Spring Cleaning Home and Life

Spring has Sprung!!  Time for spring cleaning.  Not only should we spring clean our home but it’s also a good time to do some self-cleansing.  When we have too many things in our home, it not only clutters the home but our mind also. I don’t know about you but my mind is cluttered enough these days.

So, this spring I want to challenge you to clean out your closets, drawers, cupboards, and fridge.  When you do this, really think about what you have and why you have it.  Sell, donate, and trash anything you are no longer using.  Yes, even the things that you are holding onto because you may need them ONE day.

 Fortunately for me I am moving in July, so my spring cleaning is kicked up a notch.  I hate clutter and usually things that are sitting around drive me crazy (did I mention I have OCD?!) and I just throw them away.  So I thought I would be able to breeze through this without issue.  Apparently when you don’t open certain drawers or boxes it really is out of sight, out of mind.  It is amazing how many things I still have to get rid of.  Kitchen items that I was holding onto because someone was kind enough to give to me when I had to start over and had nothing.  I never even used them.  Clothes that were the size I wanted to be again when I get this weight off (I was very good at eating my emotions).  Cleaning out all the extra stuff is really going to be a pain but I will be happy to get rid of it.  Bonus is, I will have a lot less to clean each week and I won’t need as many boxes to move!

So, where to begin?  I have included 10 Spring Cleaning Tips below that we all should be doing every spring and fall.

  1. Wipe Down Your Walls: Especially in the kitchen to remove grease.
  2. Reseal Grout Lines: Keeping everything properly sealed will help with preventing mold.
  3. Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs: This will help with allergens.
  4. Dust Books and Shelves: Maybe discover an old favorite that needs a re-read.
  5. Clean Upholstered Furnishings: Cleaning them up will give them new life and you may find some lost change to put towards a bucket list item.
  6. Dust Your Home Thoroughly: This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans and window casings.
  7. Ensure Fire Safety: Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.
  8. Wash Window Screens: Using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.
  9. Clean Window Treatments: Many draperies and curtains are machine washable; check labels.  Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.
  10. Clean Out Closets, Cupboards, & Drawers: You will be amazed at how quickly we acquire unnecessary things.

 

I don’t know about you, but I love spring.  After a long winter, I can’t wait to open the windows, air out my home and get all the cobwebs out.  Spring brings about a fresh start for the earth and all of us.  It is a great time to have a clean start and remove all the clutter from your life, literally and figuratively.  So take the time to embrace the season and make a fresh start.  I fell like this winter has lasted forever!  So as much as I hate cleaning, I will really enjoy it this year if it means winter is over!

 

Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on spring cleaning. I would love to hear your tips and tricks to getting it done.  Do you celebrate when it is done?

 

‘Til next time!

Brenda

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