Favorite Cleaning Tips and Organizing Projects
In honor of Spring and the “season” of cleaning, I thought I’d pop in and share a few of my favorite cleaning tips and some organizing projects too. I much prefer Spring flowers, and sunshine, and the prelude to Summer… but those others are necessary evils to keep chaos at bay! And me, from going bonkers.
Now, I know I’m not really a “cleaning blog” but that’s not because I don’t clean.
I actually love to clean.
I’ve touched on the fact before, that when things feel out of whack, it grounds me. There is a satisfyingly calm order to it. My favorite part of cleaning is vacuuming. I know a lot of people feel the same way, and I think it’s because there is a wonderful gratification as you go! I love having barefoot-friendly clean floors. Every so often I use a carpet cleaning livermore service to make sure there is absolutely no dirt and it makes the floors look brand new too! Nothing like them! Plus, when I get to snuggle into my big chair at the end of the night, light a candle, kick up my feet and watch a little DVR’d Days Of Our Lives knowing the house is spotless and everything is in it’s place, that is a zen moment. One I can completely relax in!
My mom taught me how to clean and we always cleaned high-to-low. Is that how you were taught? I still do it today and I feel like it just makes sense.
Basic Room CLEANING TIPS
I grew up hearing The Doors, The Beach Boys, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Cher & more. I often got to put the next record on when mom and I were on a weekend cleaning spree. The speakers carried the music all through the house.
Below are some of my favorite “basic” cleaning tips. For the job in general. They help me stay on task and power through a room. I get in trouble when I throw in re-decorating with the cleaning and could use this reminder myself some day.
Clean first, then you get to re-decorate. Words to live by. hahaha
“One Room At A Time” CLEANING TIPS
Speaking of motivation… along with the music, and keeping your tasks focused… why not get your cleaning mojo going?
- Treat yourself to a new candle or two to burn while cleaning.
- Buy or borrow some fresh tunes to listen too.
- Have lunch delivered-in to keep your energy up.
- Use great smelling cleaning products! Might I suggest Mrs. Meyer’s?
And while you’ve at it, treat yourself for a job well done? Goals are nice if there are prizes at the end.
- Shopping, lunch or seeing a movie.
- A massage. (I like this idea)
- A new decor item you’ve had your eye on.
- A manicure for those hard-working hands.
- Fresh flowers for your clean house!
“Kitchen” CLEANING TIPS
If you are like me, and I think many of you are if the kitchen is clean, the house feels clean. Or at least liveable/managable.
Here are a few more things to remember when cleaning the Kitchen. (I ran out of room)
- Clean your dishwasher.
- Clean the trash can.
- Or trash compactor if you have one.
- Like the rest of the house, clean those light fixtures.
- When I mentioned the cook-top, don’t forget the range hood!
- Also, when I say “clean the fridge” make sure to clean and/or vacuum the coils.
- If you have one, check your ice-maker hose connection while you are at it.
- And if you have a wine fridge, clean that too.
I went natural with my cleaning products a few years back and I’ve fully embraced it. For everything but getting my grout white. If you have a better tip, I’d love to hear. I’ve even tried a steamer and it did zip. So far the most effective thing I’ve found to get my grout white is this method here. And I hate having to do it this way! So please, share your secret.
Psst… A spray bottle is always a great a multi-use item! Super for:
- Misting thirsty plants.
- Misting your clothes while ironing.
- Holding wrinkle releaser.
- Holding yummy room sprays.
- Holding linen sprays.
- Squirting naughty kitties with water. (it works wonders for training)
My biggest secret? I don’t do all my deep cleaning in the Spring.
I’m such a rebel. I actually cycle through and deep-clean year round. It’s much more manageable and I do it as necessary. That way, I’m never doing all my deep cleaning for the entire house at once and nothing gets really out of hand between cleaning.
I also purge & organize throughout the year. I make messes and bring new things into the house year-round, so it just makes sense to stay on top of this task as well. And surprisingly, once I organize a space, it stays pretty tidy! With the exception of our downstairs entry. That is constantly in flux. (that is code for = full of crap that is coming & going)
These are some of my favorite organizing projects:
Budget Friendly Closet Organization [click here]
Zero Budget Linen Closet Makeover [click here]
Jewelry & Accessory Organization [click here]
I mentioned fresh flowers earlier, I find them a great motivator and prize for cleaning the house. Kind of a gift to yourself. There’s nothing like fresh flowers to add beauty to any space…plus they feel like such a treat! And you deserve it for all your hard work!
Happy Spring my friends!! xo Shannon