Out With The Old, In With The New – Spring Cleaning Motivation

It’s that time of year again, where it’s time to get rid of clutter in your home, re-energize your home to bring on the warmer months. While that sounds exciting — we know spring cleaning can be a tedious and dreaded task none of us look forward to. Once it’s done though, you feel accomplished more than ever! Here are a few areas you can start with to get your home glowing!

Windows – Outer and Inner! The dirt loves to collect on windows, allow that grime to come off  from the snow and cold weather. A great trick from Good Housekeeping is to clean them on an overcast day to avoid the sun cleaning the cleaner off too quickly.

Lint Creates Problems! Like Fires! Which could be devastating. The National Fire Association states that 10,000 + Fires start from washing and drying machines. Cleaning out your lint should be in habit after every dry, but there are some tough to reach places you should be checking regularly.

Dust Bunnies are not Funny- They cause allergies, makes everything look bland so make sure you are dusting frequently. Spring Cleaning should be when you get rid of them as much as possible. I try to dust at least twice a week being in a dry climate.

Microwave de-grunge- Microwaves get gross, we all see it and it can be a real pain in the butt to clean them. Good Housekeeping told us:

1. Place inside a 4-cup large microwave-safe bowl that contains 1 cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, lime, or orange or several tablespoons of vinegar.

2. Turn on High for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy.

3. Let it sit to cool for 15 minutes before opening the door. Remove and wipe out inside.

4. Clean the rubber gasket around the door with a sponge dampened with water only. If the window is greasy, clean with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, then dry.

Deep Clean Carpets – Treat yourself to a professional cleaning once a year. No better time than spring to get this done. You’ll thank yourself later.

Move Furniture- Move it around to create a fun new space and while you’re at it, clean those tough to reach areas from all the gunk that gets under there.

Organize- Organize everything from important paperwork, toys, clothing, pantry and everything in between. This can take some time so make sure you are motivated! You’ll be surprised at the things you find!

Gardening- Time to pull all the dead plants and weeds out to make room for that gorgeous garden you’ve been dreaming about. Whether you want to get a professional in there or make it a family event; this allows some time out in the sun and spend time in nature which is good for the soul.

Freshen the Bedrooms- Flip your mattresses, wash all your bedding, rearrange your room. Your bedroom is your sanctuary, treat it like one!

Scrub that Bathroom- Bathrooms can get dirty quick. Especially if you’re me who loves makeup and has a thick head of hair. I go through and deep clean my bathroom at least once a month. But if you’re not as messy as I am, spring allows you to really clean out everything you don’t need.

DIY Cleaners

Most cleaners are harmful, to you, your family, and to the earth. We found some great recipes for some home cleaners that you wont feel guilty using!

Toilets: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda with 10 drops of tea tree oil into the toilet, then pour 1/4 cup of white vinegar in. Scrub away.

Tub/Shower: To rid of that mildew smell, mix 1 part water with 1 part vinegar and add some drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray and lets sit for a few minutes then wipe away with a sponge or wet rag.

Floors: Mix one part vinegar, one part warm water (add essential oils) and mop away. I personally like to add in a spray bottle and go over with a floor steamer.

Below here is a diagram of all natural cleaning products that you can mix and match to combat tough stains and grime around the house! Special thanks to Earth911!

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Workouts & Clean House – Summer Bod Time

Okay, sure it’s been done before. Everyone has an at home regime to attempt to “get fit”. If you’re anything like me, that lasts about a week. Then back with the tacos and lounging around. But if you’re anything like me, again. I love to clean. My house has to be spotless or else I go crazy. So what do I do? I combine cleaning with working out! I probably look ridiculous doing so, but I have noticed working out to be a little less daunting.

Here are the 3 different workouts I do during my daily chores.

  1. 10 Squats for every dish that goes in the dishwasher: Whether that be 3 dishes or 15, I always do 10 squats between every rinse and stick in the dishwasher. It’s harder than it sounds.
  2. Floorboard Pushups/Planks: Floorboards put you on the ground anyways, may as well get those biceps and abs working while down there! I alternate between the two and do 30 second plank or 10 pushups.
  3. Mop Lunges: While mopping, I’m definitely lunging as I go. I sometimes use a resistance band if I’m feeling it. Lunges are never a bad thing for buns of steel and you’ll start feeling the burn pretty quickly.

So while it may not be much, I pride myself in having a spotless house which means the cleaning supplies are out multiple times a week. If you’re not an avid cleaner, not to worry. Work your way up from one day to a few days a week. The more you do these easy workouts, the more you’re going to want to! Put on some of your favorite music and get to steppin’!