It’s officially Spring!
We’ve began putting away our Winter apparel and bringing out
clothes for the warmer weather. It’s been fun because we found
deals on all the clothing to wear this Spring and Summer during
last Fall’s sale!
We purchased these items at rock bottom prices, and now we
get to enjoy wearing new clothes and didn’t break the
I enjoy this part of the year very much! The weather is nice, the air
is fresh and it just inspires me to deep clean and organize our home.
We have the added bonus as to just moved into a new home. It’s time
to really get cleaning and organizing.
It is also the perfect time for us to multi-task and get our
yearly garage sale in order.
If you’re getting ready to start spring cleaning your home, here are a
few tips to help get you started and keep it cheap!
Make a Plan
Start by making a list of the rooms in your home and what you would
like to complete in each room. You also want to have an area beside
each item to list the supplies you will need to complete each project.
After you have made the list, you want to set an overall time frame
for completing your spring cleaning.
Next, spread out the cleaning assignments over each of those days.
When designing this list, be sure to put it in a good order, For example,
clean from top to bottom! You don’t want to back track because you
dusted the ceiling fan after you already vacuumed. Also be realistic
with the time frame of these goals. You don’t want to put too
much on yourself in just one day. You can get a lot done in just a few
hours a day!
Our cleaning list will take place over a span of 10 days. We have set
up each day to work on different areas of our home, and everyone will
be involved in various cleaning activities.
Have Your Supplies Ready
On your list of assignments, you should have all of the supplies you
are going to need for each project. Make sure that you have plenty
of what you need so that you aren’t having to skip a project or stop
in the middle to run to the store.
You can make your own cleaning products at home. Not only will this
save you money, it is also better for your family’s health and the
environment. The following is a list of cleaners you can make at home!
Source of all: Green Living Ideas (http://s.tt/12GnT)
- No-Streak Glass Cleaner – For sparkling mirrors and windows,
combine 1/4 cup undiluted white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 1 quart warm water. Divide into spray bottles. For a lint-free shine, wipe dry with a sheet of crumpled newspaper or a coffee filter.
- All Purpose Surface Cleaner - Mix together equal parts white vinegar and salt. Scrub surfaces with a natural cleaning cloth.
- Furniture Polish - Mix 1 cup lemon juice with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon water; lightly apply to furniture using a soft cloth. Let sit for a couple of minutes, then buff.
Now that you’re ready to get started, make sure you stick to your list and only
tackle one thing at a time. To make cleaning and organizing easier, each room
that you are working in should always have 3 boxes at reach: one for garbage,
one for storage, and one for stuff you want to sell or giveaway.
I highly recommend that you keep your garage sale in mind while you are
spring cleaning. Take note of clothing that no longer fits and old toys that
never get played with. Even consider pieces of furniture that a room can do without.
Keep a box or tote in each room that is specifically meant for garage sale items.
When they are full, move them all to an area of the garage easy to get to where
you can price them. Not only are you ridding the clutter, you are also getting
that jump-start on your sale, making your life much easier later!
Cross Off That List
Make sure to check off all the jobs you finish. If you’re like me, you love that
feeling of crossing items off a to-do list! It helps to keep you motivated by
reaching little goals so often!
Take A Step Back To Appreciate Your Accomplishments
Before you know it, your entire list will be checked off and your home
will be sparkling clean! Use this time as a clean slate. Make a list of
some extra chores you can do each week to stay on top of to keep your
home looking great. Think back to your spring cleaning list. Were
there areas that took longer to clean or organize than you had planned?
Now is the time to think of ways to keep that area from getting out of
I would love for you to share your tips on how you keep spring
cleaning simple and budget friendly.