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Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is the perfect time to clean and refresh your home. You can make your home feel new again with a little effort and organization. This blog will provide some spring-cleaning tips to help you get started.  Start with a plan: Before you begin, list all the areas in your home that need cleaning. Prioritize the areas that require the most attention then break it down and create a schedule that works for you. This will help you stay focused and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Declutter: Take time to review your belongings and remove anything you no longer need or use. This will not only free up space but will also make it easier to clean your home. Donate or sell items that are still in good condition and throw away anything that is broken or unusable. The Prop Shop in Eden Prairie is a great local donation center supporting families in need.  Focus on one room at a time: It’s easy to get sidetracked when cleaning, so focus on one room at a time. This will help you stay organized and ensure you get all the areas needing cleaning.  Dust from top to bottom: When dusting, start at the highest point in the room and work your way down. This will prevent dust from settling on surfaces that you’ve already cleaned.  Remember the windows: Clean windows can make a massive difference in the overall appearance of your home. Use a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to clean the inside and outside of your windows now that it is warming up.  Deep clean the carpets: Over time, carpets can accumulate dirt and dust that regular vacuuming can’t remove. Consider renting a carpet cleaner or hiring a professional to deep clean your carpets.  Clean your appliances: Your appliances, such as your oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher, can collect dirt and grime over time. Use a cleaning solution specifically designed for your appliances to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned.  Freshen up your bedding: Wash your bedding, including your pillows and comforter, to remove any dirt and dust that may have accumulated. Consider investing in new bedding to give your bedroom a fresh look.  Organize your closet: Spring is a great time to go through your closet and get rid of clothes that you no longer wear and store away your heavy winter clothes. Use organizing tools like shelves and hangers to keep your closet tidy.  Take care of outdoor areas: Remember to clean and organize your outdoor spaces, such as your patio or deck. Sweep away any debris and consider adding some plants or outdoor furniture to make your space more inviting.    Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, but by following these tips, you can make the process more manageable. Remember to take breaks when needed and reward yourself once you’ve completed your cleaning tasks. You can make your home feel fresh and new for the spring season with a little effort. 

Staying Organized in Small Spaces

Who said spring cleaning had to wait until the warmer months? Winter is a great time to get your home organized. There isn’t typically an abundance of space in a townhome or condo, however, so keeping your space organized can be difficult when there isn’t much room for storage. These tips should help keep your space free of clutter! Get rid of items you no longer use or want. It’s easy to keep accumulating things, and we often don’t notice until there’s too much stuff. Throwing away or donating your unwanted items is the best place to start when getting things organized. Store things upwards. Rather than buying a short, horizontal shelf, choose the tall, vertical shelf that takes up less room. This is a much better way to utilize space! Raise the beds. This is often done in dorm rooms to make more space for storage—by raising the beds, you’ll have space to put totes and other storage items. Keep functionality in mind. Your dresser can likely double as a TV stand in your bedroom, for example! Create zones. The living room doesn’t have to be just a room to hangout in—add a small kitchen table in the corner if there isn’t room for one in the kitchen, or create a home office in an unused area of your bedroom, for example. Use fridge space. The top of the fridge is a great home for cookbooks, pots, bowls, and even decorations. If you have a blender that you use every few weeks, for instance, keep it on top of the fridge rather than taking up counter space. Use the back of doors. Hanging caddies and even simple hooks can help keep a room organized, especially bathrooms with minimal room around the sink. Maximize closet space. If there’s room for it, putting your dresser in the closet can save you a lot of space in your bedroom. Place seasonal clothes in bins and keep them on shelves until it’s time to swap out your wardrobe for the new season! It’s a good idea to de-clutter a few times a year, typically once every season. This prevents the accumulation of unnecessary items and can keep your home looking organized and clean. Just because you have a small space doesn’t mean that you can’t have all the items you need—it just takes a bit of creativity to fit it all in.