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Article by Susan Brewer

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Spring is here, and with it comes the urge to banish winter blues and refresh your home. But the thought of tackling a massive cleaning project can be daunting. Fear not, fellow homeowners! Here are some clever spring cleaning hacks from your friendly neighborhood real estate experts to help you conquer the clutter and reclaim your space in record time:

Declutter Dash:

  • The Bag Method: Grab three large bags: one for trash, one for donations, and one for sentimental items. Walk through each room, filling the designated bags as you go. This quick decision-making process streamlines decluttering.
  • The One-Year Rule: Haven’t used it in a year? Let it go! This simple rule helps identify unused items that can be donated, sold, or recycled.
  • Divide and Conquer: Instead of tackling your entire home at once, break down your spring cleaning into manageable sections. Focus on one room at a time for a more efficient and less daunting approach.

Cleaning Champions:

  • DIY Cleaning Solutions: Ditch the harsh chemicals! Mix vinegar and water for a powerful all-purpose cleaner, or use baking soda for tackling tough stains. These natural alternatives are budget-friendly and effective.
  • Microfiber Marvels: Invest in microfiber cloths! They’re reusable, lint-free, and tackle most cleaning tasks with just water. Ditch the paper towels for a more eco-friendly approach.
  • Microwave Magic: Freshen up your grimy microwave with a bowl of water and lemon juice or vinegar heated for 2-3 minutes. Steam will loosen grime for easy wiping.
  • Coffee Filter Cleaning: Lint-free coffee filters are fantastic for polishing stainless steel appliances and fixtures without leaving streaks.

Room Refreshers:

  • Window Wonderland: Open all your windows and let the fresh spring air invigorate your home. Don’t forget to wash windows for sparkling views and improved natural light.
  • Scent-Sational Solutions: Swap heavy winter scents for lighter, fresh spring fragrances. Diffusers with essential oils or scented candles can add a touch of rejuvenation to your space.
  • Ceiling Fan Friend: Dusting ceiling fans can be a chore. Slip a pillowcase over each blade and pull it towards you to trap dust as you go. Easy and mess-free!
  • Blind Date with Cleanliness: Instead of tediously wiping blinds one by one, grab a pair of tongs and a microfiber cloth. Clamp the cloth between the tongs and run it along both sides of the blinds for a quick and efficient clean.

Deep Cleaning Shortcuts:

  • Shower Steam Power: For a quick bathroom refresh, turn on the hot shower and close the door for 15 minutes. The steam loosens grime on tile and fixtures, making cleaning easier.
  • Dishwasher Detox: Give your dishwasher a thorough cleaning by running a cycle with an empty dishwasher cleaner. This removes built-up grease and soap scum, ensuring optimal performance.
  • Showerhead Savior: Mineral buildup can clog your showerhead and reduce water pressure. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and secure it around the showerhead for an easy soak and clean.
  • Ceiling Fan Refresh: Ceiling fans accumulate dust easily. Use a pillowcase to trap dust while wiping down the blades, preventing it from falling all over the room.
  • Refresh Upholstery: Sprinkle baking soda on upholstered furniture, let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum for a quick and effective refresh.

Bonus Tip: Work smarter, not harder! Tackle one room or one task at a time, and reward yourself for completing each section. This keeps the cleaning process manageable and prevents overwhelm.

With a little strategic planning and these clever hacks, you can transform your spring cleaning from a chore into a productive and rewarding experience. So, embrace the season, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to enjoy a sparkling clean and refreshed home!

Susan Brewer Service First Real Estate (636)936-8600

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