It’s that time of the year again—time for spring cleaning. This article features 6 frequently forgotten tips for giving your home a fresh start this spring. Examples include checking the expiration date on your Tide to Go pen, changing smoke alarm batteries and cleaning dryer vents and air conditioner filters.
1. Check the expiration date on your Tide to Go pen.
If your Tide to Go Pen has passed its expiration date, it has passed its prime! Toss it and get yourself a new one with this $1.00 coupon.*
* Limit one per household. By mail, while supplies last.
2. Stock up on sunscreen.
To heed or not to heed the expiration date on your half-used bottle of sunscreen? The answer is yes, indeed! Sunscreen loses strength over time.
3. Don’t overlook your overhead fan.
Before you turn on the ceiling fan and let the dust fly, wipe it down with a soft damp cloth.
4. Change your batteries.
This year, when you change the clock for Daylight Savings Time, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, too.
5. Prepare for cool air.
If you want your air conditioner to take care of you when the heat sets in, you may want to take care of it while it’s still cool outside. Check the manual or ask your local service provider to learn how to change or clean the filters.
6. Update the first aid kit.
Every home should have a first aid kit. Check yours to make sure it is fully stocked before springtime scrapes and splinters send you scouring the house for tweezers, antiseptic, bandages, etc.
What are your spring routines or do you just treat it like any old regular day?
Things You'll Need:
- Step 1
What do you want. In the room you choose, what exactly do you want to change? Maybe you want to change it all, whatever the case may be, make a list of everything you will need.
- Step 2
Look around the house. You might have some items in a different room that could be used in the room you want to makeover. Perhaps that vase under the cabinet that hasn't been used in ages but you still keep. Consider placing it in the room if it matches or works for you.
- Step 3
Check the paper. Checking the paper for yard or garage sales could save you more than you think. Some might think yard sales are for lower income people but that is definitely false. You can find many good deals at these sales and right in your own neighborhood as well!
- Step 4
Make your own decor. If you are a crafty person, you could easily make a slipcover for that pillow or chair without having to spend much at all. If you do have to buy material, there are so many places to find good deals on materials.
- Step 5
Check it off the list. When you get something on your list, mark it off as well as write the price you paid down beside it. This way when you finish, you can see just how much money you saved.
How to Makeover a Room on a Budget
Organizing Ideas You Can Apply Lickety-Split
Let's face it. Life can get very hectic. With work, meetings, kids activities, and daily household duties, it seems like there are never enough hours in the day. Spending hours trying to organize every room in the house is something few of us ever have time for, but organizing doesn't have to take hours. Set aside just 30 minutes to put these 6 quick tips in place and start to see the timesaving results.
1) Caddy your cleaning supplies
How many times during your cleaning routine do your find yourself walking across the house to swap your glass cleaner for your all-purpose cleaner and then again for your dusting supplies? Although this may be good exercise, it isn't efficient use of your time. Simply put all of your cleaning supplies in a caddy or even just a basket with a handle. Don't forget to include a few dust rags or cut up old t-shirts. The next time you have to clean, just carry the entire thing with you to each room and rid yourself of those wasted steps.
2) Rid your laundry room of lost treasures
Laundry rooms tend to accumulate money, gum, and lone socks. In many homes these items take up precious counter space or flood the top of the dryer. To tackle this common problem, keep a mug and a small basket in the laundry room. As you are loading laundry into the washing machine, place any small objects found in pockets into the mug so all family members know just where to look to find their forgotten items. After folding the laundry, place any unmatched socks into the small basket. As their mate is found, the socks can be retrieved from the basket and paired back up.
3) Wrangle your hats, mittens, and scarves
If hats, mittens, and scarves tend to get lost or strewn around your mudroom, it's time to corral them. Keep them all in a decorative basket near the current drop-off point of the family. This way everyone can still quickly drop them off (this time in the basket rather than on the floor) and know exactly where they will be the next time they need them.
4) Tame out-of-control cords
Computer wires and entertainment system wires often become a tangled and unattractive mess. To tame this mess you can either buy some flexible plastic tubing, cut a slit up the side, and wrap it around all the cords, or you can use mailing labels. When using the mailing labels group like wires together, wrap the label around the cords, and fold the label back on itself so you have a small tab sticking out. On this tab make sure to write what the cords are so later you can quickly find any cords you need to access.
5) Number your leftovers
To keep track of how fresh (or old) your leftovers are, use a simple numbering system. Inside a cabinet door that is close to the fridge, place pieces of tape that are each labeled with a number from 1 to 31. If you often have more than one container of leftovers in a day, you will want multiple sets of numbers. As you prepare leftovers for the fridge, simply take the number that corresponds to that day's date and put it on the container. This will allow you to quickly know if the food is a few days or a full week old. When you finish eating the leftovers in the container, just take the number off and put it back in the cabinet to use again the following month.
6) Divide and conquer your drawers
Junk drawers and makeup drawers (and bags) especially tend to lack organization. We waste a lot of time shuffling through these drawers searching for things. By sorting the items and adding compartments, we can save ourselves a lot of time. There are many options when installing compartments into your drawers. Some people choose to buy kitchen utensil trays that already have compartments of various sizes for larger drawers. If you have a smaller drawer or don't want to spend much money, small baskets, plastic butter containers, baby food jars, and boxes could all work as inexpensive dividers. Sort the items so that like items are together. Each group should find a home together in a suitable compartment within the drawer.
For all of my any fellow thrifty decorator types out there, here are some ways you, too, can decorate on a budget:
Above all, remember this: Most great interior decorators employ the "eclectic" style, mixing and matching furniture styles, fabrics, eras, etc. It's time for us all to come out of the thrifty decorating closet and stand proud together!