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Seems most everyone is spring cleaning this time of the year. Even for someone like me who keeps up on things, this is the time to do things forgotten or put off. Most of these things we all do. Organization is the key here.
All of those cords behind the TV console and computer drive me nuts. I don't know what most are and they get tangled and very dusty. Several things help with dusting these cords, even the ones that have yellowed due to heat, sun, etc. Take a rag of some kind and dampen it. Using lemon and vinegar wipe the cords, straightening them out as you clean off the dust. I suggest after they dry to use dryer sheet (used or new) so they are easier to clean next time. After they are cleaned take your bread clip and mark what that particular cord is. For example: printer, DVD player, whatever it is; mark it. Next time you will know what cord it is.
Another thing that bothers me are dirty window screens. Most people in my neighborhood are taking them out and hosing them down. That works great however I do it a little differently and more often. Where I live my windows are open unless it's pouring rain. I use my steamer and steam them while they are still in place. Doing this weekly or biweekly, even rotating can help keep extra dust out all year around.
Maybe you do not have windows open all 12 months, but for those of you that do, this helps with keeping your dusting to a minimum. It allows you to enjoy all of the nice weather outside. If you don't have a steamer for cleaning you can use your clothes steamer, it works just fine. If your floor steamer isn't too heavy it will do the job too.
Have none of the above? Take boiling water in a spray bottle and put it on the widest opening, then spray and wipe. Getting off all of that extra dust, dirt, and keeping grime from coming in is a blessing. Doing it more often will save you time from taking down the screens and replacing them. It will save you so much time in your weekly cleaning.
By Luana from San Diego, CA
Follow these steps and you will have that freshly cleaned look that spring cleaning implies.
Sweep out the garage and wash the cars. Vacuum, wax, and change the oil in your car to get ready for spring and summer trips.
Clean out the basement, donate or throw away items that are taking up space. Have a yard sale!
RELAX and enjoy the feeling of a clean house. Celebrate with a bubble bath, some aromatherapy candles and a glass of wine. Treat yourself to a nice dinner OUT!
* Bonus Tip: Clean out your garage from the center to the walls. Then place items by sections: game, craft, sports equipment, and gardening tool. Visualize garage sale income and beautiful, uncluttered space in these rooms as you proceed.
Source: My own obsessive cleaning nature and some excerpts from "10 Tips to Spring Cleaning" by Marcia Ramsland, "The Organizing Pro".
By Diana from Prospect, KY
When you know that you are going to be cleaning all day, start your day by making your dinner first. Find a great crockpot recipe and throw it together and let it cook while you clean. When you're done, the last thing you want to do is cook and you don't always have the money to go out for pizza.
Decide what items can be resold at a yard sale or online and what items should be donated. If anything needs washed or repaired, do so immediately. Likewise, drop off the items at the Good Will immediately; don't let them sit in your basement for weeks.
Clear anything out of your winter closet that was worn once or not at all during the season. Whatever is in the box at the top of your closet, the box that you haven't opened since last spring, doesn't need to stay in your home. Instead, find someone who will enjoy and value it.
Check basic household products like vinegar and baking soda which can be used to clean just about any surface for a fraction of any cleaning product's price. Likewise, consider what you're purchasing. Bleach is bleach whether the bottle says Clorox or All-Purpose Bleach.
Sometimes a little reorganizing makes all the difference. Mix and match items from rooms, using the bed shams on the sofa for the spring months. Switch curtains from one room to another. Spring and summer invite bold color combinations, so be creative and try something different in your home. When you tire of it, return it the way it was and oddly enough it will seem fresh again.
My tip for your spring cleaning is basically simple. Don't do it! Think of the environment and all the chemicals you will not be placing into the environment if you don't do it!
Wouldn't it be fun to redecorate as you "Spring clean?" Few of us can spare the money for many luxuries, so learn to make do and change things to give your home a new look.
Toothpaste is great for scuff marks, marker on flooring, brush marks on skidoo or on the visor of helmets even when someone bumps your car and leaves some of their paint on yours.
The mood to clean up and refresh seems to be an annual idea. Perhaps it's the freshness of the outdoors, the signs of new life, or just the need to make changes after months of being cooped indoors.
Along with Spring comes thoughts of crisp, fresh air, newly budding flowers, singing birds and a sense of renewal. Getting organized and doing a bit of spring cleaning, helps to bring that wonderful fresh feeling into your home and office.
Spring cleaning does more than spruce up the house after a long winter. It allows people to take stock of their belongings and hopefully reevaluate their spending. By forcing yourself to look at where your money is spent, you become aware of where it can be saved.
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I am looking for helpful ideas and frugal at the same time to make Spring cleaning a lot easier and simple.
one thing I have found very helpful is to use two buckets one with your cleaner mixture in it and one with nothing but water......if you rinse your rag after wiping things down before returning to the bucket of cleaner, your cleaner will not only last longer but you will not be adding dirt from one area to another.....so each time you wipe whether it be a wall, table, bookcase ect. you will be starting with a fresh clean cloth. if you use spray cleaner then you only need the bucket of water to rinse between wipings.....
The Happy Slob has lots of fun, easy and free cleaning tips - and even more cleaning recipes that are non-toxic. http://www.happyslob.com :) Hope this helps!
P.S. Try some of her daily cleaning routine tips and you'll find that you're never stuck with as much to do when spring cleaning rolls around!
I use the cheapest off brand of a product like scrubbing bubbles to clean mini blinds. Extend them all the way before removing from the window. Lay them in the bathtub and spray them one set at a time that I stack. Let them lay there while you wipe your windows. fill the tub with enough water to cover them plus a couple of inches and give them a swish. Drain the water and refill the tub adding fabric softener. One cup maybe? Drain that and gather them to stand straight and drip dry. The softener helps prevent dust and grime from settling on them in the future. You get a pretty smell and clean tub in the deal.
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Well, spring is, once again, upon us. With it comes sunny days, balmy breezes, blue skies and that dreaded household chore -- spring cleaning.
Not only is spring cleaning time consuming, it can also get expensive. Lately, it seems as if there is a different product for cleaning practically every item in your home. If we're to believe the advertisers, our houses will never be clean without this assortment of new, wonderful and expensive products.
Not true, says the frugal homemaker. Your house can be spic and span shiny, with just a few household products you can probably already find in your kitchen. Not only is it a more economical way to clean, it's also better for the environment, and your health.
Here are just a few frugal house cleaning tips to help you get started.
*~*All Purpose Cleaners*~*
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Being 7 months pregnant, working full-time, with a 5-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a husband overseas, energy is at a premium. I just don't have the energy to do long bursts of cleaning. What has worked for me is setting a kitchen timer. My usual is work for 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes. The timer on the stove or microwave is even better, because I have to get up to turn it off. I can't just ignore it and take a longer rest period.
I also use waiting time during fixing dinner (waiting for water to boil, waiting for oven to heat) to tidy around the kitchen.
In addition, I get the kids in on the act by setting a nightly pick-up timer (I use 5 minutes for them) and having them pick up their stuff. Putting clothes in the hamper is excluded from 5-Minute Pick-Up Time, as are putting away dishes and putting away clothes. Those are separate chores that must be done as well. Sometimes I'll skip the timer and just have them pick up while I make their lunches for the next day.
Another thing I do to save my sanity is doing all the thorough cleaning at the first of the month. That helps me remember to do it. This includes cleaning the coffee pot, microwave, dishwasher and fridge, mopping the kitchen floor, washing the blankets and shower curtain, and cleaning the toilet.
By Camilla from Atchison, KS