This post is Part 4 of our Spring Cleaning Series.
Clearing out the Closets:
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a fear of what thing lurks in the closet in the dark of night. But, keeping your closets clean is important for keeping your wardrobe organized. So, let’s do something about the piles of stuff in there – CLOSET MONSTERS BEWARE!
- Empty your closet and wash the walls and baseboards with a sponge and warm, lightly soapy water.
- Time to pack up your winter clothes and break out the warm-weather stuff! Make sure you store winter clothes in moisture-proof containers. Cardboard boxes aren’t the best way. Plastic bins with tight-fitting lids with some cedar blocks or moth balls thrown in to keep the pests away are your best bet! Unused suitcases work well in a pinch. Put some pieces of chalk in a small cloth bag to help absorb moisture. If you need off-site personal storage, make sure it is climate-controlled!
- Doesn’t fit you any more? Out of fashion? Donate it or sell it on E-Bay! One person’s trash is another’s treasure! Getting rid of clothing items you no longer want or need is the best way make more space in your closet.
- If you just can’t bear to part with it, those weird little space bags work! You can put clothing items in them and suck all the air out with your vacuum cleaner to maximize space. Get a few for your closet, you’ll be glad you did.
- Use quality hangers in your closet and group your wardrobe by color. This will help you pick out what to wear each day. And, having good quality clothes hangers are a necessity. If you have cheap wire hangers, your clothes will always be falling onto the floor and get all wrinkly. That’s not good.
- Another great idea for reducing the amount of stuff in your closet is the host a clothing swap party. Of course, this probably won’t fly with the fellas… but, it is still a good idea. Do I look fat is these jeans?
- Hang a closet freshener. A great, inexpensive method is to go to your local home store and purchase a board of Eastern Red Cedar – also known as “aromatic cedar.” You can cut it into 8″ long by 2″ wide strips, drill a hole in the top, run a wire through it and hang it in your closet. Helps keep things smelling great and keeps the moths away!!
Making the Bathroom Shine:
In my home, the bathroom probably sees more traffic than any other room in the house. Not only is it a place for long, hot baths… it also doubles as a reading room! More importantly, a clean bathroom makes for a cleaner you! To make your bathroom shine, follow these tips:
- Wash walls and baseboards with a sponge and warm, lightly soapy water.
- Sweep the floor thoroughly. Bathrooms notoriously collect hair in odd, hard-to-reach places. So, be ready to get down on your hands and knees to inspect!
- Mop the floor with a good disinfecting floor cleaner.
- Use a vinegar and water mixture to clean your bathroom mirror(s). A wadded up sheet of newspaper is a great way to dry it off without any streaking or use a micro-fiber cloth.
- Use a good disinfectant to clean all the bathroom fixtures.
- Go through your medicine cabinet and make sure you throw out any out-dated medicines. Wipe things down in there while you’re at it.
- Empty your linen closet and wipe it down. Re-fold any jumbled linens and put them all back in place.
- Game of Thrones: A clean toilet is a necessity! Any mild abrasive powder, like COMET®, and a good toilet brush can take care of pretty much any unsightly stains in the toilet bowl and on the surface of the toilet. If over time your water has left rust stains in the bowl, an interesting trick is to pour a bottle of Coca-Cola® in the bowl… making sure to coat the bowl from top to bottom. Let the Coke® sit for a half-hour or so and then scrub it with a toilet brush. You can probably use some generic cola if you want, but I prefer the name-brand stuff. Your toilet bowl should be rust-free! So, have a Coke® and a, uh… smile!
- Shower Curtains: Again with the baking soda. Sprinkle a bit on a damp sponge and scrub. If you’re using the sponge method, you might want to take them down and outside for easier cleaning. Let them dry in the sun! If you have a fabric shower curtain, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning them. You should be able to just throw them in the washing machine on a delicate cycle.
- Grout Mildew: There are many commercial mildew removers for tile grout that will work just fine for cleaning grout mildew. But, if you are the Do-It-Yourself type, a great remedy is to use a mixture of baking soda (16 ounces), liquid dish soap (4 tablespoons), and warm water (1 cup) to clean the mildew from your tile grout. This will make a paste that you can spread on and scrub with an old toothbrush. You’re in the Army now!!
Download our Spring Cleaning Closets and Bathrooms Checklist in PDF format to help you get started!
Tune in next week for the final installment of our 5-part Spring Cleaning series: Home Office and BONUS Tips!