10 on Tuesday: Spring Cleaning Tips

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and spring is on the way! You know what that means? Spring cleaning! Use these tips to get your place in top shape.

1. Closet organization

Do you have clothes that you haven’t worn in months? Ditch them! Donate clothes to Goodwill or a thrift shop. If your clothes are in well cared for condition, bring them to a local consignment store for a chance to cash in on your old clothes.

2. Clean dingy walls

Using mild dish soap and warm water on a soft sponge, gently clean any dirty marks on the wall. For peskier marks, use a little vinegar in addition to the dish soap. Be careful not to scrub too hard, which could damage the paint finish.

3. Shake up your shelves

When is the last time you took all the books off your bookshelves and gave them a good clean? Get rid of all that dust and fill the shelves back up. For a fresh look, try laying some books horizontal as well as vertical on the shelves.

4. Clean the windows

Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle and mist your windows. Wipe clean with newspaper for a streak-free shine.

5. Kitchen cabinet detox

Take everything out of your kitchen cabinets and place the items on the counter. Check the expiration dates and toss anything past its prime. For chips and crackers, give a quick test to see if they’re stale. Make note of what you’re tossing so you don’t buy it again. If it sat in the cupboards long enough to go bad, leave it off your list.

6. Freshen up the fridge

Is there mysterious sticky goo on the refrigerator shelves? A Tupperware container with leftovers from last month? Now is the time to clean up and ditch the old stuff. Rinse shelves with mild soap and water, drying thoroughly before placing food back inside.

7. Look under the bed

For a good night’s sleep, make sure to do some cleaning under your bed. Dust bunnies love this dark little hideaway and with spring allergies just around the corner, you don’t need anything else to make you sneeze.

8. Your car needs cleaning, too

Make the most of the warmer days by taking your cleaning outside to your car. Dust, dirt and salt can build up on your floor mats over the winter, so shake them out and spray them down with a little soap and water. Hang dry, but remember to pull them inside if the temperature is forecasted to drop below freezing overnight.

9. Regular maintenance on your mower

While you’re outside, check the oil on your lawn mower so you’re ready for the first grass cutting session of the season.

10. Tidy up your technology

Folders cluttering your desktop, randomly named files littering your documents folder, disorganized iTunes library… Sound familiar? Take an hour to organize your computer and delete anything you don’t need.

I love getting my spring cleaning done early so I'm ready to spend the warmer months outside and instead of taking care of winter's messes in my house.

Are you ready for spring?

Kylie K.