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Spring Into Action: Five Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Posted: April 15, 2019 by Joe Carelli

The days are longer, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the weather is getting warmer. Spring is here! You no longer have to reluctantly emerge from the warm sanctuary of your bed to find your car engulfed in a mountain of snow. 

It is easy to neglect household chores when the winter blues get their hold on you; it happens to the best of us! In the spirit of warmer days, take the initiative to spring into action and get yourself organized!

One of Netflix’s newest sensations is Tidying Up with Marie Kondo; this reality show provides a wealth of information regarding how to best tidy, clean and rid your home of any unnecessary disorder.

The response to Marie Kondo's methods has been overwhelmingly positive, inspiring action for viewers to rid themselves of clutter. Brendan Hurley for Goodwill of Greater Washington reported a 66 percent increase in donations over the past year. While it may be difficult to tell if this is a direct correlation, it does encourage us to take action in getting our home in check. 

There is a large abundance of life-hacks to best get your home in order, here are just a few of our favorites: 

Restore Your Microwave

When was the last time you cleaned your microwave? It’s time to take a good look inside, be brave; you may not like what you see. If your microwave is a nightmare, we have a simple solution to rid you of any monsters lurking within. 

Clean-it up with ease by microwaving a bowl of water for five minutes with 1-2 cups, adding 1-2 tablespoon of vinegar and squeezing the juice from one lemon. Eliminate the need for vigorous scrubbing and wiping the grime away with a cloth.

After all, is said and done feel free to marvel over your pristine microwave!  

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Clean As You Cook

This next tip you may have learned when you were young. You just finished a fantastic home-cooked meal and are set to relax for the rest of the night. The only issue is the leaning tower of dishes in your sink screaming out for your attention.

Staying organized is all about setting and following through on good habits. Starts today by making a habit of cleaning as you go.

Finished chopping up onions? Wash your onion tears away and follow-up by washing down your cutting board. Are you waiting for yesterday's leftovers to heat up in the microwave? Instead of staring at the clock, challenge yourself to spray down your kitchen counter before the clock hits zero. 

We promise you will feel at peace once you finish dinner and are free to relax, guilt-free!

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Are you looking for two powerful tools to add to your arsenal in the fight against grime? Look no further and stock up on baking soda and vinegar!

Pour a mixture of one cup vinegar, half a cup of baking soda and hot water in a tub for five minutes. Once five minutes have passed by fill the bathtub a quarter of the way and let it sit for another five minutes.

This mixture is a one-stop shop for all your bathroom needs and can also leave your toilet looking brand new!

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Does This Spark Joy?

Tidying up with Marie Kondo raises one simple question to live by when de-cluttering your home “does this spark joy?”

We are all guilty of clinging to favorite shirts from days gone by. Marie Kondo encourages us to be honest with ourselves. Do you still find yourself wearing this shirt, and does this shirt still spark joy? If the answer is no then it's time to overcome nostalgia, thank the shirt for its time and bid it goodbye.

The same question can be presented for the next time a new coat catches your eye. How passionately do you like this coat, does it spark joy? Resist your impulses, let some time pass, if you still feel strongly later then go ahead and make the purchase.  

Donate and Sell Unwanted Items

Stay ahead of the game when buying new clothes by getting rid of an older item. If you’ve followed the advice of Marie Kondo you will find yourself with a plethora of items you can live without. Take a minute to recognize your achievements; we understand that it can be hard to part with things you once cherished.

Host a garage sale on a beautiful spring day and transform your clutter into profit! Start promoting your garage sale online and around town. Another consideration for making a few extra dollars is listing your items separately on eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace. 

If selling your items seems to be cumbersome, don’t throw them out! A simple Google search will show you any thrift stores for you to donate yesterday’s treasures. Your old favorites may spark new joy for someone else!

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