Every month I post a short list of five things to clean. I’m not writing about washing your floor or making your bed. I’m talking about those little things, that you almost never clean. Things like your remote control, you phone and so on. I hope my list will make you say “Oh, that’s gross. I need to clean that!” Yeah, I know. I’m the sole blogger on this planet that wants you to exclaim “gross” over a suggestion from them. What can I say? I’m an odd duck. So here it is, happy cleaning!
1. lamp shades and bases: Rarely cleaned, cobwebs and dust abound. Give it a quick swish. Depending on the material what you use can be different. Choose the best cleaning option for you.
2. Windowsills: All that goop from rain and winter snow has accumulated in the sash. Clean it! I use bleach wipes. Quick and easy!
3. Filters in your air purifier: It’s allergy season. Anyone else suffering? I am. I rely on several air purifiers. When was the last time you cleaned them. Some can be simply wiped out, others need a new filter. Do it now! Give that machine a once over so it can work optimally.
4. Water Bottles: We all have those reusable mugs and bottles. You can run some of them through the dishwasher. You can also use an infant bottle brush to scrub the inside if you prefer to hand wash.
5. Banister and Slats: Ever washed your banister and the slats? You will be surprised at the amount of dirt and grime that comes up. If you have real wood don’t forget to treat it with special cleaning products.
How is this list? Do you have something you would like me to include in the next month’s post? Let me know in the comments below.
It’s a new month and I have five more things for you to clean as part of Spring Cleaning. Here they are:
- Cabinets in kitchen. Wipe them inside and out. This is a great opportunity to add shelf liners, rid yourself of extra plastic bins and other extras or one offs. Be sure to wash the silverware organizer.
- Clean the backsplash, walls, and light fixtures in the kitchen.
- The floor and baseboards in the kitchen.
- The counters, and any additional small appliances or furniture in the kitchen.
- The linen closet.
Keep in mind this is a great time to downsize and declutter too.
Spring is here. So that means Spring Cleaning. You always have to stay on top the dirt and grime. Here are five things to give a really good deep clean to. Take some time and get that grime!
- Clean the microwave and oven. Give the inside a good clean for each. Make sure to cover the outsides, range, and all the buttons, knobs, and filters.
- The dishwasher. Wipe down the outside and sides of the door. You can use vinegar to clean the dishwasher on a hot cycle. The dishwasher is made to handle the acid of vinegar. DO NOT use vinegar in the clothes washer. It is all over blogging and some women’s magazines. It will ruin your clothes washer. It will rust out the drum. The previous owner had done them and the result was the drum looked like Swiss cheese and collapsed. I had to buy a new washer!
- Clean out your pantry. Wipe it out and throw away all expired food.
- The Fridge. Just like the pantry, wipe it out, remove the drawers to clean. Toss out unused and expired food.
- Finally clean the sink, soap dish, sponges and underneath the sink.
Nest month I’ll add 5 more items to the deep clean Spring clean.
One of my monthly features is about the concept of decluttering. I usually give 10 things to look at. You don’t have to do all of the 10, but they are things to think about. Life for me gets overwhelming. These give me a reminder that I should check certain things. I am trying to live a more minimal lifestyle. However, I am not a minimalist. Far from it. It’s a daily struggle. While I’m not a pack rat, I do keep things. I constantly am refining what I keep and what I donate or trash. Here is my list for this month:
- Back to school clothes. Try them on, donate what is too small or used.
- Summer clothes. Get rid or donate what is worn out. Don’t store stuff that is not going to be used.
- Summer toys or items. Those empty bottle of sunblock can go. Is your plastic pail missing it’s handle? Recycle it.
- DVR. Clean out your DVR shows. Too many Law and Order reruns? Can you get rid of them? What are you going to watch? Clean up your shows.
- School Supplies. Most of us have gone shopping for supplies already. Check to see if your home or school needs a little extra. Nothing is worse than trying to find a certain type of marker in the middle of winter because yours dried out.
- Fall Decor. Getting out your Autumn decor in preparation for the leaves changing? What can you toss. What do you need? Get rid of those old, dirty gel clings. Have your kids outgrown the Snoopy Halloween decorations?
- Chips/Pantry Items. School is starting or has started for some of us. Now is a great time to toss all your expired food, or unused and stale food. Many stores will have sales to get rid of their excess back to school food packs. Look for those deals.
- Plastic Bags. I keep my plastic bags. I use them when I scoop out the litter box. Do you have a stash of these bags? Do you use them? If not, you may have to do a little clearing of this stash. Many big box retailers now allow you to bring in your unused plastic bags to get them recycled. Call your local Target or Walmart to see if they have these recycle bins in their store.
