Spring Cleaning Tips: Time to Declutter Your Home

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Clearing your clutter can be a very difficult task.  You’ll spend hours putting things in trash bags, listing them on eBay/Amazon, deciding what items you do or don’t need to keep.  Organization can also be a big issue when throwing away items or even taking out items you need for the spring. Here is a list of spring cleaning tips and new organization ideas for your home/apartment to make this season’s cleaning a little less excruciating!

Let’s start with the kitchen

Time to clean out the fridge

Your first task is to dispose of all expired fruits, vegetables, dairy products, or other foods.  Once you’ve cleared out the old products, the best way to actually clean your refrigerator is by using a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combined with the abrasive texture of the salt makes a great cleaner!

Steer clear of using soaps and detergents, which leaves odors that food could absorb. If you can’t seem to get rid of an odor, scatter coffee grounds on a tray, and leave it in the fridge until the odor disappears.

Cleaning stainless steel

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Stainless steel is known to be prone to stains from heat and water.  To remove them, apply white vinegar with a soft cloth and rub. Always dry thoroughly after washing to prevent a film from forming.

Freshen up kitchen cabinets

You can easily clean kitchen cabinets with hot water and paper towel mixture.

Removing grease stains on kitchen appliances

Take one tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon of dish soap, and a 1/2 tablespoon of water and add the mixture to grease stain and clean thoroughly.

 Now off to the bedroom…

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Clean out that closet

After the brutal winter months, it is time to clean out that closet of all the extra clothes, personal items, games, and accessories that you do not need. Here are some guidelines to clearing your clutter with ease.

Extra items in your closet to dispose of NOW:

  • soggy board games (they were fun while it lasted)
  • miscellaneous (cables, wires, mouses, iPhone 3 chargers)
  • old receipts
  • that air mattress that leaks (you know you have it)
  • books you never read
  • expired makeup, skin care products, sunscreen
  • old tattered shoes
  • clothes that don’t fit anymore

Make a schedule

Set aside an hour a day or a few hours on the weekend to clean it out.  Make a list of the type of items you would want to go through each day. For example, Day A is shoe day and Day B is accessories.

Second opinion while cleaning out clothes

If your playing head games because you feel attached, it’s always good to have someone to tell you to snap out of it or even make the decision for you!

Share items on Social Media/ Sell online

Something fun you can do with old items is to share them via social media or on a blog. For instance, maybe you came across some vintage clothing you had from years ago or an old Atari console. Tweet about it, post a picture on your Facebook page, or pin it on Pinterest. Your friends might get a kick out of it. If that is not successful, trying selling on eBay/Amazon.

If you blog, make a post about some of your odd finds, or write a post about the nostalgia you got from some of the things you found in your closet.

Donate

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All those items that you think are outdated or don’t fit can easily be donated. So many people out there are in need of extra clothes and personal items. It is a great feeling knowing that you can perform a random act of kindness by giving to someone in need.  Some charities to donate to are American Red Cross, Goodwill and The Salvation Army.

Re-Gift (one man’s trash could be another’s treasure)

When it comes to re-gifting, try to use some discretion and follow re-gifting etiquette. Don’t give someone an old CD that is open and nobody would want, and never re-gift something to the person that originally gave you the gift. Stick to new items that haven’t been used.

Some popular items that you can re-gift are:

  • Baby clothes
  • electronics
  • Movies
  • Giftcards
  • Books
  • Wine and alcohol
  • Candles
  • Picture Frames

Run out of space for extra items you want to hold onto? Store them with Box&Co today, starting at $3.50 per container/month!

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