We’re publishing this soon after the first full day of summer, but we’re still thinking about spring.
Spring cleaning, to be exact. Even though the season may be over, the warm weather months are the perfect time to spruce things up around your house.
In this blog post, we’ll offer some tips for giving your house a proper cleaning, and some advice on storing the things you’re not ready to part with.
Getting ready to clean
Tackling a whole-house clean-up is a big job, and like any major project, you’ll need a plan. Set aside a day to begin cleaning and come up with a list of things to do.
From there, make sure you have the supplies you need and purchase anything that might be missing. Finally, before you clean, declutter. Clear out recyclables, rid your refrigerator of old food and get together clothing and other items you want to put into storage.
Cleaning without cleaning products
We’re not saying you should throw away your mops, rags and spray bottles. But there are plenty of common household items you can use to make cleaning easier:
1. Coffee filters
Use them wipe away smudges, dust, and fingerprints from TV screens and computer monitors. Just be sure to be gentle.
When people call their local paper a “rag,” they’re more on-target than they know. You can use old newspapers to clean mirrors or windows.
Just mix two cups of water, two teaspoons of liquid soap and ¼ cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle, spray it onto a glass surface and use the paper to scrub away stains. The paper’s ink serves as a mild abrasive and won’t leave streaks.
A single lemon can clean both your faucets and your microwave. Start by slicing a lemon in half and rubbing one of the halves against any water stains – aka hard water marks – on your faucets.
When you’re done, save the lemon halves and squeeze their juice into a cup of water. Drop the rinds into the water, and microwave for three minutes.
Wait five minutes and open the microwave door. The lemony steam from the cup will have loosened some of the gunk stuck to your microwave, making it much easier to clean.
4. Baking soda
Use a wet sponge and a sprinkle of baking soda to clean your stainless-steel sinks and faucets. If you’re facing tougher stains, add a bit of salt to the baking soda.
5. White vinegar
Have you noticed that the water pressure in your shower doesn’t seem as forceful as it once did? Try using white vinegar to clear out the mineral deposits that collect inside showerheads.
Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and secure it over the showerhead using a rubber band. Let it stay there overnight. After removing the bag, let the water run for a bit before getting in the shower to avoid smelling like vinegar.
I’ve cleaned out my house. Where can I store my things?
Home organization experts say that any major clean-out should end with you have three piles of stuff: the things you’ll keep, the things you can discard or recycle and the things you can sell or give away.
We’d suggest a fourth category: the things you want to keep, but maybe don’t have space to store. If that’s the case, you may want to consider a self-storage unit.
If you’re wondering where to put your post-spring clean-up things, Delta Self Storage can help. We offer secure, accessible and climate-controlled residential storage units at our facilities in Bayonne, Jersey City, and Brooklyn.
Contact us today to learn how one of our storage units can help you declutter your home.