How to Effectively Spring Clean Your Home

With springtime upon us, now is a good time to show you how to effectively spring clean your home. This routine can be used as a guide for fall cleaning as well.

how to effectively spring clean your home

How to Effectively Spring Clean Your Home

If you keep up with your cleaning routine throughout the year, your spring cleaning list shouldn’t be too long.

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Here are the areas in my home I clean twice a year, unless they need to be cleaned sooner:

  • Clean the window treatments. Drapes can be taken down and dry cleaned, machine washed or vacuumed with the upholstery attachment. Check the cleaning tag to make sure you don’t damage them. Sheers can usually be washed in the machine and valances can be vacuumed.
  • Shampoo the carpets.
  • Vacuum the sofa and chairs. Don’t forget to vacuum under the cushions.
  • Clean the blinds. I like to put my hands in a sock, spray with cleaner and go to town. You will definitely need more than one sock!
  • Clean the oven.
  • Clean the windows. A great trick is to clean the inside with a squeegee going vertically and clean the outside going horizontally. This will help you see any streaks. Also, choose a cloudy day to clean the windows to avoid spots from the sun.
  • Change the batteries in the smoke and /or carbon monoxide detector.

So, there you have it! By learning how to effectively spring clean your home, you will be able to keep it clean throughout the year.

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Organize the Home Office to Increase Productivity

Now that you’ve gotten your kitchen organized, it’s a great time to learn how to organize the home office to increase productivity.

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organize the home office to increase productivity

A home office can be designed for the work-at-home employee, and also for the person who pays the bills, keeps records, answers mail, and e-mail. Home offices can also be used by and designed for students.

The first step to organize the home office to increase productivity would be to figure out what your needs are. Think about what type of furniture, equipment, and privacy you’ll need and whether visitors will come into the office.

If you are creating an office in the corner of another room, try to blend the work space with the rest of the room and keep it clutter free. You can disguise your office by using an armoire. The doors open and it has shelves to store your equipment and supplies.

You can also put an office inside a closet. The closet should be at least 24 inches deep and you may have to add an electrical outlet. Use a stock desktop and install shelves to hold your supplies. Be sure to add a file cabinet, paper trays and a message board to customize the office space. For a file cabinet, you could use a storage ottoman, side table or wooden box instead of an unattractive file cabinet.

If you have a room that is used only as a home office, you have more flexibility in organizing and decorating it. Invest in furniture that maximizes storage (you’ll always need more storage than you think!) and keep everything you need within reach of your chair-no farther than 2 feet away. Keep books on your desktop or shelf and files in a file drawer or box near your chair.

A drawer can be used to store pens, pencils, stamps and paper clips. A drawer divider will help keep things in order inside the drawer. You could also use a desk organizer to store these items on the desktop.

Tame the wires of electrical equipment by running them up the leg and holding them in place with Velcro strips. There are also wire organizers that can be purchased to help keep them out of the way.

Place a tray or hutch on the desktop to keep papers organized.

Having a trash can and a shredder in the office will help keep the desktop from getting cluttered. Be sure to trash or shred any papers you don’t need.

Cardboard containers work well for hidden storage and magazine holders are great for holding magazines upright. Once the magazine holders are full, begin purging old issues to reduce clutter.

You will notice that once you organize the home office, you will be able to spend time working instead of searching for items or papers. When your home office feels good to be in, you’ll become more productive.

Which organizing tip is your favorite? Do you plan to implement any of these tips when you organize your home office? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. 🙂

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The Best Way to Organize Your Magazines

If you are like most people, you probably have more than a few magazine subscriptions, and a ton of magazines laying around! Now the question is: What is the best way to organize your magazines?

The best way to Organize your magazines

The Best Way to Organize Your Magazines

First, you will need to decide which magazines you really NEED to keep. If you are holding onto some of them because you may read them “someday”, it may be time to think about cancelling that subscription. You can also have the magazines delivered to someone else.

If you read magazines and mark pages to read later, consider tearing out the articles and filing them. Then when you find the time, you could go through the folder and read what interests you.

Recycle the unwanted magazines or see about donating them to your local library. Do not donate the magazines if you have removed any pages.

Next you will have to find a home for the magazines you want to keep. No, spreading them out on the kitchen counter/table is not an option. 🙂

A better option would be to store them in a magazine holder. Then you can place the holder on a desk or bookshelf. Once your magazine holder is full, you will have to remove and recycle one to add another to the collection.

You could also put your magazines in a basket and place it on the floor near your favorite reading area, or keep a tray on your desk just for your magazines. Again, when it is full, you will have to part with some in order to maintain order.

If you receive a lot of store catalogs, create a special place in your home to store them and when a new catalog arrives in the mail, recycle the old one.

You can also go digital with your subscriptions-then they won’t take up any space in your home.  Some magazines are available on your iPad, Kindle or Android device for free if you already have a mail subscription.

Now that you know the best way to organize your magazines,  you can begin clearing the magazine clutter that’s been accumulating in your home.

Do you have magazine clutter in your home? How do you intend to conquer it?

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