Hey there my lovelies! It’s the perfect time of the year to do a deep cleaning and de-cluttering of your home. The weather is getting warmer, so let’s open all the windows, get some fresh air and get to cleaning!
Purge what you no longer use
The first step when spring cleaning is to get rid of or donate anything you no longer use. It’s so much harder to organize when clutter has built up. When it comes to purging, start with one room at a time. Kitchen, get rid of any old tupper-ware, broke or chipped glasses or dish wear, old cleaning products anything you don’t need or use. Move onto the living room and get rid of old pet toys, magazines, books, pillows, stained or old blankets. When it comes to your closet and clothes this can be the most difficult thing to de-clutter. The first step is to get a clear bin or bag, and put all your winter clothes away for the summer. This will clear out a lot of space in your closets and drawers. For me I tend to hold onto a lot of t-shirts and bedtime shirts. Cutting those shirts in half will make a lot of space for me to work with. Get rid of or donate, anything with holes or stains, and anything you haven’t worn in the last month. If you have a ton of clothing items, there will be no way you can you wear them all. Dwindling them down to a significantly smaller amount will leave room for other items you might purchase.
This is the time of the year to do a deep cleaning on your house or room. The first thing to do is to open all the windows, so the cleaning products and smells don’t stink up the house, and fresh air can flow in. I never use cleaning products from the store, there are to many chemicals in them and with my niece around a lot I don’t want her breathing in those toxins. I always make my own cleaning products, I recently did a DIY post where you can find homemade cleaning products, you can also use Pinterest for ideas. I live near the beach and it tends to get really warm and moist in my house so I have a problem with ants and fruit flies. I mix vinegar, hot water and lemon juice, this is a natural mixture that will eliminate ants. I put it on a wash cloth and run the solution along window sills, base boards, and counter tops. When it comes to mopping or cleaning the floors or walls I use apple cider vinegar, hot water and essential oils. The vinegar is gonna get up all the dirt and stickiness from the surface you are cleaning. A few things you want to make sure to deep clean is the fridge, the trash cans, the sinks and the shower. These are all places where bacteria likes to harbor and can cause mold, bugs or sickness, if you’re not careful. Clean out the fridge with vinegar and hot water. Take your trash cans out, fill them with hot water, add your dish soap and let sit. The hot water is gonna bring all the dirt and messiness to the surface so you can dump it out and wash the can. The shower and sinks should be washed with apple cider vinegar, hot water and soap. Soap them up first, rinse then run the vinegar along them to get rid of any left over bacteria.
Spring cleaning isn’t all about cleaning, it’s important to organize and get items in their place. You can go to the dollar store, dollar general or the thrift shop to buy inexpensive organizational containers. You don’t have to spend a lot to get organized. It’s important to find a place for everything, so you don’t have clutter, clutter causes stress. Get organizational containers for your clothes, socks, spices, utensils, cleaning products, wash cloths, books, and more. It can be very stressful to come from work and have there be clutter and junk everywhere. You don’t know where to start cleaning. That’s why it’s important to de-clutter first so you have room to organize. When it comes to your clothes, if you don’t have a dresser, you can buy an organizational system with drawers and label the drawers so you know whats in them. Kitchen products, you can get tall containers to put your utensils, wash cloths, cleaning product, spices, and napkins in. For the living room, get baskets, or containers to store your blankets, pet toys, books and anything else you might need to organize and store. The important thing is to stay organized and put everything back in its place.
Homemade Cleaning Products
- For Spotless Floors: 10 cups of hot water, 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of dish soap, 1 cup baking soda, few drops of lemon essential oil
- Windows & Mirrors:1 cup vinegar, 1 cup water, 3 drops of essential oil, mix and put in a spray bottle
- Carpet Freshener: 2 cups baking soda & a few drops of essential oil, mix and shake over the carpet, let sit for 1 hour then vacuum
- All purpose cleaner: 5 cups hot water, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tbs baking soda, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, mix and fill spray bottle
- Hardwood floor cleaner: 1 gallon hot water, 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup vinegar, few drops of essential oils
- Bleach Alternative: 1 1/2 cups of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 gallon water, use a cup at a time for each load of laundry
- Dusting Spray: 1 cup vinegar, 1/2 tsp olive oil, 3 cups water, few drops of essential oil, mix and put in spray bottle, shake before every use.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner: 3/4 cups borax, 1 cup white vinegar, 10 drops essential oil, mix and pour over toilet bowl, let sit for 10 mins, then scrub.
- Furniture Spray: 1 3/4 cups water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 5 drops lavender essential oil, 2 tsp olive oil, mix and put in spray bottle, spray on furniture and wipe.
- Plastic pet toys or kid toy cleaner: Fill pot up with water, boil, take off heat, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, 2 tbs lemon juice, add toys and let soak for a few hours