9 Easy Spring-Cleaning Projects You Can Do This Weekend

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9 Easy Spring-Cleaning Projects You Can Do This Weekend

  Meagan Scarlette March 28, 2019

I know, the last thing you want to do on a beautiful Spring day is spend it indoors cleaning. I’m with you on that. But, if you’re into giving your home a good deep cleaning once a year, what better time is there?  Throw the windows open, turn on some tunes and get your home in tiptop shape with these nine easy Spring-cleaning projects that you can knock out in just one weekend.

 

Organizing the Garage

From sports equipment to holiday decorations, the garage is usually one of the most cluttered spaces in the average home. Take an afternoon to reorganize all the odds and ends laying around. Storage totes and inexpensive shelving units can help keep your items tidy and make it easier to locate certain things. This is also an excellent time to throw out or donate items that are no longer useful.

 

Clean Out Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers

We’re all guilty of bringing home those fad, single use kitchen gadgets that get used once or twice only to be shoved to the back of the cabinet or drawer (RIP zucchini noodler). Or maybe over the years you’ve amassed a coffee mug collection worthy of its own gallery exhibit. Whatever the case, paring down to the daily essentials will not only help make your kitchen feel more organized, but it can also save time by cutting down on digging through a bunch of random stuff while trying to get a meal on the table.

Clean Your Mattress

During my research for this subject, I came across some disturbing information on how gross a mattress can actually get. I’ll spare you the gory details, but if there is one thing on this list not to skip, it’s cleaning your mattress. Start by lightly spritzing the top with a disinfectant spray, then wipe it down with a clean rag that has been soaked in warm water and wrung out. The mattress will need a few hours to dry, so it’s a good task to knock out in the morning. Investing in a machine-washable mattress pad can also keep your mattress fresh and clean without much hassle.

 

Dust the Blinds; Wash Curtains and Drapes

If you’re anything like me, cleaning your curtains and blinds is not a high-priority task on your to-do list.  Luckily for us, most curtains can simply be tossed in the washing machine. For those dusty blinds, let them down all the way and turn them to the horizontal position. Vacuum those bad boys using your brush attachment, then wipe each slat with clean cloth dipped in warm soapy water. Wipe the pull strings and let dry.

 

Walls and Baseboards

Apart from a quick spill clean up and maybe an occasional dusting, walls and baseboards are another commonly neglected area of our homes. Using your vacuum’s brush attachment, vacuum any dust collected on the baseboards and do a quick sweep in the corners of your walls. Next, use a clean microfiber towel dipped in warm soapy water and wrung out to gently wipe away dirt and dust. You may want to do a test spot first in a hidden area to make sure the paint won’t be damaged. If you’re unable to reach the higher areas, an extendable microfiber duster should help.

 

Clean Out the Kids’ Toy Box

Clearing out any old or broken toys can help little ones keep their rooms a bit neater while also doing some good for others. Consider donating your child’s toys that are no longer played with to a local women and children’s shelter, such as SafeNest (visit safenestsupport.org to find a donation bin). This is a great activity to help get your kids involved in, or if they decide to put up a fight for their items, send them to stay with a friend or family member while you sort through their toy box.  

 

Declutter Your Medicine Cabinet

Take a few minutes to check the expiration dates on any medications you have stocked, then toss anything past the date or approaching it. This is also a good time to clear out any cosmetics or grooming products that are past their prime, or just aren’t your style anymore.

 

Clean Your Washing Machine

Built up soap scum in the washer can lead to stinky laundry, bacteria and even mold if not kept at bay. Turn your washer to “hot” and use the longest cycle and largest capacity. For a front load washer, add 1 quart of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser and ½ cup of baking soda to the fabric softener dispenser and start the wash cycle. For top load machines, let the water run for a few minutes, then combine ingredients in the drum. Once the cycle is complete, run your machine once more with just hot water.

 

Clear Out Your Closet

If you’re constantly scrambling through your hangers, believe me when I tell you that a clean and organized closet can be a saving grace on busy mornings. Move your weekly go-tos up front, special occasion necessities to the back, and donate or sell anything you haven’t worn in the last year. You’ll be able to throw an outfit together much faster and save your decision-making brain power for more important things throughout your day.

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