A Messy Girl's Guide To Spring Cleaning
It’s that time of year again! Spring has sprung and as most people like to say, “out with the old and in with the new." Aka... it means time to part with the stuff that you haven't worn in six months, but still have a very unhealthy attachment to.
News Flash: You might be a clutter bug.
By Brianna Allen
CLOSETS: Out with the old
We all know that it can be hard to get motivated. But, start small. Hit the closets first and start making a pile of old or unused clothes, shoes and accessories. No, you aren't going to find a "perfect" time to wear that kimono. The first questions to ask yourself, do you remember the last time you've even wore it? If the answer is no, then it's time to go.
Storage: The things you want but don't need right now
Once you've got a handle on your closet, make your way around the house. Our homes can become disorganized from always being on the go. However, spring is the perfect time (and weather) to get everything in order.
We know it can be a little intimidating to get organized, and you may ask yourself “well, where do I start?” The key to organization is having the proper storage and the will power to throw out unnecessary belongings. For items, you don’t use year around or everyday like sweaters or coats you should store in bins— The Container Store is going to be your best friend for this. Once you have stored the items in the bins, it is best to keep the bins where they are less visible to prevent clutter I.e. under your bed, top of your closet or the garage.
Deep cleaning: (don't be scared)
Most of us clean our homes regularly during the year; but after a while, we must face the facts and do a deep clean. As far as scrubbing down your home, buying new cleaning supplies is the key to keeping those dust bunnies away. That means it's time to swap our those old cleaning supplies such as, sponges, gloves, brooms, dusters, etc. You can't make a fresh start with old, gross sponges. Not gonna happen.
When we start to clean our homes, most people think of the basic areas: kitchen surfaces, bathrooms, etc. But, we want to share some places that you're less likely to focus on that really do need your attention.
1. Ceiling fans
The biggest dust collector of all! This may require you to stand on a ladder, but wiping down our ceiling fans with Pledge or any specified dust cleaner is the best way to remove collected dirt and dust from our fans. This way, we are not continuing to circulate dust into the air we breathe.
2. Washer machine
We are constantly washing our dirty clothes, but eventually we need to scrub down the physical machine doing all of the work. For best results, use baking soda and distilled white vinegar to wipe it out. Then, run the machine with hot water to keep it smelling fresh.
Some may use the self-clean mode for their ovens; but in order to deep clean this appliance, you must remove all parts and let them soak in dish soap and hot water. You can then wipe down the inside. This will help remove all grease and grime stains from the oven.
We may change our sheets routinely every two weeks, but what about our mattresses? Using a vacuum or steamer on your mattress can prevent dust and allergens from creeping into your sheets when sleeping. You can also use a mattress protector after vacuuming to keep the mattress looking brand new.
5. Base boards
At the bottom of the walls in our homes are the baseboards. This area is highly neglected in most people’s homes. We tend to see build-up of dust and dirt there. You can use a multi-purpose cleaner to wipe them down or, for a natural cleaner, apple cider vinegar diluted with water and soap does the job.
HYGEE: ADOPT A NEW ATTITUDE
After your spring cleaning is finished you should consider adopting Hygge lifestyle into your new clean space. Hygee, a Danish word, which means acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special. In shorter terms, Hygge describes your well-being. It has become a defining characteristic of Danish culture and a new trendy way of life. Buy a new fuzzy blanket, make a designated "tea spot" where you sip tea every morning, or buy new comfy pillows. It's all about enjoying your space in a cozy environment. So, what better time to start incorporating Hygge into your lifestyle than during spring cleaning!