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Spring Cleaning Starts Now

Okay, sure, we might be in the throes of winter still, but spring cleaning starts now.

Deep cleaning your space isn’t just about tidying up—it’s a great time to re-evaluate how you use your space. Are you storing junk you just don’t need or use? Would a new piece of furniture or some additional storage simplify your day-to-day routines? Before you pick up a sponge or plug in the vacuum, try and identify your goals and then create a plan to make the most of your deep clean.

House looking a little full? Decluttering and purging old items (think clothes, small household goods, books, and toys) is a great first step in any cleaning process. Not only can having excess stuff become a storage nightmare, but it can also be a big mental distraction and make it hard to focus when you’re trying to work in a crowded area. Consider donating your gently used belongings or posting them online for sale or swaps.

When’s the last time you cleaned under the washing machine or behind the fridge? We’re guessing it’s been a while. As daunting as this task may seem, it’s an important one. Not only can you find the occasional missing sock or Lego piece, but deep cleaning under your appliances (like the fridge and washer or dryer) and wiping down the vents or coils to remove any debris like dust bunnies or hairballs ensures the machine gets the airflow it needs to run as efficiently as possible.

Sure, you wash your bedding regularly, but have you ever laundry stripped it? If you’re new to laundry stripping, we’ll help—think of it like a really good pre-soak before you wash. Simply fill your bathtub with hot water and add ¼ cup of Borax, ¼ baking soda, and 1 cup of powdered detergent. Stir your items and let them sit for several hours before draining the tub and rinsing your items in the washing machine. Always follow the care tags on your bedding items for best results. Or take this time to treat yourself to a new bedding set and fresh pillows—the perfect self-care splurge this season.

As you deep cleaning, consider the products you’re using. Spring cleaning is also a great time to consider more sustainable and eco-friendly choices. Look for cleaning products with less packaging or reusable containers and consider making your own products from household staples like baking soda, vinegar, citrus fruit, and essential oils. Not only are they a gentler alternative for you and your family (including furry friends) but they’re better for the environment, and typically cheaper, too!

Spring into spring cleaning and get ready to feel refreshed through this season and into the next.