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Living Amazing in 2012 with Goodwill

Spring Cleaning & Green Cleaning Tips

Posted by Holly Hirsch on Mar 2, 2012 10:44:00 AM

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There's no better way to ring in spring than with an organized home! Spring cleaning can be as simple as decluttering your life and living space. After you've organized, consider donating items you no longer want to your local Goodwill. You'll not only feel good about having a decluttered home, you'll also feel good about the individuals your donations are helping. For the items you choose to keep, check out our organizing and cleaning tips below!

Clutter Diet®

Lorie Marrero, Certified Professional Organizer®, organizing expert for Good Housekeeping and founder of the Clutter Diet®, has put together amazing videos to help you with your spring cleaning! Whether you're taking on one room or the whole house, you'll find some great tips to tackle the clutter here:

Start Getting Organized! Not sure where to start? This video provides great tips to help you establish a "plan of attack" for cleaning. A great tip this video provides is to start with the room that bothers you the most; once organized, it'll make the biggest difference in your daily life.

Setting Up a Donation Station. When you come across items in your home that you no longer need or use, having a designated donation spot for it prevents those items from piling up. This video provides some simple ways to create your personal "donation station." The next step is simple; head to your local Goodwill to donate!

Book Tips for Book Lovers. We all know Goodwill is one of the best places to find books of all types, at great low prices. Now that you've created your own personal library, see how to keep it not only looking organized, but tailored to your reading needs as well!

Get Organized Every Morning & Evening. For many of us, the times of day we feel the most unorganized are in the morning and the evening. Whether you've got to get the kids to school, get yourself to work, run errands or make dinner, there never seems to be any time for organization. Until now! This video will give you some great tips for setting up a daily routine for yourself.


Green Cleaning

Save some green and go green! Many of the best cleaning products can be found right in your kitchen pantry.

Vinegar

  • Get rid of bad odors on your countertops by wiping them with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar.
  • The top of the refrigerator seems to be a magnet for dust and grime. Reduce the build-up by wiping the top of it with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar.
  • Love coffee and tea but hate the stains they leave on your mugs? Scrub the inside of the mugs with equal parts salt and white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.
  • No need for harsh smelling chemicals to keep away kitchen bugs. Set out a tiny dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar to keep fruit flies away.

Lemon Juice

  • Get your furniture shining with homemade furniture polish. Mix together 1 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Apply a small amount to a cloth and rub evenly on surface of furniture.
  • Get rid of the smell in your garbage disposal by running lemon rinds through it.
  • Lemons have a natural bleaching component to them. Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto white linens, and allow to dry in the sunlight to get rid of stains.

Baking Soda

  • Keep your drains clean by putting a few tablespoons of baking soda in them weekly. Flush with hot water.
  • Get your barbecue ready for springtime grilling by sprinkling baking soda on the grills. Rinse before putting them back in place.
  • Mix a small amount of baking soda into water, and run a pot of coffee using the water. Run a second pot using just water, to fully rinse the pot out.
  • Soak your shower curtain in baking soda and water to get rid of the hard water stains at the bottom.

Sources:

Vinegar Tips

Life Hackery

Organized Home

Housekeeping

Topics: spring