You don't have to limit your spring cleaning to springtime, now is as good a time as any to handle some deep cleaning. Many of these heftier cleaning tasks involve heavy lifting and require stronger cleaning solutions than we use for our day-to-day chores, making them less than ideal for kids to help with. But there are some tasks that are suited to doing with your children, should you want to get them involved in your cleaning routine.
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Remember when you bought a new can opener because you thought you lost your old one? What do you plan on doing with that half-used roll of duct tape that's collecting dust in your garage? The last time you used that flashlight in the kitchen junk drawer was to pretend to be a jedi, wasn't it? These are all items you probably have lying around that you can consolidate into a home emergency kit. It might just save you and your family's lives.
Ever since Marie Kondo took the cluttered world by storm, simply having stuff has seemed like something of a faux pas. There are countless how-to guides on the need to streamline closets and pare down our book collections to only those that bring us "joy," whatever that means. I recently read an article that proclaimed the best minimalist workspace was one that didn't even include a desk, paper or computer -- ideally you'd just sit on the ground and think. As I looked around my desk, topped with books, journals, pens and pictures of my family and friends, I couldn't help but feel slightly ashamed about all of my possessions. Did I really need the 10-pack of Sharpies? Were the two new novels I bought for my upcoming trip bringing me joy?
Theoretically, it's better to spend more on quality, but that's only true if the quality item lasts. I used to have a bad habit of tossing my clothes into the dryer without giving it much thought. If you buy quality, this is an expensive mistake. Here's how to take better care of your clothes.
Closets are great because you can shove all of your junk in them, shut the door and it's like that junk doesn't even exist. Except it does and, eventually, your closets will overflow. If it's time to declutter your closet so you can actually find stuff to wear, we've got you covered.
If you're like me, you've never really thought to clean your window blinds. Fellow slobs, here's a PSA: Every now and then, your blinds get dusty and they need to be cleaned. To make it easier, One Crazy House recommends using tongs.
If you do spring cleaning properly, you'll end up with a stack of objects that are perfectly functional but have no place in your life anymore. Whether you want to sell them or give them away, we've rounded up your options.
This is exactly what always happens with spring cleaning. You start out with the best intentions and a burst of activity, then you get distracted by seemingly more pressing tasks and before you know it the whole process goes off the rails. When that happens, you have to own up to your mistakes, plan better and press on. And that's why our Spring Cleaning Week 2012 series has stretched from a week to a fortnight.
The challenge with spring cleaning is often throwing stuff out. Get started with this no-brainer list of items that have no place in your life.
We've got more bathrooms than ever, which means even more places to accumulate junk. To round out our room by room spring cleaning guides, here's some thoughts on bathroom clutter.
For a space largely devoted to sleeping, getting dressed and an activity which often involves no clothing, bedrooms sure can get messy. Our series of room by room spring cleaning guides looks at how to tackle bedroom tidying.
Call it the lounge room or the living room, it's the centre of our lives away from work -- and a major clutter magnet. Our series of room by room spring cleaning guides continues with some strategies to keep your lounge room under control.
Cooking can be both creative and relaxing, but not if your kitchen is a disaster zone of expired food and rarely used appliances. Our series of room by room spring cleaning guides continues with a kitchen clutter conquest strategy.