoor trash cans and recycling bins can get pretty smelly and dirty. To clean, bring all the trash cans and recycling bins outside, squirt some dishwashing liquid in the bottom the cans, and turn on the hose to pressure wash until all the soapy water is rinsed out.  Spray them with disinfectant spray, scrub, rinse again, and dry.
  6. Scrub baseboards, walls, and door frames – Combine dishwashing liquid and warm water and scrub down baseboards, walls, and doorframes. “Magic Eraser” – type sponges are good for getting rid of fingerprints, dirt, and crayon and scuff marks.
  7. Rugs and upholstered furniture – Remove and vacuum couch pillows. Spot clean stains on rugs and upholstered furniture (follow fabric directions) or call a service to have them professionally deep-cleaned. Here are some DIY stain removers you can make at home with just a few simple ingredients.
  8. Freshen up your mattress – Remove and wash all the bedding from your mattress. Lift the mattress from the box spring.  Clean any stains on the mattress and deodorize it by sprinkling baking soda on it and vacuuming.  Open up the bedroom windows and give your mattress some fresh air. And remember to turn and/or flip your mattress about four times a year. This will help your mattress wear evenly.
  9. Make a spring cleaning checklist – With so many spring cleaning chores, it can be hard to remember them all. A spring cleaning checklist can help you keep track of what you have done and what you still need to complete. Fortunately there are plenty of checklists online, so actually creating the checklist is one less thing you’ll have to do. Here is a comprehensive spring cleaning checklist that details the tasks for each room in your home.
  10. Declutter – Too much clutter not only makes your home look disorganized and sloppy, studies show that it can also produce stress and anxiety.  Not being able to find what you need, when you need it, can cause frustration.  Decluttering your home can help you de-stress and stay organized, and make your home look more spacious.  Go through every room and every closet and drawer. Throw away anything that is broken.  Give away or discard unwanted items or things your children have outgrown, or sell them at a garage sale.  Look through your pantry and medicine cabinets. Dispose of anything that has expired, makeup that is old or smells bad, or anything you don’t need or use.   Decluttering your entire home can seem like an overwhelming task and it can be hard to know where to start.  Here are some tips on how to declutter your home in 30 days.

Spring into spring cleaning action and get your home ready for the warmer months. Your work will be rewarded with a fresh, sparkling, and more organized home.

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