Spring Cleaning

Monday, March 23, 2009

Friday was the official first day of spring, which means SPRING CLEANING TIME! Whoo Hoo!

I’ve never been found of cleaning – I mean who is? But I nothing makes me happier than the end result. I love a clean apartment!

Here are some of my favorite small spring cleaning tips.

* I once read you wear 20 percent of your clothes 80 percent of the time. To that point, I like the rule that if you don’t wear something for a full year - toss it (or donate!). My exceptions are cocktail dresses, coats and suits. Oh and any item you just know that will come back in style. I still wear my Express leggings from the mid-90’s.
* Clean up your computer. Organize your files and photos and don’t forget to back up your information. You don’t want to lose your files and especially your music!

* Toss your old makeup. Foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer and eye shadow should only be kept for up to a year. Mascara should be tossed after six month. Wash your brushes weekly.

* If you have any old cell phones laying around, donate them to The Wireless Foundation (http://www.calltoprotect.org/), which refurbishes old phones for domestic violence survivors.

* Give your appliances some TLC. Clean the inside of your dishwasher by washing down the walls and then sprinkling some baking soda inside and running it on the light cycle.

* When packing your sweaters and winter coats away, place some dryer sheets in between your garments to keep them smelling fresh.

* Still have your holiday cards lingering around the house? Send them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (http://www.stjudesranch.org/). Kids cut off the front of the card, glue them on to new cards, resell them for a profit for abused and neglected youth.

(Sources: The book “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” via a magazine article, Cosmopolitan Mag, Martha Stewart Living; Photos: Istockphoto.com)