Spring Cleaning Hacks

Spring is in the air (in fact, today is the first official day of Spring!), and it’s an inspiring time of growth and renewal. Doing some spring cleaning is a great way to dust off the winter doldrums and to clear the air, making way for the new season and all its benefits. With a sparkling, organized home you’ll be ready to relax and enjoy a stress-free springtime in no time. Read on for our top tips and tricks.

DIY Your Cleaning Products
Store-bought cleaning products are often full of nasty chemicals, so protect yourself and your family from these environmental toxins by making your own. Putting together your own cleaning products is also a quick and easy way to save money, plus you can customize the products by using essential oils whose aromas you enjoy. Lemon, vinegar, and baking soda are your new best friends – click here for some great DIY cleaning product recipes.

Get Inspired by Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo, a Japanese organization consultant and author of the popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has practically become a household name. Her famous organizing technique revolves around gathering together all of one’s belongings by category, keeping only the items that spark joy, and then finding a place for everything to live. Not ready to use the “KonMari method” on your entire home? Check out this video of Marie Kondo’s infamous folding technique, and start there!

Clean Your Fridge
The inside of this constantly-used appliance is hidden away from sight, meaning that many of us forget to give it the regular deep clean it desperately needs. Follow these tips for a seasonal clean for your fridge, or follow this quick guide for a fast and simple approach. Your other appliances could probably use a clean, too. Check out these tips for cleaning your dishwasher and washing machine.

Make Your Electronics Sparkle
When it comes to cleaning our homes, we often skip over the electronics – perhaps giving them a quick dusting at best. To make TVs, computer screens and other electronics feel sparkly and new, give them a bit of extra attention this year and use the cleaning products best suited to them. Clean screens by gently wiping them with coffee filters or microfibers, and clean keyboards and other electronic nooks and crannies with compressed air and rubbing alcohol. Check out this guide for the specifics and a run-down by item.

Optimize Your Bedroom
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, where you can relax and unwind after a busy day. To get the most out of this space and to keep it a stress-free zone, devote some of your spring cleaning efforts to making it tidy and aesthetically pleasing to you. Clean your mattress to keep it fresh, consider cleaning or replacing your pillows, and store bulky winter clothes separately if you need to make room for your spring wardrobe.

Spring cleaning may not be the most fun activity, but the benefits far outweigh the effort. We hope we’ve inspired you to get your home ready for the new season! What are your best tips for spring cleaning? Join us on the Brookfield Residential Facebook page and let us know!