Early Spring in Arizona    download pdf

While most of the country, is still experiencing winter time and cold weather, we fortunate Arizonans are enjoying beautiful, warm and sunny days. Open doors and windows bring us that special gift of soft gentle breezes.

What a good time to be outside or to tackle those inside tasks we put on hold months ago!

One of the great benefits of doing projects like spring cleaning and getting your home organized is the wonderful sense of accomplishment you feel when you finish. Literally, you feel energized from the top of your head down to your toes. Your activities outdoors are more enjoyable because you are not thinking of all the items on your seasonal to do list.

Where do you start?

A good place is to begin is from the furthest, least traveled or least accessed area of your home like a closet. If you live in a home with two or more levels, you could start at the highest level and work downward.

A few tips to keep in mind:

“The 6-month rule – get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past six months (Not including seasonal items used once or twice a year).

Garage or Estate Sale – Putting items in the garage until you have a sale can free up closet space and net you a few hundred dollars or more.

After organizing, clean each area or room as you go.

Closets           

  • Get rid of old items or clothing you are not using and don’t plan to use.
  • If it has sentimental value, purchase a large plastic storage bin with a lid and put a tag on the outside “Memoirs”. Eliminate things that don’t fit in the box and/or won’t leave you room for future items.
  • Keep heavy items or boxes closer to the ground to prevent injuries.
  • Don’t forget to wipe off the shelves, especially the corners.

Bathrooms

  • Clean out items stuffed in the back of cabinets.
  • Check all health products and medications for expiration dates. Even mouthwash, creams, etc have expiration dates.
  • Clean out drawers and wipe them out with a disinfectant.
  • Be sure to throw away and replace any make-up or cosmetics that are older than 6 months. These can cause infections or contribute to allergies.
  • Get rid of old bottles in the shower on corner shower shelves.
  • Wipe off the light fixtures and bulbs.

Bedrooms

  • What’s under the bed? It’s amazing what you can find in a teenager’s room!
  • Clean out dresser drawers and get rid of old clothes or socks with holes.
  • Organize book shelves and toy boxes.
  • Stuffed animals can be put in a pillowcase with the pillowcase tied shut and placed in the washer on gentle cycle to get rid of all the dirt and micro bacteria. Then air dry or place in dryer on Delicate cycle while still in the pillowcase.

Living Rooms / Family Rooms

  • Check under couch cushions for hidden objects or old food. You might find money!
  • Check under furniture on the floor for any hidden objects or food. Great place to find dog or cat toys!
  • Clean out all cabinets or drawers for old games or unused items

Laundry Room

  • Move washer and dryer out away from the wall to clean the floor and check for loose hoses, leaks, or loose dryer vents. You will be amazed at the size of those dust bunnies!
  • Clean out any cabinets and get rid of unused items

Kitchen

  • Clean out all cabinets
  • Get rid of any boxed or canned food items that are past the expiration date
  • Organize by type, e.g. glasses in on one shelf, plates and bowls on another shelf, etc.
  • Group food storage items on separate shelves, e.g. baking items on one shelf, canned goods on another shelf, breakfast items on another shelf, etc.
  • Keep heavier items like pots and pans on the lower shelves to avoid injury
  • Clean out all drawers and make one drawer the ‘junk drawer’ for misc. items

Windows

  • Wipe off windows inside and out.
  • Clean the screens with a piece of old carpet to scrub off the dust.

Garage / Storage Shed

  • Take old paint cans, old chemicals, and old cleaning products to your local hazardous waste site
  • Organize your cabinets into groups, one for cleaning supplies, one for tools, one for seasonal holiday decorations, etc.
  • Put up wall hooks for bicycles and or hand tools to make more space.
  • Throw away old or broken items
  • Organize screws, nuts and bolts, or misc parts by putting them in separate jars or cans with a label on the front.
  • Group tools into small boxes or bins by type, i.e. screwdrivers in one, wrenches in another, etc.

Simple Cleaning suggestions

Refrigerator  Combine salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner. (HGTV)

Lime Deposits around faucets         Lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove. (HGTV)

Happy Cleaning 🙂

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