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04 March 2010

More Spring Cleaning!

If I make it through the kitchen I think a good reward is a few new song downloads on itunes.. A new CD always makes cleaning a little easier!


Spring Cleaning the Living Room takes even more time than the kitchen but it sure is a little easier. A big part of Spring Cleaning for us is Purging… we collect so much stuff over the year, sometimes we end up with 2 of the same board game or movie. The closet where we keep all that stuff isn’t in the living room but it is where we use it all.. I started a couple weeks ago and went through most of it (so we could claim the donation on our taxes!) I think one extra step I might take this year is cutting down on how much SPACE the DVD’S and CD’S take up, there are a lot of option for storing them now, some are expensive and some are not. I need to find a solution that will take up less space AND not put a huge dent in the budget.. I found THESE called Disc Sox, they seem like a pretty good idea.. Hoping to find something similar with a lower price tag! I actually took some of our DVD’s we weren’t going to be watching again and got just over $40 for them! I was amazed that the TV on DVD still gets a pretty good price. I used that money to buy some disc holders.. They are plain and each hold 80!


~Once I get done purging and am ready to move on to the real cleaning I start by throwing the toss pillows and throw blankets in the washer. When they are done most of the throws get put away until fall.

~Move the rug into another area and cover it lightly with baking soda, then rub it in, if you have kids I bet they can do a good job of rubbing it in with their feet and socks on! I will vacuum it later. If that’s not how you clean your rug you can do the old fashioned beating… also probably ok for kids to help with! I like to take it out first since dust will just settle on it once I start dusting!

~Dust top to bottom, behind and under. Behind our TV gets HORRIBLE.. The TV is a dust magnet and it gets so hot with all the dust back there. I have heard some people rub dryer sheets on them to help repel the dust, we don’t use dryer sheets so I haven’t tried it. Don’t forget to dust the books too!

~Is it time to update those pictures in the frames? If you are taking them down might as well clean them too! I try to change out our pictures every couple months.. The kids notice and enjoy talking about the new pictures!

~Take the cushions off the couches and collect all that change you didn’t know you had.. And at our house it comes with 3 Barbie shoes and a dozen random ponyville pieces. Vacuum underneath and all the cracks. While I have the cushions off I spray the homemade freshener spray under the cushions.

~Clean the furniture. We have micro fiber that shows EVERYTHING, but luckily I have had good luck getting all the spots off with baby wipes, when the wipes don’t work I get the portable steamer out!

~I use the portable steamer on all the furniture anyway.. Steam sanitizes and hopefully any stinky smells go away with it! After they are dried I use the freshener spray on them as well.

~Mirrors if you have them do they deserve a good cleaning? Mine do! I do mine the same time as the windows and fireplace glass.

~I tend to move the furniture around this time of year also.. Just so something is different (for a little while at least)



I feel like I am missing some major things this time… Any ideas?!

6 comments:

  1. I just started my spring cleaning this week,I am going room by room one a day.It feels so good to know my home is clean.Do you have a recipe for the homemade freshener spray?I would love to try some.

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  2. Yeah! It's on a post somewhere around here. I use a fingertip sprayer, from the travel size section of the store, fill it about halfway with rubbing alcohol and then the other half with any lotion you like, I prefer either baby lotions or bath and body works silky ones.. I think they dissolve better. I just shake it up really good and spray away! Ive never had it leave a mark on anything but try somewhere out of site first!

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  3. We just watched an infomercial for the Shark portable steamer. Is that the one you have? I really want one, but wanted to talk to someone who already has one first, to see if it's worth it... So, how do you like it?

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  4. Im spring cleaning as well. Im doing it room by room as well. Im so excited because I finally finished the laundry room and the best part, hubby noticed....WOOHOO! We are also biog purgers in the spring as well, its very liberating!

    I am definatley going to try that spray, thats amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I too am considering a Shark portable steamer as well. I was also wondering how well you like it and if you would recommend purchasing one. I am thinking about the Shark floor steamer for my kitchen too!

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  6. I LOVE the floor steamer.. I use it much more than the portable one.. but the portable one is amazing for bathrooms and mattresses!

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