- Paper Bags. This could have gone in number 8. I keep it separate because I think of my paper bag stash as separate from the plastic one. I keep those paper bags to use for garbage. I keep the ones with the good handles for carrying things. Sometimes you just have too many. Let them go, or at least cull the herd.
- Pet Supplies. We recently got kittens. Yup, they are cute and they know it. They can also be a bit destructive. I get rid of those things that they destroyed. Are there toys that your dog or cat doesn’t like? Maybe a carrier that you no longer use? Many rescue organizations are willing to take gently used or like new donations. Check with your vets office too. Mine always needs towels. If your pet doesn’t like the stuffed alligator you got them let it go. It’s not personal, although it is a cute alligator.
Well that’s it. The ten for this month. What have you decluttered? Let me know in the comments.
Here is the monthly list of 10 things you need to clean. These are things that you normally don’t clean on a day to day basis. Things that maybe you have forgotten about cleaning or things you have let go. Take these ten for the month and get some things accomplished.
- Wash the pet dishes. When was the last time you put Fido’s or Fifi’s dishes through the dishwasher? Get them in there for an extra sparkle.
- Pet Food Storage. Staying in the pet theme, clean you pet food storage. We take our dry cat and dog food and put it in a Tupperware-esque container to keep it secure and fresh. Get all those crumbs out of the bottom and give it a good soap and water rinse.
- Garden Supplies. Fall is here. I’ve already put away my flower pots. I tossed a few that were on their last legs. Get rid of that awful tomato cage that doesn’t work, or the old rusty garden trowel.
- Desk Drawers. Since we are in the back to school time you can replace much of your supplies with new that is also on sale. Get rid of the nubby pencils, buy an electric pencil sharpener, get new markers etc.
- Bathroom drawers. Kind of the same as the above. College is starting. There are a lot of sales on cosmetics and personal care items. Get rid of the unusable and empty for new.
- Bathroom holders. Since we are on the topic of bathrooms it’s time to clean out all those bathroom holders. Everything from the soap holder in the shower to the items underneath the sink give a good clean.
- Purse. We’ve all had to clean out our bags. Now is the time to take a moment and give the bag a real cull. Take the time to buy some bag organizers to make things easier to find.
- Cup holders. My car cup holders are always getting disgusting. How are yours holding up?
- Glove Compartment/Center Console. Get those old CD’s out of there. Can’t remember what that cord is for? If it’s not your phone or other device let it go.
- Hobbies. Okay, this is sort of a big category isn’t it? Well, I’m not asking you to clear out a hobby itself. Just to pick one hobby, let’s say scrapbooking. Go through all your supplies and clean them out. An ink pad that is dry. Let it go. That baby bottle stamper you bought when your child was born, who is now 12 years old. Donate. You get the point. Pick just one hobby though. Let me know what you chose in the comments below.
Here are 5 things to declutter this month. Why not 10 you say? Normally I will do 10, but August is a busy month for everyone. I usually do this post at the beginning of the month. So here is the condensed version.
- Go through all your child’s papers from last year.
- Go through school supplies you already have. Should any be tossed or replenished?
- Try on fall clothing. What is too small, too worn?
- Check you tote bags and backpacks for signs of wear. What can you get rid of?
- Go through all the items you have collect this summer. What do you keep or get rid of?
There may only be five items but they do involve some work. If you have children like I do, I think of the year in terms of the academic calendar and not the normal one. So get ready to work! If it’s any consolation, I have to collect bugs with my child for a Science class. Ugh.
There are so many things we forget to clean. Little things that sometimes get missed. Here is a little reminder to clean those easy to forget things.
- Wash those trash cans! Trash doesn’t always stay in the bag. Things leak. Every 4-6 months I give them a good soak, scrub if needed and rinse. Keeps them from smelling.
- Clean your fake plants. Yup, they need a good clean every now and then. Dust accumulates on the leaves and blooms. Give them a good shake, use a blow dryer or a damp cloth to get them clean.
- Dust those hanging lights. Dust and cobwebs are sometimes hard to find. So give them a good clean every season.
- Clean the toothbrush holder.
- Ear buds and cellphone or charger. When was the last time you cleaned your phone accessories?
- Reusable bags. Can you wash them or wipe them out? Sometimes things leak or get crushed in those bags.
- Dish rack.
- Clean off your bulletin board. School is about to start, you will need the space.
- Wash those backpacks and lunchboxes from last year.
- Clean those fall coats if you haven’t done so, and get them out of storage.