Tackling spring cleaning can be a daunting task! Especially if you haven’t kept up on a successful cleaning schedule throughout the year. Prioritize this year and enjoy these spring cleaning hacks to make sure you don’t forget some of the spaces that are easily missed. They are simple enough and will make your home feel all the more prepared for the rest of the seasons.
This is the perfect time of year to catch up on home organization, wipe down surfaces, and clean out the dark corners of closets and bedrooms. But there are some places we often overlook. Many times I am so tired near the end, that I don’t have the energy or desire to go back through. Be sure to include these spring cleaning hacks in your task list, and keep your home cleaner and fresher than ever!
Fight Home Cleaning Fatigue
Having a plan and giving yourself plenty of time is a great spring cleaning hack. It will help you to not feel overwhelmed. Although I work a full time job, I still try to go through my home in the spring and the fall and do a thorough cleaning. This takes me a while, however, it’s well worth the effort.
Breaking the task up into a week, or even 2 to 4 weeks, if needed, helps me tremendously! I form my list and break down the task by rooms in my planner. From there, I can assign chores for myself and my family to do during the week.
Simplify As You Go By Donating
Spring is also the perfect time of year to go through clothes, toys, furniture, and any other unused items. Take a Box or a Bag into each room and fill it as you de-clutter. When you’re done with each room take your boxes and store them until the whole house is done and make one trip to the Goodwill or nearest Donation Center! Doing this spring cleaning hack once or even twice a year will work wonders to keep clutter from building up around the house.
Forgotten Space Hacks For A Cleaner Home
- Sink and drains: For a white or metal sink, sprinkle Comet cleaner and give a quick scrub. Let it sit for a few minutes while you wipe counters. When ready, give it another good scrub and rinse. For composite black sinks, scrub clean with dish soap and let it dry completely. With a little olive oil on a paper towel, wipe down the composite thoroughly and let it dry for a few hours. Place 1/4 Lemon or Lime into the garbage disposal and run until clear. your sink will sparkle!
- Above the backsplash: Spray with some warm vinegar water, let sit for a few minutes. When ready, wipe down all of the splatters from months of doing dishes!
- Bottom of Fridge Doors: Using a dry scrub brush, knock off all of the dust and lose grime. Vacuum and spray with an all-purpose cleaner or Tough n Tender from
Melaluca. Wipe down and dry with paper towels
- Above range hood or microwave: This one is tough! Sticky Grease is a pain! Mix some baking soda and vinegar together and wipe on like a thin paste around all of the coated areas (if you can take some of the panels off, you will have more success). Once everything is loosened, wipe clean with a wet cloth and dry with paper towels! (This works for a messy electric griddle too!)
- Trash Cans: Take the garbage out, and the can outside with you. Spray with an all-purpose disinfectant like Sol-U-Mel from Melaluca, or mix Vinegar in a 1:1 ratio with cold water and spray all around inside in a safe well-ventilated area. Let them sit for about 10 minutes. Take a paper towel and wipe out the liquid and any loose bits. If you have a sprayer at your kitchen sink, rinse with warm water and pour down the drain! Wipe or air dry before putting a garbage bag back inside.
Living Area Hacks (Bedrooms, Hallways and Living Room)
- Light switch and outlet covers: Just a damp cloth and a quick wipe will make a huge difference.
- High contact corners: When dirty hands touch the walls and doors or door jams, it builds up. Just a damp cloth and a little scrub free, or magic eraser will take it off in a jiffy!
- Baseboard scuffs: A damp cloth and some Sou-U-Mel, scrub-free, or magic eraser will work for this as well. It takes off marker, scuffs, dirt, and most marks leaving behind fresh looking paint or wood!
- Behind Doors: We see the front of the door, but do you ever close the door when cleaning a room? Take a look at the back side when the door is closed. You can use an attachment on your vacuum to get the dust off, then a quick wipe with Sol-U-Mel, Scrub Free on a damp cloth, or a magic eraser will get the scuffs and marks off!
- Trash Cans: Empty Garbage and spray can with vinegar and water solution and set in tub or shower. Let the can sit while you clean the bathroom. When ready, wipe down inside and out with a paper towel.
- Drawers: Drawers can collect lots of dust and hair. Take everything out of the drawer, vacuum and wipe with a bit of scrub free, magic eraser or Sol-U-Mel from Melaleuca.
- Light Fixture: This is easily missed, but pretty simple to do if you keep up on it. The first time may take a bit of elbow grease. Before you start the bathroom, remove the light bulbs and any glass covers. With a brush attachment on your vacuum, get all of the loose dust. Using a damp cloth, go over all of the light fixtures. Wash the glass covers and let dry. Finish by replacing all of the bulbs and covers.
- Toilet Tissue Holder: I personally overlook this almost every time I clean my bathroom. Tissue paper causes a lot of dust though. Just a quick wipe down will do the trick!
Add In A Fall House Cleaning
You may want to consider doing a fall house cleaning as well. This helps to prepare for the holidays. Having more dinner guests, or family visitors creates the need for order and extra storage space. Prepare early so you’re not stressing out about these things later on. Enjoy the time with your family and friends in a more organized space.
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