Hi Tradyo Community!
Let me introduce myself. I’m Jennanne. I’ve been writing blog entries for the Tradyo Community and Facebook pages for a few months now and I decided it was time for us to get to know each other better.
I am a Mom, living in Ontario with my 13-year old daughter. We face the same trials and tribulations of life, have expenses, and need to get rid of extra “stuff” just like many of you.
As the sole breadwinner for my little family of two, I also look for ways to save money, buy used when I can, recycle, and up-cycle. I use Tradyo myself to help me quickly and easily sell furniture, appliances, and too small clothes.
I like to write about things my family, friends, and neighbours are interested in reading.
Over the next few months, I will be sharing those thoughts, tips, tricks, and ‘wisdom’ right here. I hope you find these articles entertaining and helpful.
Today’s article is about dreaded Spring Cleaning …
Spring has sprung! Well, it “sprung”, hiccupped and snowed, then “sprung” again. But, this is Canada, so I should be used to the ever-changing weather by now, right? Once I see my first robin, I want to open windows and refresh my home.
It makes sense that a good spring clean is in order.
Full disclosure: I don’t like cleaning. In particular, I don’t like spring cleaning. I find it daunting and I usually get through one room and then I give up. This is why my garage is full to the brim with stuff and I have more unnecessary bits and pieces than anyone could reasonably use or need.
Knowing I have to face a good “purging”, I’ve been scouring (pun intended) the Web for tips and tricks, shortcuts, and life-hacks. I found a trove of information. Too much information. Almost every site I visited walked me through cleaning an entire house at once. (Did you know that one site has instructions on how to clean lightbulbs? Lightbulbs, really?)
Did I say ‘dauntng task’?
I need a quick list of tips that would help me tackle this job room-by room. I figure I can probably do one room per week without wanting to sell everything and move!
I decided I would have to write my own list and share it with you.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will walk you through a thorough Spring Cleaning that won’t leave you feeling flustered. And, I am going to follow my own advice. I welcome comments and other pointers here or on our Tradyo Facebook page.
Let’s Get Started!
Quick Kitchen Clean-Up
This will prepare the room for an easy de-clutter. This Quick Kitchen Clean Up can be done every day.
Grab all of your supplies before you start.
- Garbage can and recycling bin(s)
- Dish soap.
- Countertop and other surface cleaners.
- Dishrags, scrubbies, and sponges.
- Broom, mop, or vacuum.
Get Rid of the Dirty Dishes – Clear counters of dishes by hand-washing or loading the dishwasher.
Throw out any garbage or recyclables – Did you know that sprinkling baking soda in the trash bag eliminates odours until collection day?
Get rid of the clutter and items that don’t belong in the kitchen – Be efficient – put everything into a box or on the kitchen table and make one trip around the house at the end. (Or enlist the help of family members.)
Clear countertops of items that should be put away – Put anything that has a ‘home’ in the kitchen back where it belongs.
Wipe down surfaces – With a clean rag/sponge and your choice of cleaning product, wipe down countertops, stovetop, fronts of cabinets.
Sweep and mop, or vacuum – Sweep the floor, then mop or vacuum.
Take out the trash – If the trash is full, or tomorrow is trash day, take the trash outside and reline the trash container so that it is ready for tomorrow’s trash.
Start the dishwasher
There are certainly areas where a deeper cleaning can be done. I am listing those below. I recommend tackling at least one of these ‘deeper dives’ each week:
- Curtains/Blinds – Any fabric curtains and blinds should be checked to see if they need to be dusted, washed, or even dry-cleaned.
- Dusting – Yes, even the kitchen needs dusting! Do you have knick-knacks on the top of cabinets? Pictures on the wells? These probably need a quick dusting. This is a great opportunity to sort these items into keep, sell, donate, and throw. Don’t forget the blades on the ceiling fan and light fixtures and curtain rods. A vacuum is a great tool to reach the corners, windowsills. (We will talk about window cleaning in another blog).
- Oven – Most modern ovens have a ‘self-clean’ function. This takes hours so most of us never really get around to running it. My best advice is to run the ‘self-clean’ function early in the morning on a day when there will be someone in the house for the full period, just for safety.
- Fridge – Throw out expired food, containers that are almost empty, stuff you never use. Clear remaining items from each shelf. Remove and wash or wipe down each shelf.
- Microwave – Wipe all inner surfaces with a scrubbie and plain water.
- Cabinets – Match all the plastic containers and get rid of the unmatched ones. Take everything out of the cabinet and wipe all of the surfaces. Now is a great time to get rid of any dishes and glassware that you never use.
- Drawers – Pull all items out of the drawers (yes, even the junk drawer. Especially, the junk drawer) and wipe down all surfaces. You can use a vacuum to get any crumbs that may have fallen in from the counters.