By Eva Francavilla
Ladies, it’s that time of year again, spring cleaning time! This is honestly my favorite time of year. It is time to kick the winter blues and transition into the summer time shine. Spring time is the time to open up those windows and get all that musty air out!
Here are some tips to kick start your spring cleaning!
First thing first, we need a list on the order of rooms we are going to tackle….
1) The bedroom.
We spend most of our time in our rooms. It is our sanctuary, and we need to keep this space clean and tidy for open thoughts and peace of mind. Start by stripping the flannel sheets and flipping the mattress. It will make your bed feel cooler, and you will not be falling into that crater you made all winter. Also put away the winter blankets, no one needs extra clutter on their bed. Clothing needs to be put away in the closet and drawers. Trade your winter clothes for your summer clothes. Make sure to go through your wardrobe, and give away the clothes you no longer need to the Salvation Army. Finally, light some candles!
2) The bathroom.
Our bathroom can get really gross in the winter, and it definitely deserves the extra attention. Start by opening the windows! We need to get all that nasty air out. Buy some new, bright colored hand towels and replace the interior shower curtain if needed. Make sure to clean the toilet, shower, and sink area…. a little extra elbow grease would not hurt. Wash all the towels and rugs. Get rid of all the expired toiletries and bring in a new scent of hand soap and new candles to add an extra touch. Lastly, get excited because it’s time to break in the sunscreen and throw out the self-tanners!
3) The kitchen
It’s Purge time! Go through your fridge, cabinets and pantry to get rid of all the left over Christmas and holiday candy, extra food, expired condiments and packaged goods, and that one container that might be taking on a life of its own. Yuck! Also, when was the last time you washed your fridge out?? Take the extra ten minutes to wipe down the shelves and clean out the drawers….you’ll be surprised by what you find!
4) Living Room.
Just like us, it could use a good dusting. Put away the winter blankets, and throw away the old magazines. Change out the couch pillows for something spring, add an infuser into the room for scent, and open the windows as often as possible. Also, don’t forget to vacuum UNDER the furniture…..you don’t want those dust bunnies to take over!
5) The car.
No one likes those nasty winter salt stains and coffee spills. It is finally warm enough to be able to vacuum and shampoo the interior and wash the outside. Remove all of those water bottles, that nasty old fast food and those coffee cups littering your back seat. Give it a good cleaning and spray some good smelling stuff, road trip season in on the way!
This list of places to clean is the start of a happy spring and an even better summer. To declutter the mess around you also means you automatically declutter the soul. With all these tips we can welcome spring, and say goodbye winter.
Images cousrty of Ambro/freedigitalphoto.net
Infographic by Susan Rhodes/SheNOW.org