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Once a year, we clear our schedules to do something that we’ve been neglecting for as long as anyone can remember: Cleaning.
Maybe it’s your kitchen or your car, or maybe underneath your bed. Maybe you’ve got a closet that’s so full you can barely shut the door.
Whatever it is we’ve all got a mess somewhere that could use some work, and now’s the time to do it!
Spring cleaning can be a laborious and overwhelming project to undertake, but we’ve got a few helpful hints to make this year’s to do list a little simpler.
Donate Your Old Clothes
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Maybe you're afraid of getting rid of old clothing items because you think that someday you night need them, or maybe you’re a clothes hoarder. Who knows? In any case, clothes have a way of piling up over time, and spring cleaning offers a perfect opportunity to tackle the project. So where do you start?
First of all, let me tell you the hard truth: that jacket you bought in the 90’s is not coming back. Do us all a favor and get rid of it.
Here’s a simple way to decide what to ditch. Turn all of your hangers backwards, and only redeposit them facing the correct direction after wearing whatever was hanging on them. Then, give yourself a time limit. After 6 months, a year, or however long you decide, donate anything that is still hanging backwards! (TIP: If you are cleaning out your entire closet, it’s probably best to allot a year for this process, so as to allow time to wear all seasonal items.)
Remove Hair From Carpet With a Tennis Shoe
If you've got a dog, a long haired cat, or thick hair that insists on falling out all over the place, then spring cleaning might present some extra challenges for you. Don't worry. There's a trick to save you from your hairy situation! This will take a little elbow grease, but it gets the job done. All you need is a tennis shoe and a lot of energy. Simply rub the bottom of the tennis shoe over the carpet in small, quick, circular motions while applying light pressure. this will pull up any hair that is stuck in the carpet and roll it into a small ball for easy disposal.
This can be a quick project, depending on the amount of hair and the size of the carpeted area, and it provides a much deeper clean than using a vacuum. Please note that it is important that the bottom of your show is clean. Please don't rub a muddy shoe all over your house.
Use the Dishwasher for More Than Dishes
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Nobody likes to do the dishes. Okay, maybe not nobody, but very, very few people. Even if you hate doing dishes, this trick will make you appreciate using the dishwasher. Once you've washed your actual dishes, (and emptied the dishwasher) run a load of various other items through to get them good and clean!
Things like toothbrushes, makeup brushes, combs, hair clips, and even some toys can be washed in the dishwasher.
This takes far less time and effort than cleaning each item by hand, and will likely leave them much cleaner that manually scrubbing them.
Freshen up Furniture with Baking soda
Furniture does a lot more than provide seating. The couch is a great place to enjoy a piece of pizza, some popcorn and a drink. For children, it's a great place to spill things and leave Dorito crumbs. It's easy to clean up the spills as they happen, it can be tricky to keep your furniture smelling clean.
To pull odors from furniture and leave it with a fresh scent, baking soda is a perfect go-to. Just sprinkle it evenly over the fabric surface and let it sit for an hour. When the time is up, simply vacuum up the baking soda. This trick will make your furniture will smell like new in no time!
Still too much work?
These tips and tricks make spring cleaning a lot easier, but it's a chore nonetheless. If cleaning is too much work for you on any level, don't worry. There are lots of local cleaning services who can do the work for you! Check them out below.
Carpet Cleaning Services
If you're carpets need to be cleaned, and you don't want to be the one to do it, that's...well, that's normal. No one wants to clean their own carpet. Check out these places where you can get someone else to do it for you.
If your whole house is a mess, call one of these full-service cleaning companies to come to your rescue.