This last month I have cleaned things that I have never cleaned before. Things I guess that I have never really thought about...like floor vents. I vacuum them when I am doing the carpets but I rarely pull them right up to actually wash them.
The best way to wash your floor vents is with a mixture of hot water and vinegar. I soaked them right in the sink. If you have metal vents then don't leave them in for very long (1 minute) or else any areas that are no longer coated will rust.
Baseboards were scrubbed, window screens were taken out and washed in the shower. That little spot on the front loading washing machine door where the film builds up....scrubbed that away. I also spent a good deal of time in our 3rd bedroom/office AKA the place things go when we don't know where else to put them. I'm cleaning it up bit by bit in hopes that one day we will actually be able to keep the door open. I started to shred all of our sensitive documents that I have saved through out the year. I put them in a brown bag out in the garage beside the compost bin. Every time I put something in the bin I add a handful of the shredded paper which helps to keep the compost stink away in the warmer months.
Spring cleaning isn't just about dusting and scrubbing, it is about decluttering things and your life. That pile of things you have to sell, the pile that has been there for years. What is the "cost" of it taking up space? Will it save you stress if you just list it on Freecycle or donate it? We have these large rocks in our garage that have been there for 5 years. We keep talking about how they are worth money and we should sell them but we don't know what price to list them at. 5 years they have sat in our garage taking up space and the reality is that it will be easier to just put them up online as 'you want them come and get them'. Even easier would be putting them at the end of our driveway with a Free sign on them. They are going up online next week so we can free up the space they are taking up and so someone else can use them for what they are intended for.
I still have lots more to do but am well on my way to completing a good thorough spring cleaning.
Do you spring clean every year? What do you focus on?
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