Spring cleaning: decluttering your space
Spring is officially here, which means you should start dusting, getting rid of the junk in your storage, and spring cleaning your entire home. Here’s how you can declutter your space like a pro this spring.
Cleaning the kitchen
A good spring cleaning starts in the kitchen. There’s a lot that happens in the kitchen, especially when living with roommates, so make sure you get nitty-gritty. Run a couple of lemon rinds with cold water through the garbage disposal to get rid of all the junk in your sink and the smell. Make your stainless steel shine again by rubbing a mixture of dish detergent and hot water with a microfiber cloth in small sections. Don’t forget to clean out your fridge. Get rid of produce that’s no longer fresh and trash old, mold-infested takeout boxes. Wash the interior shelvings with warm soapy water, and wipe down the surfaces with a sponge. Most importantly, take out the trash!
Other kitchen appliances that deserve a deep spring clean are your dishwasher and oven. Remove any stuff from the dishwasher and run a cycle with a specialty cleanser. It’s a small effort to making your dishwasher feel (and work like) brand new. Get rid of that burnt smell from your oven by cleaning out loose pieces, then spraying ammonia, baking soda, and white vinegar. Give it a good wipe with a sponge.
Your laundry machine takes care of your loads of laundry all year round, so take care of it as well. Disinfect the machine with hot water, add distilled white vinegar and baking soda, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Restart the machine, and let the water drain. Wipe the machine dry.
Cleaning the bathroom
Cleaning the bathroom is a task that needs to be done. Freshen the drain by pouring a mixture of baking soda and table salt, followed by heated vinegar. The foam and bubbles that arise signify the demise of all the junk living in your drain. Leave it for no longer than 15 minutes and then run hot tap water for about 30 seconds. Get the grime off of tiled surfaces with a mixture of baking soda and water on a string or sponge mop. Of course, remove all trash, old shower loofahs, and any other stuff you don’t use.
Cleaning out storage
It’s time to face your worst nightmare: your storage spaces. That means cleaning out your closet, your junk drawers, and the boxes you haven’t unpacked since god-knows-when. Look through your clothes and identify the stuff with stains and tears, and throw them out with the items that no longer fit or wear or look good. If you keep a junk drawer, toss out any items that you don’t need, no matter how small. As Marie Kondo says, throw it out if it doesn’t spark joy.
Make a pass at your living room, especially if you have bookshelves. Shelves store a lot of dust throughout the year, so give them a good wipe. Organize your coffee table books, sort your books by size or color or subject, and dust each shelf. Maybe you can even donate some books you don’t need or read anymore.
Cleaning your bedroom
Cleaning your bedroom might be the most cathartic of all. Since pillows and comforters collect dust and skin cells every night, they should be a top priority. Check the labels before tossing them in the washing machine. Use the vacuum crevice nozzle for your mattress and spot-clean the stains with upholstery cleaner. Lastly, sanitize with disinfectant spray. We all store some mysterious boxes beneath our beds so make sure those don’t go unnoticed.
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