I am so ready for next week’s arrival of the first day of spring. Aren’t you? Winter 2014 is one for the record books, and although I got a kick out of the snow here in the deep South, I’m ready to move on. I know some of you are wondering if Old Man Winter will ever release his grip on these crazy weather patterns. In the immortal words of Journey, “Don’t Stop Believing.” Spring is on the way, and that means spring cleaning ideas.
Dirt belongs in planters and gardens, not in the tub, sink or on countertops. Spring is the time of year when the call to clean is sounded. Are you ready to get your spring clean fling on? My spring cleaning philosophy is simple- into the best styled spaces a little dirt and clutter will fall. The life lived within our homes can get messy and cluttered. Cut through the clutter and show off your mad organizational skills with drawer organizers and closet racks. The selections range from get the job done efficiency to I spy a DIY project. Seize the spring cleaning moment and turn those closets and drawers into magazine feature quality works of art.
Moving on to the dirt busting side of things, let’s put spring cleaning into two categories (like a big pill- it’s easier to swallow). Scrub a dub dub kind of spring cleaning gets the job done with simple solutions. Let’s freshen up and color up spring cleaning gets the job done by updating and coordinating home decor to the corresponding season. There’s a gazillion helpful hints, ideas and tips out there. Here’s a couple of dollar store solutions I spring clean by.
Shower, Tub & Tile
On your next dollar store run pick up these “clean” cleaning essentials: a spray bottle, soft scrub brush, pot and pan brush, soap-dispensing scrub sponge, a couple of toothbrushes, wire basket, shower hook, Dawn dishwashing liquid and vinegar. Clip the shower hook on the shower side of the rod and hang the wire basket from it. The wire basket will now be known as supply house central. It will hold the cleaning supplies but it won’t hold water. Fill the soap-dispensing scrub sponge with equal parts Dawn dishwashing soap and vinegar. The Dawn cuts through oily residues, the vinegar deodorizes, and you can simply wipe down the walls each time you shower. Mix up another batch and pour in the spray bottle for cleaning the fixtures, shower head, bathtub and grout lines. Use the pot and pan brush as a tub brush, the soft scrub brush for fixtures and the toothbrushes for the shower head and grout lines.
Dryer Vents Need Cleaning Love, Too!
This spring cleaning reminder applies to spring, summer, fall and winter. Clean the dryer vent after each drying cycle. Why? Because lint builds up in the dryer vent and reduces the air flow to the dryer. Signs of lint build-up issues include:
- Clothes not dry after normal run time (one cycle).
- Clothes are excessively hot upon removal from dryer.
- Noticing heat and humidity in the laundry room when dryer is running. Dryer vent could be disconnected or improperly performing.
- Debris collecting around the dryer vent opening on the outside of your home. Make sure to include a check of your outside dryer vent.
Removing lint build-up after each cycle helps to reduce the risk of fire hazard. Take it spring cleaning further by vacuuming around and behind the dryer to further remove lint that has built up during the winter months. You will also notice how much faster the clothes will dry when the dryer remains lint free. It’s better to err on the side of caution when it comes to any appliance. Also, never leave home with the dryer running or while sleeping.
What Does and Does Not Belong In The Dishwasher
The wonderful What Does and Does Not Belong in the Dishwasher detectives at POPSUGAR break it down for us. Click on the image to get the dishwasher dos and don’ts.
Spring Cleaning Sachet, Sashay!
Two tips in this department. Place scented dryer sheets in drawers, stored luggage and the linen closet for an effective and economical sachet. While I’m on the subject on fresh scents, here’s a bonus tip for a vacuum cleaner bag sachet, sort of an around the house aromatherapy. Add a generous scoop of dried lavender to the vacuum cleaner bag for a touch of spring in the air.
I Went In For A Blouse and I Came Out With Home Decor
We’ve come to the let’s freshen up and color up spring cleaning portion of this blog post. I strongly recommend cleaning out the winter blues and ushering in crisp and clean neutrals and pastels. Welcome mats, decorative storage baskets, linens, throw pillows- easy items on the eye, decor and wallet. Speaking of affordable, have you checked out the home decor department at H&M? I have, and it is a bookmarked go-to for stylishly affordable home decor. These spring cleaning and organizing items in my shopping cart list will fit perfectly with the spring clean fling ideas I have in mind.
H & M
We are in the presence of the first day of spring. I think I’ll put out the welcome mat, spread some color love around the house and enjoy spring’s much anticipated arrival. Oh yes, and clean.