Go On A Spring Cleaning Sprint
If the mention of spring cleaning conjures up thoughts of hours up to your elbows in Comet -- think again. A quick pick-up can leave the basic rooms in your house spic-and-span. Here are some tips from our top experts on how to take a fast & furious spring cleaning trip through your kitchen, den, bedroom and bath.
Cruise through the kitchen
"If your kitchen is disorganized, the prospect of cooking can be overwhelming," says Julie Morgenstern, author of Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life. Morgenstern recommends clearing the clutter with these easy steps:
Be a demon in the den
"The more knick-knacks you have, the longer it will take you to dust and clean them," says Dana Korey, owner of Away With Clutter located in San Diego, California. In fact, according to the national Soap and Detergent Association, getting rid of excess clutter will eliminate 40% of housework in the average home. With that in mind, Korey suggests a den do-over. Follow Korey's de-cluttering tips:
Throw out all magazines that are more than two months old. "You'll never have time to read them and you can find much of the information on the magazine's website anyway," says Korey.
Gather together all the books you're done reading and donate them or sell them on Amazon, eBay or craigslist.
Take stock of the kids' toys by asking them if they still like playing with them. If not, rather than letting them become dust collectors -- donate them. "You'd be surprised how much kids are willing to let go of if you ask," Korey explains.
Bombard the bedroom
Mary Findley, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Cleaning, says that cluttered bedrooms are a breeding ground for dust and mold. To do a basic bedroom clean-up:
Round up stray books and magazines and put them into stackable tote trays or baskets. "You can always sort them later on a rainy day," says Findley.
Put on a pair of clean, old white cotton tube socks and spray them with your favorite wood treatment product. Work across the furniture with the right hand circling counterclockwise and the left hand clockwise.
Vacuum the floor then spray with straight, food grade distilled white vinegar to kill mold spores and discourage dust mites.
Blitz the bathroom
You're psyched. You're equipped. You're armed with the best mildew remover known to man. Neil Wertheimer, editor-in-chief of Fresh Home magazine, has these speedy solutions to cleaning a bathroom in no time flat.
Karen Leland is the bestselling author of seven books, including the recently released Time Management in an Instant: 60 Ways to Make the Most of Your Day. She is the co-creator of the Productivity Pad™ product line and a columnist for The Huffington Post. Karen has written for Women's Day, Self, The Los Angeles Times and others. She can be reached at www.timetamer.com.